The Edinburgh Anarcha-Feminist Collective often puts on free film screenings, at which we try to give space to feminist, anarchist, queer and/or D.I.Y films that we’ve either found ourselves, had recommended to us, or been asked to promote.
If you have a film you’d like to share with others then please get in touch! We are always looking for ideas for more entertaining and thought provoking material to show. We can either help you to organise a small free film screening in the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (ACE) or we can come and join in with an event you/your group are already organising, or help to publicise it.
Below are some of the films we have screened so far..
On the 29th of July the Anarcha-Feminist Collective combined forces with Queer Mutiny in The Forest Cafe for an evening of film screenings, live music, and dancing. At the event we screened three films by DIY feminist film makers..
My Second Puberty (11min) A short D.I.Y. film, by Louis Bailey – a university lecturer, race relations worker, son and brother – shares with us some of his thoughts, feelings and experiences surrounding his transition from ‘female’ to ‘male’. Email the anarcha-feminist collective for more information on this film.
Dones Llop (8 min)From the Spanish DIY film collective ‘Dones Llop’ come a series of short stories covering all types of topic..from the tale of the bearded lady, to the exploits of the strongest women in the world, to the wolf women and their hair parties. “We howl at the moon and the cyberspace in the city..transgenerate with us!” More information here: www.donesllop.net
Adventures in Slut Meadow (18min) In 2007 the first ”Ferien in Schlampenau”, which roughly translates to “Vacations in Slut Meadow”, took place in Germany, becoming meanwhile a yearly feminist summer camp for women who challenge the concept of monogamy as the sole accepted relationship model. “Also unnatural women need rest”, said the invitation, “and to spend time with other sluts, away from the heteronormativity, exchanging experiences, discussing utopias or developing a new relationship culture.”
In this DIY, no-budget film, word is given to four participants in Schlampenau and they speak about polyamory, the camp itself, feminism, queer identities and their dreams for the future. The film shows a sense of fight against alienation in a society where being a woman, polyamorous, feminist, queer or transgender is often misunderstood or outright repressed. The camp is revealed as a place of togetherness, freedom, discussion and fun.Ladies from all genders and gentlemenn, welcome to Schlampenau! More information here http://polygarchutopia.blo?gspot.com/2010/05/en-about?-film.html
At the film showing on the 28th of January 2011 we watched…
“No More Tears Sister – Anatomy of Love and betrayal”
By Helen Klodawsky (2005)
A story of love, revolution, and betrayal, No More Tears Sister explores the price of truth in times of war. Set during the violent ethnic conflict that has enveloped Sri Lanka over decades, the documentary recreates the courageous and vibrant life of renowned human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama. Mother, anatomy professor, author and symbol of hope, Rajani was assassinated at the age of thirty-five.
Fifteen years after Rajani’s death, her charismatic older sister Nirmala, a former Tamil militant and political prisoner, journeys back to Sri Lanka. She has decided to break her long silence about Rajani’s passionate life and her brutal slaying. Joining her are Rajani’s husband, sisters and grown daughters, as well as fellow activists forced underground.
Raised in a middle-class Jaffna Tamil family, Rajani was an idealistic believer in equality for all Sri Lankans regardless of ethnicity. But with the Tamil minority suffering persecution at the hands of the governing Sinhalese, she was pulled towards Tamil nationalism. Spurred by Nirmala’s imprisonment, Rajani eventually joined her sister in the fight for Tamil rights. She was unconventional to the core. Besides being a doctor and an activist, she married across the ethnic divide – to a Sinhalese revolutionary leader and former political prisoner. Although deeply in love, with two children, their marriage would not escape the crushing effects of war and political turmoil.
Over time, constant exposure to politically motivated killings by armed groups on all sides caused Rajani to rethink her position. She grew to oppose armed struggle. She saw how women are vulnerable targets in any militarized society. But her bold questioning would prove too great a threat for those who depended on the power of the gun.
Though set in Sri Lanka, Rajani’s story has parallels in postcolonial societies around the world. She was part of a generation of political activists of the 1960s and ’70s who dreamed of radically transforming their societies. Sadly, this idealism often fell victim to narrow nationalist agendas.
No More Tears Sister recounts Rajani’s deeply human struggle as a wartime mother, university professor, wife and political activist. Stunningly photographed, using rare archival footage, intimate correspondence and poetic recreations, the story of Rajani and her family delves into rarely explored themes – revolutionary women and their dangerous pursuit of justice.
At the film showing on the 25th of June we watched…
“Angry Wimmin” by Vanessa Engles (60 mins)
Angry Wimmin looks back at the 1970s and 80s, revisiting a passionate and turbulent era when the extreme left was a significant force and many lived out their profound commitment to a political cause. Angry wimmin looks at ‘Revolutionary Feminists’, who castigated the mainstream women’s movement for being soft on men, and called on women to become ‘political lesbians’, believing that women would never be free until they withdrew from sexual relations with men.
“No Pretence” by an autonomous anarcha-feminist collective
In 2009 Anarcha-Feminists interupted the Anarchist Conference in London, to declare that “We do not feel that the content and structure of the conference deal with gender and we’re tired of asking for space – we’re taking it ourselves.” They then presented this film, “No Pretence,” to highlight the clear lack of theorising and concrete action around sexism, homophobia and racism in the anarchist movement.’
Blurb for the event:
Theme: Feminism & “The Movement”
A look at history shows us that lefty movements have not typically considered feminism one of its major concerns. Feminist and anarchist, Emma Goldman described the obstacles against when she raised this issue: “Censorship came from some of my own comrades because I was treating such ‘unnatural’ themes as homosexuality.”
The films ‘Angry Wimmin’ & ‘No Pretence’ look at two different struggles for a radical feminist analysis within the lefty movement. The first film looks at the evolution of what was considered a radical feminist analysis in the 80’s & ’90’s. The second deals with the lack of a feminist focus in the present day anarchist movement.
At the film showing on the 28th of May we watched…
Broad Horizons a DVD compilation of animations, documentaries and short films made by women.Included in this compliation was..
Fisch in Lesbos (undercurrents) 4min
A lesbian books a holiday
Be[lie]f (Shannon Smy) 3mins
Exploring belief structures
Happiness tends to Infinity (Yinka Selley) 3mins
A scientific equation on how to be happy
Trainstopping (Maren Girgensohn) 5 mins
British women activists join in protests against the transportation of nuclear waste across Germany
Life before Death (Helen iles) 10min (watch trailer below)
An inspiring short film explorings the experiences of two women & their daughters as they face terminal illness. Far from being a morbid lament, the film develops into an uplifting meditation on finding acceptance when faced with the most critical time of our life.
Clowning around at the G8 (Circa) 15mins
An insignt into the techniques of the Rebel Clown Army during the G8 summit in Scotland.
Eve’s Apple- (undercurrents) 3 min
Produced during an undercurrents video training workshop.
The Very Model of a Modern Labour Minister- (Flash for Cash/Claire Civil) 3mins
Animated sing along with the Government about Identity cards!
I ain’t looking for your Sympathy -(Twiz Evans) 10mins
An inspiring documentary about how women are using many techniques to overcome disability. Filmed on location during the Women in Tune festival.
Evolving Minds (Melissa Gunasena) 45min
What is reality? Who defines it? Evolving Minds offers a fresh and radical perspective on alternatives to the mental health system. Presenting clear information in a humorous style it covers diverse topics such as shamanism, nutrition, psychotherapy, meditation and protest against draconian mental health legislation.
We then screened the feature film “With Our Memory on our Future” a recent documentary about women in Cuba and the work of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC)
At the film showing on the 26th of March we watched..
This documentary chronicles the life of the anarchist-feminist organization Mujeres Libres (Free Women) during the Spanish Revolution (1936–39). It includes interviews with numerous former members discussing revolutionary Spain and the involvement of women in the war, their relationship to the other anarchist organizations at the time, and their life since. Decades later, the Mujeres Lebres organization still remains a model for revolutionary feminist theory and action. In Spanish, with English subtitles.