Encounters, Round Tables, Q&A's, Debates 2016

Room opposite the Espace Reuilly: Le Chantier


Dive into our news and our history, ask questions, find answers, join debates, make progress… and leave feeling empowered... Every year, Cineff provides precious and enriching chances to exchanges ideas and points of view.

The program was still evolving at press time, and some speakers were still to be confirmed, so for up-to-the-minute info, please consult the posted program on our website and at the festival venue.


Saturday 29 October at noon → Change the world with LIG, Lesbiennes d'Intérêt Général (Lesbians for Public Good)

   LIG   
"In all struggles, on all fronts, lesbians have been contributing to changing society for decades."
Here's your chance to get to know LIG: Lesbienne d'Intérêt Général (Lesbians for Public Good), the first lesbian endowment fund. There will be a presentation of the fund and a Q&A. How the fund works, answers to administrative and legal question...
LIG members are here to inform you. Eight lesbians who have been participating in lesbian struggles for years, via a wide range of collectives, organizations and institutions.

With the founders: Alix Beranger, Silvia Casalino, Cécile Chartrain, Alice Coffin, Catherine Facerias, Elisabeth Lebovici, Veronica Noseda and Suzette Robichon.
  


Saturday 29 October at 2:30 p.m. → Round-table/Q&A with the filmmakers

The international filmmakers present at the festival will share their experience as women in an all too often male-dominated field. They will also shed light on difficulties they have encountered and offer advice to those of you who are interested in creating films on lesbian, feminist or militant themes.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet them!



Saturday 29 October at 5 p.m. → Lesbian Refugees

  
In connection with Carole Grand's film Les portes d'Arcadie (The Gates of Arcadia), which is screening this year, what solidarity and support is there for lesbian refugees? Where do they come from nowadays? What groups and organizations are defending them? How? And what can you do?

Screening: Les portes d'Arcadie (Saturday 29 Oct. at noon): As lesbians, they have been victims of rape and persecution in their countries of origin. They are now seeking asylum in France. They need to find the words to convince judges of the truth of their stories.

With activists from Les Lesbiennes Dépassent les Frontières (Lesbians Beyond Borders), the Ardhis (an organization whose purpose is to help get foreign homosexual and transsexual persons' right to residency and asylum recognized), Rajfire (a network for immigrant and refugee women's independence), and other organizations in the French provinces, as well as the CLF (French Lesbian Collective) as well as first-person accounts from lesbian refugees.

Les Lesbiennes Dépassent les Frontières   Rajfire   Ardhis   CLF
   Les Portes d'Arcadie   


Sunday 30 October, at 2:30 p.m. → Where are the Women?

On women's invisibility as role models and in public/official representations. Where are our role models? Street names, monuments, history textbooks, heroic role models… how can we reclaim public space and history?

This is an over-arching theme in many of this year's films, from the total absence of monuments to women (Remembering the Others, Herstory) to women's invisibility in official history books (Heroinat), via women's role in Iran's history, Take Back the Night marches and more, there's lots to talk about… Where do things stand currently? What evolution has there been (street names, projected change of Paris Metro station names, and more).

With the film directors present at this year's festival and: Odile Fillod for her 3-D educational project about the clit, Chris Blache or another representative of Genre et ville (Gender in the City).



Monday, 31 October at noon → Growing old, together?

A crucial issue, which we discussed in 2014: what happens when women and lesbians grow old; what are the alternatives to the isolation of old-age homes? We are coming back to the theme of ageing again this year, in connection with several films. One of them, Grijze Muren, (Grey Walls), is about a woman who, as a lesbian, is discriminated against in an old-age home. The animation First and Last recounts the arc of a life. Other related films include Betty and Living in the Overlap.

What communal projects for older lesbians exist? What ways have lesbians found to age happily and peacefully? In a couple, in a group or communal situation?

Speakers to be scheduled, and your first-person accounts welcome.

Grey Walls Living in the Overlap - Lennie and Pearl


Monday 31 October at 5 p.m. → Lesbian and feminist festivals: What role models? What synergy?

   Bending the Lens   
To get the discussion going we will screen the short documentary, Bending the Lens, which tells the story of a group of volunteers who manage to create a place for lesbians in a conservative Canadian town by organizing a festival...
Lesbian and feminist festivals: what and who are they for? Which ones are the role models? What synergy exists between us? Looking back over these space-times created by and for lesbians: cultural and festive places and times of empowerment and reflection...
How can we create these events, and keep them going? To be (or not to be) women only, that is also the question... What is activism's and politic's role...

With speakers from Cineffable and Bagdam Espace lesbien.
  
  
On this occasion, we would like to thank the London Lesbian Film Festival (Canada) to have allowed us to screen the film Bending the Lens: 20 years of the London Lesbian Film Festival free of charge.
  




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