LFFF2017 programme out now!

The LFFF2017 programme has been released!

This year will be the 5th London Feminist Film Festival  and we have some special treats in store to celebrate this occasion with you.

As in previous years, we will be returning to the lovely Rio Cinema in Dalston from 17 to 20 August, however we will also have a special screening at BFI Southbank for our Feminist Classic The Sealed Soil this year.

Shot clandestinely before being smuggled out of pre-revolution Iran for post-production, The Sealed Soil achieved international success, including winning Most Outstanding Film of the Year at the 1977 London Film Festival. This beautifully shot film follows 18-year-old Rooy-Bekheir as she struggles for independence and identity in her southern Iranian village. This is a rare chance to see this feminist classic on the director’s own 16mm print. Tickets are selling fast, with almost 70% gone already – don’t miss out on this film, which is listed in Sight & Sound‘s ‘100 overlooked films directed by women’.

Having received a high number of quality films from India, we are pleased to be showing a specially curated session on Indian Women Claiming Spaces on Friday 18 August at 6pm. The session will provide an insight into the many differences existing in this vast country and how this affects society’s expectations of women.

In these politically and socially turbulent times we felt a real need to address the rising levels of misogyny, racism and xenophobia not just by looking at what is happening here and now, but also by delving into the past and examining parallels between the past and the present.

Our opening night screening of Talk Back Out Loud follows a group of HIV-positive and formerly incarcerated women involved in a US all-women theatre group, who set out on a journey of reclaiming and celebrating their identities. The film challenges the othering of women who have been diagnosed as HIV-positive and/or criminalised by white patriarchal institutions and communities.

FEMINISM AND THE ARCHIVE considers feminist herstories through the archive. Selina Robertson will talk about her research with the Rio Cinema’s 1980s–1990s feminist film curation archive. This will be followed by the European premiere of feature documentary Hauntings in the Archive!, which critically explores the Austrian Association of Women Artists through its extensive archive, from its feminist origins in the 1910s, to its cooperation with the Nazi regime in WW2, and its wide-ranging refocusing in the 1990s.


Our session on VISIBILITY on Saturday afternoon shows 7 short films and explore ways in which women navigate their (in)visibility within patriarchal contexts and the restrictions and prejudices they are faced with. Includes films on women in the film industry, cyclists in Uganda, and radical 19th-century activist Lucy Parsons.

VAWG: RESISTANCE & SURVIVAL on Sunday will explore and celebrate women’s global resistance to violence against women and girls through an examination of ‘honour’ killings, violence against women as a weapon of war, as well as the impact of government cuts on vital VAWG services for and by black and minority women.

The festival will conclude with Ouaga Girls, a heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking coming-of-age feature documentary. The film is part of our ASPIRE / INSPIRE session in which we focus on aspirational women, who are forging their way in male-dominated professions and inspiring all of us along the way.

We will also round the 5th LFFF off with a closing night party on the evening of Sunday 20 August!! Details to be announced soon …

The 2017 London Feminist Film Festival will provide a safe space to explore, celebrate, organise, and inspire. All screenings will be followed by a post-screening discussion, for an opportunity to delve deeper into themes addressed in the films and to speak to filmmakers about their experiences in the film industry.

You can view our full programme here. Tickets are now available on the Rio Cinema and the BFI Southbank websites.