The festival will begin with an afternoon screening of BORN IN FLAMES on Saturday 25 November. This revolutionary classic retains its relevance and its vigour and is a perfect power-up to those going on the Reclaim the Night march!
One of the main themes this year is the link between pornographic imagery and violence against women. With porn increasingly embraced by the mainstream fashion, music and publishing industries and championed by many as a liberating force, the festival explores what the repercussions are for women sexually, socially and psychologically.
Alongside the films will be discussion panels, publications and music – all encouraging debate and voicing opinions on this controversial issue, as well as bringing attention to women artists and their art in film and beyond.
Saturday 25th November
BORN IN FLAMES
Lizzie Borden, USA, 1983, 90mins 16mm
New York; ten years after the most peaceful revolution that the world has ever seen. The governing Socialist party is emphasising the need for unity on the slow road to reform. However, discontent is surfacing, particularly from the women’s groups. Vigilante groups are formed to combat the rise in street violence and rape. The Women’s Army rally support in their protest against the of women’s jobs. The urgent need for widespread publicity about these and other issues drive the Women’s Army to approach two underground radio stations.
Saturday 2nd December
NOT A LOVE STORY: A FILM ABOUT PORNOGRAPHY
Bonnie Sherr Klein, 70 mins, 1981, Canada 35mm
Twenty-five years after its release, this infamous film packs no less of a punch than it did upon its first screening. A story of the odyssey of two women, Bonnie Sherr Klein, the director of the film, and Linda Lee Tracey, a stripper, it sets out to explore the world of peep shows, strip joints, and sex supermarkets.
20 MINUTES (FEMALE FIST)
Kajsa Dahlberg, Denmark, 2005, 20min
The film consists of an interview with a member of a lesbian activist group. She speaks about a separatist porn film project and about the necessity to create separatist rooms in order to build up, and define, ones own culture. “These are fragile rooms, but a place where one has a chance of finding a position, rather than just be hurled around in a society where one could feel weird and out of place”.
LOVE, HONOUR & DISOBEY
Saeeda Khanum, UK, 2005, 61 minutes, Beta SP
Domestic violence in all forms-from physical abuse to forced marriages to honour killings-continues to be frighteningly common worldwide and accepted as “normal” within too many societies. Getting to the heart of current multicultural debates, LOVE, HONOUR, & DISOBEY reveals the issues around domestic violence in Britain’s black and ethnic minority communities.
Lucinda Broadbent, Scotland/Nicaragua, 2000, 26mins. Beta SP
In 1998, Managua, Nicaragua became host to one of the most publicised and controversial cases of sexual abuse to hit modern day Latin America. At the epicentre of the scandal stood none other than Nicaraguan Sandinista leader and ex-President Daniel Ortega. Ortega was
accused on multiple charges of rape and battery by his stepdaughter, despite his eventual acquittal (he was granted immunity from prosecution as a member of the legislature) a group of pioneering men rallied around to organise a radical campaign against domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Sunday 3rd December
THE PEACEKEEPERS AND THE WOMEN
Karin Jurschick, Germany, 2003, 80 minutes, Subtitled. Beta SP
Winner of the Arte-Documentary Award for Best German Documentary, this chilling investigation examines the booming sex-trafficking industry in Bosnia and Kosovo, and boldly explores the disturbing role of the UN peacekeeping forces and the local military in perpetuating this tragic situation.
SISTERS IN LAW
Florence Ayisi and Kim Longinotto Cameroon/UK, 2005, 104 minutes,
Winner of the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to acclaim at more than 90 festivals around the world, SISTERS IN LAW is the latest documentary from internationally renowned director Kim Longinotto, co-directed by Florence Ayisi.
In the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, there have been no convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years. But two women determined to change their community are making progress that could change the world. This fascinating, often hilarious documentary follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba. With fierce compassion, the two feisty and progressive-minded women dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure.