Don’t know what’s on this weekend? We do… Cuckooz Curates is a weekly blog dedicated to highlighting our picks of the best events happening in East London. We’ve done the groundwork so you don’t have to.
As London is eagerly anticipating the August Bank Holiday and the array of events it brings with it, the weekend to come might seem boring in comparison. We suggest you regenerate your powers and gather energy for the celebrations ahead by winding down and enjoying a film. If you’ve already consumed this week’s cinema programme, or are merely interested in something a little bit different, we’d like to direct you towards the London Feminist Film Festival. A celebration of women filmmakers in an industry oversaturated by male talent, LFFF sets out to give a voice to women’s stories, igniting discussion around them.
This year’s edition will return to Dalston’s Rio Cinema, more or less down the road from our Hoxton flats, with the exception of a special screening hosted by BFI Southbank. This screening happens to be a feminist classic, The Sealed Soil (1977), a daring debut from Marva Nabili, Iran’s first female filmmaker, who will be in attendance for a Q&A. The feature, which will be screened on the director’s personal 16mm print, follows a young woman’s struggle for individuality in a traditional minded pre-revolution Iran and has long been recognized as one of the most overlooked female directorial efforts.
While tickets for the event are almost sold out, the programme includes other exclusively curated sessions, each including panel discussions and screenings of shorts selected from women all around the world. The selection includes VAGW- Resistance & Survival, an exploration of resistance to violence against women, attempting to dissect different facets of this matter and to debunk classical stereotypes about what it means to survive. Further, LFFF will showcase a series of shorts and panel discussions around the themes of navigating (in)visibility, Indian Women Claiming Spaces, Feminism and the Archive, Talk Back Out Loud, a project highlighting a San Fran theatre group producing work by HIV positive women, and Aspire/Inspire, focusing on women leaders from male-dominated professions sharing their stories.
Of course, as the overarching purpose of this venture is to both boost women-lead projects and encourage discussion over topics of interest, every segment will be accompanied by a talk lead by women working in relevant fields. In addition to these, there is one particular event directed at both practicing vegans and aspiring ones, completed by vegan treats and words from leading activists. And last, but definitely not least, there’s also a free closing night party!
For more information, tickets and the official trailer, head on over to https://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/. See you at the movies!