LFFF: Fatma 75 + Q&A

LFFF: Fatma 75 + Q&A

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  • Thu 16 Aug
  • 105 minutes
  • Director: Selma Baccar
  • Tunisia (1975)


Join us for the opening night of the London Feminist Film Festival as we present Selma Baccar's FATMA 75.

In this powerful essay-film, university student Fatma goes on a historical, feminist voyage and gathers interviews with iconic women from history. Fatma speaks to aristocratic women from the ancient past and contemporary revolutionaries involved in the struggle for Tunisian independence.

Particular focus lies on developments from the 1930s to the 1950s, when Tunisian women were increasingly struggling for emancipation and the controversial Personal Status Law was passed, which aimed at the institutionalised equality of women and men. The innovative style of docu-fiction allows director Selma Baccar to present a fictional narrative element interspersed with actual interview footage, re-enactments of historical circumstances and archival material.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A, hosted by Stephanie Van de Peer from Africa's Lost Classics.

ALC is a project by the consortium of the five African Film Festivals in the UK, TANO (‘five’ in Swahili) who collectively revisit the history of African cinema. We are proud to screen FATMA75, newly restored and digitised thanks to ALC's effort to readdress the white, male, eurocentric canon by bringing the work of African feminist filmmakers to UK cinema screens.

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Glasgow in the UK. www.africa-in-motion.org.uk