The London Feminist Film Festival was set up as a response to the underrepresentation of women in the film industry, as well as to the lack of films addressing feminist issues and the fact that the representation of women on screen is often narrow and stereotypical. We want to celebrate women creatives whilst ensuring that this feminist ethos also extends to the films we show. The festival will be a celebration of feminist films past and present. Our aims are to inspire discussion about feminism and film, to support women directors, and to get feminist films seen by a wider audience.
The inaugural London Feminist Film Festival is being held 29 November to 2 December 2012 atHackney Picturehouse. We will be screening feminist shorts and feature films from women directors around the world, including films by up-and-coming directors as well as some feminist classics. The films will be feminist in their representation of women and /or their handling of feminist issues. Each film session will be accompanied either by a Q&A with the filmmaker or by a panel discussion featuring prominent filmmakers, feminists, academics, and arts critics.
The Feminist Film Festival opens with the UK premiere of Lesbiana – A Parallel Revolution by Myriam Fougère.
In the wake of the civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements, there was a groundbreaking wave of activism which changed the face of modern feminism. This movement was based on a simple yet radical idea: invent a new way of life entirely centered on women. A vibrant, productive lesbian culture came to life through innovative women who created physical and cultural spaces in which to live, meet, discuss, and organise this parallel revolution. They created literature, films, music, theatre, and a new body of political and philosophical theory, and numerous lesbian communities were established in diverse countries.
Lesbiana is a testimony to this unique moment in history when the lesbian movement was at its strongest and brightest. Through archive footage filmed by the director at the time, and present-day interviews with activists, the personal and political realities of that little-known time come to life. Lesbiana is sure to become a classic.