London Feminist Film Festival 2018 Programme

All screenings are at the Rio Cinema in Dalston or the Genesis in Whitechapel, except for our Feminist Classic, Sama, which is at BFI Southbank on 18 August. Most film sessions are followed by a panel discussion.

If you’re interested in several films at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, there are MULTIBUY DISCOUNTS available: 3 or more tickets = 10% discount; 5 or more = 20% discount!

KEEPERS OF CULTURE: African Heritage & Feminist Documentary Practices

Sunday 19 August 1.30 pm (Rio, Screen 1)
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The two faces of a Bamiléké woman

A session of award-winning films, exploring documentary filmmaking as a feminist practice to interrogate and reflect upon notions of cultural identity and women’s role – especially in the domestic sphere – in preserving and passing on African heritage and tradition.

AUNT CIATA
Mariana Campos & Raquel Beatriz, Brazil, 2017 (26′)

Awards:
Best Film Audience Award, Rio de Janeiro International Film (2017)
Best Film – Zózimo Bulbul Seal, Black Films Festival Brazil/Africa and Caribean (2017)

THE TWO FACES OF A BAMILEKÉ WOMAN
Rosine Mbeke, Cameroon, 2018 (76′)

Awards:
Prize of the Flemish Commission for Unesco, Afrika Filmfestival (2017)

+ Yaba Badoe (award-winning Ghanaian-British filmmaker) and Simidele Dosekun (specialises in gender and feminism in Africa) in conversation.


STAYING TOGETHER: Women Against Systemic Violence

Sunday 19 August 4 pm (Rio, Screen 1)
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Women often find themselves forced to navigate a patriarchal system that is not built for them or that is, in fact, built against them. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the judicial system when it comes to issues of custody.

WHAT DOESN’T KILL ME
Rachel Meyrick, UK, 2017 (82′)

Awards:
Special Jury Activist Award, Awareness Film Festival (2017)

BITTER SEA
Fateme Ahmadi, UK, 2017 (15′)

Awards:
Best Short Film, Swindon Independent Film Festival (2017)

+ panel with Rachel Meyrick (director, What Doesn’t Kill Me), Fateme Ahmadi (director, Bitter Sea), and Dorett Jones (feminist filmmaker who also works in the VAWG sector), chaired by Marianna Tortell (CEO, Domestic Violence Intervention Project).


CONSTELLATIONS OF ACTIVISM

Sunday 19 August 6.50 pm (Genesis)
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Bloody Activist

A screening of shorts around women mobilizing for change: reclaiming their rights, fighting stigma, opposing abuse. What does the fight for human rights look like across the globe? From Spain to Brazil, from El Salvador to Canada, women of all ages and backgrounds unite to bring about social justice.

BODY MANIFESTO
Carol Araujo, Brazil, 2016 (30′)

ORGANIZING THE IMPOSSIBLE
Carme Gomila & Tonina Matamalas, Spain, 2017 (14′)

Awards:
Best International Documentary, Audiovisual Festival Montes de María (2018)
Animation Award, Metropol’His GlobaL’H Short Film Festival (2017)

BLOODY ACTIVIST
Rebecca Brand, UK, 2017 (13′)

FAT HIKING CLUB
Layla Cameron, Canada, 2018 (14′)

WE ARE NOT ALONE
María Aizpuru, El Salvador, 2016 (15′)

Awards:
Best Short Film directed by a Woman, Todos Somos Otros – International Short Film Festival of Social Diversity (2017)
Second Prize Medium Length Documentary, Certamen International Short Film Festival (2017)

+ panel with Marchu Girma (Grassroots Director, Women for Refugee Women), Rosa Dos Ventos Heimer (Latin American Women’s Aid, UK), and Rita Gayle (whose PhD investigates how millennial Black British feminists work collectively to counteract exclusion from the creative and cultural industries).


FEMINIST FILMMAKING PRACTICES

A Discussion at the London Feminist Film Festival

Sunday 19 August  6 pm (Rio, Screen 2)
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From childcare on set to intimacy coordination for sex scenes, what does feminist filmmaking look like? What practices, protocols, and guidelines can we implement to make sure that film sets and the industry in general are a feminist space? How do we resist and change the traditional (patriarchal, white, male) way of making films?

We are delighted to welcome Veronica McKenzie (founder, Inspiredonline, the first online platform for BAME screenwriters), Nainita Desai (award-winning film composer), Ita O’Brien (intimacy coordinator and movement director for film, television, and theatre), and Mia Bays (award-winning film producer) to this evening of feminist plotting and scheming! Plus Federica Ciotti will be making visual minutes of the evening, which will be shared at the end!

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