Sun 2 Dec 6.30 PM: FIGHTING BACK!

Sunday 2 December 6.30 pm
+ panel discussion with Terry Wragg from Leeds Animation Workshop (Give Us a Smile), director Jeong-One Park (Kung Fu Grandma), feminist activist Lynne Harne, and Sophie Bennett from OBJECT, chaired by Bidisha

The Womanhood UK PREMIERE 
Yvonne LaBarge / USA / 2011 / 11 mins / English
Give Us a Smile
Leeds Animation Workshop / UK / 1983 / 13 mins / English
She Was No Greta Garbo (Hon var ju ingen Greta Garbo heller) UK PREMIERE
Madelen Eliasson / Sweden / 2010 / 4 mins / Swedish with English subtitles
Kung Fu Grandma
Jeong-One Park / UK / 2012 / 27 mins / Swahili and Kikuyu with English subtitles

This session of short films deals with issues around sisterhood, the links between sexism and violence against women, and women fighting back. The panel discussion will explore these themes and how people can get involved in feminist activism.


The session will start with the UK premiere of The Womanhood by Yvonne LaBarge. Dealing with issues of women’s solidarity, this film offers a view in which a secret sisterhood makes the world a safe place for all women.


Following on from The Womanhood we will be screening feminist classic Give Us a Smile, a 1983 animated short by the women’s collective Leeds Animation Workshop. The film features music by Lindsay Cooper who composed and performed the music for Sally Potter’s The Gold Diggers and co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group. The film’s criticism of the mass media, sexual harassment, the objectification of women, as well as the solutions it suggests, are as relevant and thought-provoking today as when the film was released almost 30 years ago.

The third film in this session is the UK Premiere of She Was No Greta Garbo by Madelen Eliasson of the Swedish feminist film network Effekt. This animated short film shows some of the rape myths and victim blaming attitudes that prevail when women report rape.


The session will conclude with a screening of Kung Fu Grandma by Jeong-One Park. The rape of elderly women by young men is a big problem in the slums of Korogocho, Kenya. This documentary follows a group of elderly women who are taking a self-defence course to enable them to better protect themselves. The daily realities of the slums and the myths that may contribute to these violent attacks are explored. A powerful portrayal of women who have come together in solidarity to teach each other self-defence skills and to fight back. The film was shortlisted for an award at the One World Media Awards 2012.

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