LFFF: CONSTELLATIONS OF ACTIVISM

LFFF: CONSTELLATIONS OF ACTIVISM

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Genesis and London Feminist Film Festival are proud to present CONSTELLATIONS OF ACTIVISM.


A screening of shorts around women mobilizing for change: reclaiming their rights, fighting stigma, opposing abuse. What does the fight for Human Rights look like accross the Globe? From Spain to Brazil, from El Salvador to Canada women from all ages and backgrounds unite to bring about social justice.


BODY MANIFESTO

Carol Araujo, Brazil, 2016.

There is a new wave of feminism, with renewed determination and a reborn resolve to continue fighting. All around the world this new feminist wave echoed through all spheres of social and private life, and it was not different in Brazil, where women are experiencing a historic moment, discovering themselves feminists and are breaking the silence of oppressive relationships that affect their daily life. The documentary 'Body Manifesto' presents a panorama on feminism. Interviews with most important feminist activists and researchers in Brazil presents us a panorama on feminism, its history and tradition, aiming at constructing the scenario of the feminist struggle of Brazilian women today, specifically in one of the most relevant and crucial points: the autonomy of women under their own body.


ORGANIZING THE IMPOSSIBLE

Carme Gomila + Tonina Matamalas, Spain, 2017.

«Las Kellys», –The Spanish association of hotel Chambermaids organized outside majority unions– are struggling to improve the working conditions and empower women workers trapped in the precarity of the feminized labour market. Within the 15th minutes that they have to clean up a room, the different issues such as employment precarity, feminization an the invisible workload, health and medicalization, the politics of tourism, migration, community organizing and resistance interlock, mapping the complexity that the Kellys are facing. A short film made collaboratively by Cooperativa de Tècniques and  “Las Kellys Barcelona”.


BLOODY ACTIVIST

Rebecca Brand, UK, 2017.

Whilst volunteering at the New London Synagogue Drop-In for refugees and asylum seekers, Gabby Edlin noticed there were no period products on the list of items the Centre collected. What started as a whip-round amongst family and friends on Facebook soon ballooned into a storage locker full of pads and a social media campaign for donations fuelled by Gabby’s sense of humour and determination.


Bloody Activist reveals what it takes to run a grassroots social activism campaign, and forces us to think about how something as seemingly small as a sanitary pad can make the world of difference to the women and girls who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them.


FAT HIKING CLUB

Layla Cameron, Canada, 2018.

"When you picture an avid hiker, images from REI and MEC commercials come to mind: this person is often able-bodied, white, thin, and decked out in the latest outdoor gear and sporting equipment.

But what about fat people?

Hiking is an activity perceived to be out of the reaches of fat folks and other marginalized groups. This belief remains despite the social emphasis on weight-loss and fitness that often targets those who live outside the norm, especially those who inhabit bigger bodies.

Fat Hiking Club challenges this assumption.

This short documentary film captures the story of Summer Michaud-Skog, the founder of Fat Girls Hiking, an organization based in Portland, Oregon. Summer's mission is to make the outdoors accessible for everybody - and every body. Her organization quickly grows in popularity, inspiring her to take it internationally.

First stop: Vancouver, British Columbia."


WE ARE NOT ALONE

María Aizpuru, El Salvador, 2016.

Defending Human Rights in countries such as Honduras and El Salvador is especially risky. Honduras has one of the world’s highest murder rates for Human Rights Defenders. Berta Caceres, murdered on the 2nd of March 2016, was a victim of this statistic due to her outspoken defending of nature, wáter rights and indigenous Lenca culture. As the coordinator of COPINH (Honduran Indigenous People’s Council), she carried out important work with women human rights defenders in the Lenca área, in collaboration with ADES (Organization for Socioeconomic Development – Santa Marta) in El Salvador. Female Human Rights defenders face specific threats and challenges, which these organizations aim to identify and minimize.