LFFF 2013 starts today!

Beryl Magoko’s powerful FGM documentary The Cut will open the 2013 London Feminist Film Festival in our opening session BODY POLITICS at 3.30pm today. In the panel discussion for this session we will hear from Elizabeth Gezahegn-King (Africa Programme Manager at FORWARD), Rebecca Sesny (director, Still Fighting), and Kate Smurthwaite (Vice Chair of Abortion Rights) and the discussion will be chaired by Hannah Pool (journalist, curator, and Chair of UK Feminista).

Then at 6pm we have the World Premiere of the inspiring documentary The Spice Girls of India, along with shorts Falling Blossom and Women Rising: Political Leadership in Africa. We have another amazing panel lined up for this session, which will be chaired by Naila Kabeer (Professor of Gender and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science) and will feature Rama Dieng (writer, blogger, and development practitioner), Rahila Gupta (Southall Black Sisters), and Punita Bhatt (research fellow at Open University specialising in women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship in India).

Tickets are still available for both sessions so you should be able to get them online and hopefully on the door too.

Tomorrow at LFFF 2013 …

Tomorrow the Hackney Picturehouse will be host to LFFF2013’s CLAIMING SPACES session, which will explore how women are standing up to claim spaces for themselves and other women in various aspects of life. In the panel discussion following the screening, we will be privileged to hear from directors Kelly Gallagher and Teena Gill, who both flew into London to attend the UK Premieres of their films. And if that wasn’t enough reason to come and join us tomorrow, Hackney Picturehouse is running their usual Bargain Monday tomorrow, so all tickets to CLAIMING SPACES are just £6 each!

We hope to see you today at the opening of LFFF 2013!