The fourth Dublin Feminist Film Festival takes place next week in The New Theatre
The festival runs from November 16th to 18th and aims to celebrate, promote, inspire, and empower current and and potential female filmmakers.
The theme for #DFFF2017 is FeministFutures. Our programme this year foregrounds topics such as science and the universe, magical realism, technology and the digital world, contemporary feminist issues and movements, sci-fi, dystopia, and the future female. We’re asking questions about future generations of women – what challenges we will continue to face; how female filmmakers are shaping stories about our existence as human beings in a vast universe; how humour and beauty can be harnessed for illuminating serious issues, what makes something subversive; what makes us laugh? Under the spotlight are the roles that activism, tech, art, geography, reproductive (in)justice, youth culture, gender violence, or science might play in our FeministFutures… as well as the shockingly overlooked subject-matters of lesbian space-aliens and kitsch witches!
This year we want to showcase contemporary FeministFutures work, so every feature film is under five years old and we are proudly screening four Irish premieres. Each year we also screen a selection of Irish and international shorts – and award a ‘Best Short’ prize. We’re hosting a lecture dealing with intersections of new media, technologies, women’s bodies, sex and sexuality, in addition to a ‘Make a Movie with your Phone’ workshop for teenage girls – the future is theirs, after all.
We hope there’s something you will enjoy on the programme and we’d love you to join us this November.
6:00pm– 7:45pm Trapped [+short] Trapped is a fascinating insight into recent events in the USA, during the battle over so-called TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws.
8:00pm – 9:45pm Advantageous [+short] In this claustrophobic, near-future world, where women continue to be prized for their youth, beauty, and fertility, Sundance award-winning Advantageous raises issues related to technology and surveillance and asks pressing questions about what makes us human.
4:00pm – 6:05pm The Farthest [+short] One of the biggest movie buzzes of the year, this ground breaking Irish production takes us “12 billion miles and counting” into space.
6:20pm – 8:00pm Wolf & Sheep [+short] Set in the serene and idyllic hills of rural Afghanistan, Cannes-selected feature Wolf and Sheep ostensibly deals with daily village life, and the politics, customs.
6:30pm – 7:30pm Event: Feminist Futures lecture with Dr. Sarah Arnold Future Media Needs Feminism
8:15pm – 9:50pm Code: Debugging the Gender Gap [+short] – IRISH PREMIERE! CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap is an absorbing look at the lack of women and minorities in software engineering. Enjoying a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, this documentary is inspiring in its structure: tracing the history in the USA.
12:00pm – 1:30pm Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model [+short] – IRISH PREMIERE! What makes a positive ‘superstar role model’ for tweens? How can kids navigate a media landscape that is increasingly sexualised?
1:45pm – 4:00pm The Love Witch [+short] Elaine is just looking for love – in her gothic Victorian apartment, where she makes passion potions, while looking impossibly cool and exists in faux ‘60s Technicolor Hammer Horror inspired threads and colour palettes.
2:00pm – 5:00pm Event: Making Movies Workshop for Teenage Girls A hands on workshop for girls aged 13-17.
4:15pm – 6:00pm Gulabi Gang [+short] Gulabi Gang is an award-winning portrait of violence and injustice meted out to Indian women in rural and deprived communities. The pioneering campaigning of Sampat Devi Pal who set up the ‘Pink Saris’ group..
6:15pm – 7:35pm Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same [+short] – IRISH PREMIERE! The clue is in the title! This funny, and often very sweet, take on the trials and tribulations of dating deals with loneliness, terrible dancing, extraterrestrial life-forms, and the comfort of being yourself with someone who gets you – even if they are an alien.
8:00pm – 9:30pm Ovarian Psycos [+intro] – IRISH PREMIERE! In 1896 Susan B. Anthony claimed that the bicycle had ‘done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance’. More than a century later, the importance of the bike to the Ovarian Psycos is testament to that.