We’ve had some more great sessions at LFFF the past few days, with one session completely selling out and some very interesting panel discussions.
CLAIMING SPACES on Monday gave us food for thought about ways women can (re)claim their spaces in the world. We were lucky enough to be joined by the directors of two of the films, Teena Gill and Kelly Gallagher, who had flown in specially for the premieres of their films. Shannon Harvey chaired the discussion, in what was a poignant session for International Day to End Violence Against Women.
We were back on Tuesday night for the first FEMINIST CLASSIC of this year’s festival – Sally Potter’s stunning, original first feature The Gold Diggers, made in 1983. Made with an all-woman crew, this film was a collaborative effort between Sally, Rose English, and Lindsay Cooper. Lindsay, the composer of the wonderful score on the film, sadly passed away a couple of months ago, so to celebrate her work we played some of her music as people were filing into the cinema. Sophie Mayer gave a fascinating and moving introduction to the film, also talking about Lindsay’s work. After the screening, Sophie Mayer and Elinor Cleghorn had a lively discussion about the film, with lots of good audience input. We were also lucky enough to receive a personal message to the audience from Sally Potter.
Wednesday’s INSPIRING WOMEN was very inspiring indeed. A packed house watched four powerful short films about women in different parts of the world who are working for women’s rights including Laal Pari, a village councillor in India, and Maria Bashir, the first woman chief prosecutor in Afghanistan. Anna Cady and Em Cooper, makers of the film 30%, joined us for the panel discussion along with Dorett Jones from Imkaan. The discussion was expertly chaired by Jessica Horn, founder of African Feminist Forum.