Femspectives kicks off on 23 April and we can’t wait

BY HARRIET ARGENT

Taking place entirely online this year due to Covid restrictions, the Glasgow-based festival is themed around “dreaming”, with films touching on the wide and varying ways to dream and envision the past, present and future. 

Founders of the event, Lauren Clarke and Kathi Kamleitner, said they were excited for the event to be taking place virtually as it meant more people could contribute and attend. 

“The pandemic has shown that now more than ever, people long for engaging conversations to stay connected with each other and with what is happening in the world,” they said. “We are particularly looking forward to seeing the work of our two guest curators and the discussions they are going to facilitate. It’s great to see the festival team expand and hear more voices throughout the programme.”

Planning on attending the festival this year? Here are our top picks…

Comets 

Directed by Tamar Shavgulidze, Comets is a tender drama with a pinch of sci-fi. The film follows the story of two women, Nana and Irina, who, as teenagers, were inseparable. Now, 30 years later, they are leading lives that could not be more different, and when they finally reunite, they are faced with the realisation of what could have been.

The Otherside Of The Underneath

The Otherside Of The Underneath, directed by Jane Arden

This exciting part of the programme will be a rare screening of Jane Arden’s groundbreaking 1972 feature. The film blurs the lines between reality and imagination as it dives deep into the female psyche, schizophrenia, and sexual guilt, combining scenes of group psychotherapy sessions with nightmarish fantasies. As well as being one of our highlights, founders Lauren and Kathi say it’s one of theirs too.

Dreaming While Black

Black Lady Goddess, part of the Dreaming While Black collection at Femspectives

Dreaming While Black is collection of films selected by one of the festival’s guest curators, Edinburgh-based interdisciplinary artist and cultural practitioner, Tanatsei Gambura. The four films – What Did You Dream, When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Black Man, Émergence and Black Lady Goddess – are a diverse, experimental and imaginative collection that offer an important voice on critical issues in the Black experience. They collectively ask questions around Blackness and institutions, the role of technology and the new media in erasing and dividing the collective Black experience and the gendering of Blackness. 

Feminist Film Quiz

Coming at the very end of the festival is something to lighten the spirits and a chance to socialise with others attending. Femspectives’ feminist film quiz takes place on Sunday 25 April at 7.30 pm, and apparently, there will be prizes! After a year of Zoom quizzes, we should all be experts at this by now…

Details of the full programme can be found on the Femspectives Film Festival website and tickets to view the titles are now available here

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