Sat 30 Nov 6.00 PM: FEMINIST CLASSIC – Born in Flames + short

Saturday 30 November 6.00 pm
30th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING Born in Flames + short

+ panel discussion with Nadia Barbu (director, Smile) and Natalie Wreyford (King’s College London). Chaired by Sadie Wearing (lecturer in gender theory, culture, and media at LSE Gender Institute; member of the editorial collective of Feminist Review).

Followed by LFFF 2013 after party and awards ceremony (tickets available separately).

Nadia Barbu / UK and Romania / 2013 / 2 mins / English
Born in Flames
Lizzie Borden / USA / 1983 / 90 mins / English

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Our final short of the festival will be the World premiere of Nadia Barbu’s animation Smile, an animated revenge fantasy dealing with sexual harassment from strangers.

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The closing film of the festival will be FEMINIST CLASSIC Born in Flames by Lizzie Borden. This film, which has become a feminist cult classic, won the Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the Créteil International Women’s Film Festival, Paris (both 1983). This year is 30 years since Born in Flames first screened and the film is every bit as relevant as it was then.

The film is a DIY documentary-style feminist sci-fi exploring issues of racism, classism, heterosexism, and sexism in an alternate socialist democracy in the USA 10 years after revolution. It centres on the suspicious death of Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman’s Army, and the reactions of diverse women across all lines of race, class, and sexuality. The film makes poignant use of punk music and of the voices of Isabel and Honey, leaders of two separate women’s groups who operate the radio stations Radio Ragazza and Phoenix Radio. The story shows several examples of how sexism plays out and how it can be dealt with through direct action.

Born in Flames remains an important film in feminist cinema. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this classic feminist film in the cinema.

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 7.00 pm until 3.00 am
LFFF after party and awards ceremony                              
Join us for the LFFF 2013 after party and awards ceremony where we’ll be presenting the awards for Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, and Feminist Favourite Audience Award. We’ll also have spoken word performers, DJs, feminist art, live music, and more.