2015 Debates and discussions: our struggles and utopias

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Discussion/debate, Saturday 31st of October at 12 noon → Women artists - a double handicap?

   La Barbe at the Cannes Film Festival   
The title is slightly provocative in order to raise the issue of woman and lesbians in the art world. We might have hoped that creation and culture were synonymous with less sexism. Yet filmmakers, video artists, painters, visual artists, musicians, theatre directors and photographers made invisible by History, remain under-represented. Where do things stand now? Are women better-represented in institutional events? And what happens when a "lesbian" project is put forward?

With (partly subject to confirmation, program to be finalized): the Hungry Hearts (opening and closing concerts), Marie Docher, photographer and organiser of the debate on the 28th of October at the MEP on the impact of sex and gender on the careers of photographers, La Barbe (the French feminist group that tackled the Cannes Film Festival) and a representative of the H/F association which fights for the role of women in culture, as well as directors and artists present at the festival ...
  


Discussion/slide-show, Saturday 31st October, at 2:30 pm → LESBIAN LANDS

  
On the occasion of the release of Françoise Flamant's Women's Lands - Construction d'une utopie Oregon 1970-2010 (éditions iXe), an encounter with Françoise Flamant and a slideshow screening.
This work represents a real documentation of these lands that, for the last thirty years, have been settled, cared for, and protected by lesbians. Ways of settling the land, ways of life, ways of resolving conflicts, cultural creations, questions of the transfer of land from person to person...a wealth of themes are addressed in this book which is well-deserving of this showcase at Cineffable.
With Françoise Flamant, Suzette Robichon, Oristelle Bonis and (subject to confirmation) one of the women from the Oregon lands...

Terres lesbiennes en Oregon / The Lesbian Lands of Oregon
Forty years have gone by since women - feminists and lesbians - first settled in remote Oregon to clear land and construct houses and cabins as part of their plan to develop a new way of living amongst themselves, far from masculine dominance. At the beginning of the 1980's around twenty of these properties had permanent residents as well as numerous visitors passing through. An intense social life was able to develop, based on networks of mutual aid, the exchange of knowledge, the development of a new culture and the search for a spirituality inspired by the Earth and the Cosmos. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, several of these places still exist, others have disappeared, and yet others have changed and evolved.

The author consulted archives, visited the lands still being actively worked today, and collected the accounts of the women who dared to live their utopia. Now she tells their story.
   Women's Lands - Editions iXe   


Round-table/discussion, Saturday 31st October at 5pm → Meet the filmmakers

All the international filmmakers present at the festival this year will be there to present their films, their work, their projects and respond to your various questions. So come meet the filmmakers!



Discussion/debate, Sunday 1st November at 2:30 pm → Feminism(s): what do we do with this Herstory...?
From the MLF to FièrEs...

Echoing the issues raised in the French film Je ne suis pas féministe mais..., the documentary about Christine Delphy, one of the founders of the French women's mouvement, and other films addressing our history and our struggles, (She's Beautiful When She's Angry (opening film), Vessel (closing film), Solar Mamas, Casablanca Calling, At Home, in Bed and in the Streets...) we present here a look at our struggles past and present; because as Christine Delphy highlights in the film, "nothing is better than discussion for advancing thought."

With (subject to confirmation, program to be finalized) Christine Delphy, members of the French feminist group Osez le féminisme, FièrEs, La Barbe and other activist groups, as well as filmmarkers present at the festival...

MLF Christine Delphy





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