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 18th August.

GENDER & POWER: Women Against Patriarchal Structures

RIO SCREEN 1
Thursday 16th August 6.40 pm
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What mechanisms are set in motion when women exert real power, power to change lives and countries? In recent years cases like Dilma Roussef, Julia Gillard or Hillary Clinton prove a pattern of patriarchal backlash against the very idea of a woman being in charge. In this session we explore this through the case of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her almost tragic fall from grace.

WINNIE (NR / Advised 15)
Pascale Lamche, 2017, France/ South Africa /Netherlands /Finland (1H 40′)

WOMEN & POWER
Meg Earles, 2018, UK (2′)


HANDMAKING HERSTORY: Feminist Uses of Craft

RIO SCREEN 2
Friday 17th August 7:00 pm
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The LFFF presents a screening showcasing the practical crafts of women from varying walks of life, who explore through their handiwork issues of Race, Sexuality and Age. Through their crafts the protagonists devise new methods of making themselves visible, and question what counts as feminist practice.

BOOTWMN
Paige Gratland & Sam McWilliams, USA, 2015 (11′)

OLDER WOMEN ROCK!
Clare Unsworth, UK, 2018 (25′)

LIKE DOLLS I RISE
Nora Philippe, France, 2018 (28′)


DARING TO DISRUPT

RIO SCREEN 1
Saturday 18th August 1.30 pm
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Feminist activism explored and celebrated through two documentaries on the lives of Angela Bowen and Heather Booth. In this turbulent political and social climate, their inspiring stories are a call to arms and a testimony to what women can achieve when they dare to disrupt the status quo.

THE PASSIONATE PURSUITS OF ANGELA BOWEN
Jennifer Abod, USA, 2018 (25′)

HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD
Lilly Rivlin, USA, 2017 (1H)


NOW, HERE SHE STANDS: Perspectives on survival

RIO SCREEN 1
Saturday 18th August 4:00 pm
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Filmmakers explore in this session what surviving and resisting looks like, in two fiction shorts and two documentary films that portray the claustrophobic nature of domestic abuse, but also the courage of survivors, the process of healing through art and community and the indispensable support of friends and estate workers.

NAZANIN
Parya Vatankhah, France, 2018 (15′)

I TRIED
Laís Melo, Brazil, 2017 (15′)

RESTAURAÇAO
Natalia Keiko, Brazil, 2015 (15′)

BREAKING THE SILENCE
Julia Lima, Brazil, 2018 (28′)


FAILING FEMININITY AND MYTHICAL MOTHERHOOD: Contemporary Essay Film

RIO SCREEN 2
Saturday 18th August 6.40 pm
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The essay form allows filmmakers Ruido and Echevarria to display strategies of appropriation, re-enactment, deconstruction and re-telling to explore abject motherhood and femininity in two mythical figures: Medea and Saint-Agatha.

BODIES #1 SAINT AGATHA
Mirari Echávarri, Spain, 2017 (12′)

MATER AMATÍSIMA: Imaginaries and discourses on maternity in times of change
María Ruido, Spain, 2017 (55′)


KEEPERS OF CULTURE: African Heritage & Feminist Documentary Practices

RIO SCREEN 1
Sunday 19th August 1.30 pm
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A session 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′)

THE TWO FACES OF A BAMILEKÉ WOMAN
Rosine Mbeke, Cameroon, 2018 (1H16′)


STAYING TOGETHER: Women Against Systemic Violence

RIO SCREEN 1
Sunday 19th August 4.00 pm
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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 (1H22′)

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


LESBIAN IDENTITIES: Becoming/Situating Ourselves

GENESIS
Friday 17th August 6.50 pm
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The films in this session show lesbianism as something plural, complicated, and deeply political. Gender Troubles: The Butches portrays butchness, often underrepresented even within LGBT spaces. Dyke Jails explores the relationships, attractions, and camaraderie among incarcerated women.

DYKE JAILS
Cecilia Montagut, Spain, 2018 (1H05′)

GENDER TROUBLES: THE BUTCHES
Lisa Plourde, USA, 2016 (54′)


CONSTELLATIONS OF ACTIVISM

GENESIS
Sunday 19th August 6.50 pm
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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 accross the Globe? From Spain to Brazil, from El Salvador to Canada women from 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′)

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′)


OPENING NIGHT

GENESIS
Thursday 16th August 6.40 pm
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Africa’s Lost Classics is a project by the consortium of the five African Film Festivals in the UK, TANO (‘five’ in Swahili) who collectively revisit the history of African cinema. We are proud to screen FATMA75, newly restored and digitised thanks to ALC’s effort to readdress the white, male, eurocentric canon by bringing the work of African feminist filmmakers to UK cinema screens.

FATMA75
Selma Baccar, Tunisia, 1975 (60′)


GENESISTERS

GENESIS
Saturday 18th August 8.50 pm
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L7 PRETEND WE’RE DEAD
Sarah Price, USA, 2016 (90′)


REVOLT, SHE SAID: Women and Film After ’68 / CARRY GREENHAM HOME

RIO SCREEN 2
Thursday 16th August 7.00 pm
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One hundred years after the first women got the vote in the UK, 50 years after the protests of May ’68 triggered resistance across the world, where is the feminist revolution now? ICO x Club des Femmes curate a season of films and happenings focused on women filmmakers post ’68, who took up cameras as they took to the streets: to instigate further revolutions in ways of seeing, being, living and loving.
LFFF is extremely proud to host the screening of Carry Greenham Home as part of Revolt, She Said: Women and Film After ’68.

With the support of the Independent Cinema Office and BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

A QUESTION OF CHOICE
Sheffield Film Co-Op, UK, 1982 (18′)

CARRY GREENHAM HOME
Beeban Kidron & Amanda Richardson, UK, 1983 (69′)


Revolt, She Said: Women and Film After ’68 / MAEVE

RIO SCREEN 1
Friday 17th August 6.40 pm
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One hundred years after the first women got the vote in the UK, 50 years after the protests of May ’68 triggered resistance across the world, where is the feminist revolution now? ICO x Club des Femmes curate a season of films and happenings focused on women filmmakers post ’68, who took up cameras as they took to the streets: to instigate further revolutions in ways of seeing, being, living and loving.
LFFF is extremely proud to host the screening of Maeve as part of Revolt, She Said: Women and Film After ’68.

With the support of the Independent Cinema Office and BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

MAEVE
Pat Murphy & John Davies, Ireland, 1981 (110′)


FEMINIST CLASSIC

BFI NFT3
Saturday 18th August 5.30 pm
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The London Feminist Film Festival’s mission is to support women filmmakers in the male-dominated film industry, to get women’s stories out there, and to inspire feminist discussion and activism. Every edition, one of our highlights is the Feminist Classic screening. Often in the film industry, the label Classic conjures up a certain kind of film: Western, high-budget and male-directed. We believe that a crucial part of feminist work is questioning cultural and historical categories that erase or obscure women’s contributions. It is important for us at the festival to reclaim this label “”classic”” for films directed by women. Sama (La Trace) is a classic.”

SAMA
Néjia Ben Mabrouk, Tunisia, 1988 (90′)