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Women Of The Lens Festival 2018 Flyer

Women   Of   The   Lens   Film Festival Returns 15th and 16th December 2018

46 Films; 9 Themes; 2 Days; 1 Festival

For Immediate Release

London 12thNovember 2018:  With another packed programme showcasing the creativity of UK Black women filmmakers, Women Of The Lens returns with live film screenings at Close Up Film Centre, 97 Sclater Street, London E16HR on the 15thand 16thDecember 2018.

With productions ranging in stories from animation to tradition, Women Of The Lens will screen 46 films curated into nine Themes. They are Voice To Our Humanity, Breaking Bonds, Mamma, We Love You, Precious Endurance Of Culture & Tradition, Song And Dance, Little Girl, Love Letters To Herself, Colour Her In and The Body Positive. The films come in shorts, features, documentaries, comedy, dramas and everything else in-between. The films bring a multiplicity of stories showing that British black women are not mono-faceted and exist within different versions of their own lives.

As well as strong British productions there’re films from countries to include Belgium, South Africa, the Philippines, India and Iran – and we’ll have UK premieres too.

To satisfy our industry professionals, we’ll be curating panel discussions that give exclusive insight into the industry, but you don’t have to work in the industry to enjoy these intimate conversations. As an audience member, you’ll receive an opportunity to get an exciting behind-the-scenes look into filmmaking.

About Women Of The Lens Festival

Women Of The Lens is a live festival of film, broadcast and digital programming. It was created to celebrate and highlight the achievements of Black British women in the UK creative film industries. Founded by Jenifer G. Robinson, Women Of The Lens will be specifically British in its sources with an inclusion of productions from international regions.

It was created because the representation of black women in the UK film industries remains stubbornly low. It was created to highlight the complexity, diversity and multiplicities of black women, which is ordinarily overlooked in the conventional media-sphere. Whilst our stories are by and for black women, we sincerely welcome allied women – and men, who will support the ethos and spirit of Women Of The Lens through their own work.

Founder and Director Jennifer G. Robinson says;

“I am really taken aback about the reception of the Festival since its inception last year; it has all been so positive. It really just highlights to me the necessity of what the Festival provides; a platform for voices which are not celebrated as they should be, an opportunity to share knowledge and exchange ideas about forming stronger foundations that lead to more black women working in the industry. People have said they wanted different images to look at on screen. Some of that difference is here at Women Of The Lens. All people need to do is show that they’re more than just about talking difference.”

About Founder/Director Jennifer G. Robinson

The brainchild behind Women Of The Lens is Jennifer G. Robinson. She has over 25 years of experience working in the creative industries. Jennifer has worked with other industry professionals to produce one of the longest running London-based UK black film festivals – the Black Filmmaker International Film Festival. To say that Jennifer is passionate about the industry is clichéd, but it is the best word to use that describes her innate commitment and loyalty to create and deliver a Festival of integrity and to grow and fulfill its ethos as described.

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Women Of The Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival

Debuts Friday 10th November 2017

with

‘Can She Get Her Sexy Back?!’

Full Line-Up Announced

London, October 2017: Women Of The Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival launches on Friday 10th November at the iconic venue Goldsmiths Curzon, London. This UK-based Festival was created to showcase the work and challenge perceptions of black women and women of colour in front of and behind the camera.

With 54 productions, 14 Themes, 5 panels of debate, and two historic venues the packed Festival kicks off with Themes as follows:

Can She Get Her Sexy Back?!: The sexuality of black and brown women have been up for grabs historically. The Festival screens Spike Lee’s Girl 6 and will include a panel discussion to challenge the perceptions of black women’s sexuality in film and get back the power of her sex. (Programmed: Friday 10th November, Curzon)

Bonds That Bind: Family comes with many ideological messages. Bound by blood but not always by heart. In this Theme, these messages are explored as people navigate their way through notions of duty, loyalty and love. (Programmed: Friday 24th November, The Cinema Museum)

Sugar And Spice And All Things Black Girl: Black girlhood in film is often fraught with representational issues. Cue films such as ‘Girlhood’, ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’, ‘Eve’s Bayou’ and most lately ‘STEP’. Included in this Theme is a panel discussion where conversations will attempt to explore how black girls can reclaim their own innocence within childhood. (Programmed: Saturday 25th November, The Cinema Museum)

Count On Me: Those people grown up with or those they’ve just met, friendship is an important part of socialisation. This Theme centers on films, which include alternatives to expectations of traditional family that friendships often supersede. (Programmed: Saturday 25th November, The Cinema Museum)

The Trouble With Women: What are the life experiences that define ‘womanhood’? Are society’s definitions firmly bound? The Trouble With Women Theme offers first-hand experiences. (Programmed: Saturday 25th November)

Who Do You Think You Are?! Chapter One and Two - Tribute To A Classic: For women and other people categorized as ‘minorities’, the concept of identity is an ever-present one. The Festival was overwhelmed with submissions in this Theme, so much so that there’re two different screenings. The Festival also pays tribute to the film Burning An Illusion, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Menelik Shabazz. The screening will be preceded by a panel discussion and introduction of the film. (Programmed: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, The Cinema Museum)

We’ve Been Here Before: Migration and immigration are subject maters not far away from the top of any political or social discussion. There were healthy productions covering this important topic, which seek to position a point of view from those described as ‘migrants’ and/or ‘immigrants’. The films show the importance of the movement of people across the globe. (Programmed: Sunday 26th November, The Cinema Museum)

Free Form Artists: An entrancing Theme that is filled with creative artists truly finding undifferentiated, boundary-free self-expression through dance, music, animation and craft. (Programmed: Sunday 26th November, The Cinema Museum)

Lost Civilisations: This Theme channels the history and traditions surrounding civilisations of the past, physically, and romantic notions of tradition and culture. The films take audiences on journeys to locations where civilisations come under threat and what that might mean to wider society. (Programmed: Sunday 26th November, The Cinema Museum)

City-Scape Dramas: What does life look like under the shadow of an urban sprawl? Screenings in this Theme are about relationships that are influenced by ‘the city’ almost as a character in and of itself, and the peculiar human bonds cities bear. (Programmed: Sunday 26th November, The Cinema Museum)

Self-Well, Self-Full, Well-Ness, Well-Being: Mental health is a subject which is still a taboo subject in society and one which is rarely discussed without fear and uncertainty. This is often reflected in film. This attitude towards mental health often keeps people isolated, harbouring feelings that they are alone. These films are accompanied by a panel discussion, which attempts to unpack our issues around mental wellbeing. (Programmed: Friday 24th November, The Cinema Museum)

Power In The Feminine: Taking power in self and one’s sexuality is powerful and is a Theme the Festival will run throughout. This selection of film embodies the feminine and takes pleasure in desire, autonomy, choice and acceptance of self in whatever form. (Programmed: Saturday 25th November, The Cinema Museum)

What Is Broadcast Today?: Whether or not one works in the industry, it’s often difficult to imagine a time without the internet. As technology progresses and advertising revenues fluctuate between traditional and alternative platforms of broadcast, the blurring of what we’d understood to be broadcast has changed. The panel discussion will include conversations that try to offer new definitions of Broadcast. (Programmed: Saturday 25th November, The Cinema Museum)

Founder and Director Jennifer G. Robinson says; “I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the Festival. It demonstrates to me the growing potential of what’s being created and my responsibility to filmmakers as they submit their precious creations. The stories contained in the Festival highlights the multi-faceted complexities of black women and women of colour. The stories show that these women’s stories are human stories, our stories that can be enjoyed by all audiences irrespective of their ethnicities. I’m excited by the coming events and humbled by the support received.”

Festival Coordinator Laurelle Jones says; “I have thoroughly enjoyed researching the film industry; digging deep for not only quality, but masterpieces that celebrate the gifts from women of colour in front of and behind the lens. The Festival has been warmly received, demonstrating the integral need for such a platform here in the UK. I look forward to the launch of this Festival as it gives birth to a unique experience in film championed by women of colour.”

About Founder/Director Jennifer G. Robinson

The brainchild behind Women Of The Lens is Jennifer G. Robinson. Jennifer has over 25 years of experience working in the creative industries to include education. Jennifer has worked with Menelik Shabazz and other industry professionals to produce one the longest running London-based film festivals – the black filmmaker international film festival. To say that Jennifer is ‘passionate’ about the industry is clichéd, but it’s the best word to use that describes her innate commitment and loyalty to create and deliver a Festival of integrity to grow to fulfill its ethos as described above.

Images: Upon request.

Women Of The Lens Festival Social Media:

Website: www.womenofthelens.com     Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @WomenOfTheLens

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