“Women filmmakers need women film critics”: Meet Spectra, afrofeminist media partner for the London Feminist Film Festival

Spectra, a writer, media activist, afrofeminist social commentator, and human rights advocate, has joined London Feminist Film Festival as a media partner. Spectra regularly publishes news, opinions, and personal stories about gender, sexuality, media, and diversity as they pertain to Africa and the Diaspora, on her blog Spectra Speaks.

She is also the founder and executive director of Queer Women of Color Media Wire (QWOC Media Wire), a media advocacy and publishing organisation that amplifies the voices of lesbian, bisexual, queer, and/or transgender women of colour and diaspora around the world.

We have great admiration for Spectra’s work and her passion to amplify the voices of marginalised women which we feel aligns well with our mission to support women filmmakers and to provide them with a platform for their voices and their work.

“I’m incredibly honored to have been invited to support the London Film Festival in its inaugural year. Many of the films that have inspired me, and saved me, by arming me with affirming reflections of myself, were made by women filmmakers. Thus, women’s film festivals are my Neverland, a place where ‘silly ideas’ like gender equality and diversity in media are available in obscene amounts, and creatives of all stripes collaborate, compete, and play, conjuring what often feels like a feminist brand of fantasy in a very patriarchal world. The audience, and the critics, therefore, are the bridge between fantasy and reality, for their impressions have the potential to live beyond the festival, and make it into the arenas in which the fight for marginalized women’s voices is even more vital. Women filmmakers need women film critics to discuss and validate their work, in context, when seemingly outside of it. So, I applaud the London Film Festival for attempting to nurture a feminist film space that honors both the role of critic and creator”.

Spectra frequently conducts artist profile interviews and writes afrofeminist reviews of film and media produced by women and the diaspora. We are pleased to say that she will be reviewing a number of LFFF 2012 films in the run up to the festival.

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