On Thursday we screened the International Festival Premiere of Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights by Nevline Nnaji. The screening was sold out and we unfortunately had to turn away many disappointed people. Nevline and the other panellists – Sunera Thobani, Hayley Reid, and chair Brenna Bhandar – provided a fascinating discussion.
The session after Reflections on Thursday was entitled EXPECTATIONS and was a series of shorts about societal expectations of women. Aabida dealt with the expectations for a widow to act a certain way, The Lala Road talked to lesbians in China navigating the pressures to marry and have children, and Bref explored the topic of FGM from a Spanish perspective. Joining us for the discussion were Bref director Christina Pitouli, Nimco Ali from Daughters of Eve who campaign against FGM, Margaret Glover who supervised work on Aabida, and Claire Bennett who has done research on lesbian women’s experience of migration.
Daughters of the Niger Delta was our first screening on Friday, shown with the short Para Kay Ama. A lively discussion ensued after the screening, including about how to empower women and how to hold the powers that be accountable. We had six great panellists from different organisations: Sarah Maguire (Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, who had directly witnessed the film’s capacity to spark dialogue at the grassroots), Jenny Chika Okafor (Nigerian Women’s Leadership Forum), Carron Mann (Women for Women International), Betty Makoni (Girl Child Network Worldwide), Antonia Adebisi Adebowale (Nigerian Women in Diaspora UK), and the chair Simi Dosekun.
Friday finished off with our ACTIVISM session with four inspiring films showing amazing women activists campaigning on different causes. We had a representative from each of the four films there for the panel discussion which was chaired by LFFFer Niki Chang.
We hope you’ll join us for more today – the final day of LFFF 2013!