Wanda | Belfast Film Festival
A weekend of film celebrating feminism and moving image
Belfast • 09 – 12 February 2017.
Wanda is a four day feminism and moving image event happening this weekend (09 – 12 February 2017 and is the first of its kind in Belfast.
Thursday 09 February, 8pm
Drinks reception in the foyer from 7:30pm
The first Wanda: Feminism and Moving Image (09 – 12 February 2017) will feature talks and discussions on feminist film practice as well as screenings of new and classic work from independent feminist filmmakers in different locations around Belfast.
See wandabelfast.com for their full programme.
Talk with Margo Harkin and Anne Crilly
Sunday 12 February 2017, 12pm
We are delighted to have Anne Crilly and Margo Harkin at WANDA to share their experiences of making socially and politically motivated films in Ireland from the 80s to today.
Anne Crilly (Mother Ireland) and Margo Harkin (Hush-a-bye-baby) set up the Derry Film and Video Collective with five others in 1984. It was formed as part of a Channel Four workshop scheme under the ACCT Workshop Declaration which provided access to funding for under-represented voices.
Pro-choice Dirty Dancing live-read
Everyone knows the fantastically cheesy 80’s pop culture side of Dirty Dancing, but are you aware of its feminist credentials? The story of Baby and Johnny’s romance is very well known, but the film’s sub-plot of crisis pregnancy is sometimes overlooked. We’re celebrating writer Eleanor Bernstein’s progressive script with an unrehearsed live read performed upstairs at the American Bar. Come along and finally enjoy this cheese-fest without a hint of shame! Our performers are all taking part out of the good of their hearts, and all proceeds from the night will go to the Abortion Support Network.
Smash the Hetero-Patriarchy Yacht Rock Karaoke
Saturday 11 February, Oh Yeah centre, 8.30pm
Don’t get mad – get musical! We’re joining forces with the wild women of Yacht Rock Karaoke to bring you this one-off Hollywood special. What better way to vent your gender-based frustrations than to belt out anthems like Nine To Five and Secret Love? There’s no dress code but feel free to come as your favourite feminist film character!
Film as Activism Panel Discussion
Emma Campbell from Alliance For Choice will chair a panel of filmmakers, documentary and narrative, whose films reflect issues affecting women throughout the world. We ask how film can be a form of feminist activism, and what drives these filmmakers to tell women’s stories. The panellists will include the writer and filmmaker, Lisa Keogh and activist and filmmaker, Caoimhe Butterly.