Monday 25 November 6.30 pm
+ panel discussion with Kelly Gallagher (director, I AM THE MACE) and Teena Gill (director, White Robes, Saffron Dreams). Chaired by Shannon Harvey (feminist activist, social researcher, and co-founder of LIFT).
Bending the Lens: 20 Years of the London Lesbian Film Festival EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Mary J. Daniel / Canada / 2012 / 33 mins / English
I AM THE MACE EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Kelly Gallagher / USA / 2013 / 4 mins / English. (Contains swearing).
White Robes, Saffron Dreams WORLD PREMIERE
Teena Gill / Thailand and India / 2013 / 43 mins / English and Thai with English subtitles
This session is all about women claiming their space, whether in art, religion, or on the streets.
The first film is the European premiere of Bending the Lens: 20 Years of the London Lesbian Film Festival which follows the story of a volunteer collective who managed to carve out a space for lesbian women in a conservative Canadian city by organising an annual lesbian film festival. The film documents the inception, growth, and impact of the longest running lesbian film festival in North America by exploring the challenges and successes of the festival through interviews with ‘Reeling Spinsters’ past and present and film festival attendees.
The second film in this session is the European premiere of Kelly Gallagher’s I AM THE MACE. This powerful experimental short depicts a woman who claims and defends her personal space against the onslaught of street harassers. The director will be joining us for the panel discussion.
The session concludes with the World premiere of Teena Gill’s White Robes, Saffron Dreams. This insightful documentary looks at the discriminatory treatment of women in Theravada Buddhism in Thailand. Through the life of a young monk and a Mae Chi (Thai nun who takes 8–10 precepts) the film explores how Buddhist institutions provide a social security network for boys, in a country where a large percentage of the population are poor, but fail to give girls access to these facilities which include not just board and lodging but free education up to PhD level. However, we see one small institute for nuns which does provide girls with an opportunity to pursue their education. The film also interviews the first Thai woman to be ordained a full nun in the Theravada tradition. The director will be joining us for the panel discussion.