PORTO FEMME SESSIONS #6

On the 29 November, we had a program from our partners WOMEN’S VOICE NOW, USA. The annual Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival celebrates and awards the best films from around the world that highlight women’s rights issues in film that inspire social change. Each year, films are selected from over 174 countries and are viewed by over 150,000 audiences online internationally. The Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival is for films and filmmakers interested in exposure and advocacy, and teaming up with WVN to have your films seen around the world.

Invincible and Unsilenced: Women in the World, the fourth online film festival hosted by Women’s Voices Now, is a celebration of uncensored and unapologetic voices from feminists and their allies. From the rural communities of Brazil, Nepal, and Kenya, to the urban centers of Tehran, London, and Fukushima, these are the realities women champion every day.

On 23rd of November was the opening of the photographic exhibition Ra(h)lo by Sónia Katita, in the Associa’Arte Space, in the House of Associations, in scope of the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

For this reason, Sónia was our guest at this session to talk about her photographic project dedicated to the women psychiatric looking, some of them victims of ill-treatment. This exhibition is an excerpt from a work in site specific installation performed in the Hospital Center Conde de Ferreira in the year of 2015.

 

    

 

 

Borders

Fiction– 6′ – YEAR 2015

United Kingdom

Director – Elizabeth Mizon

 

Synopsis

“Borders” gives a personal and intimate insight into the hushed-up ‘virginity tests’ that women migrants were subjected to in the 1970s, as reported by The Guardian in 2011.

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Leeches

Fiction – 27′ – YEAR 2016

India

Director – Payal Sethi

 

Synopsis

In the chaotic ‘old city’ of Hyderabad, 18-year-old Raisa hatches a dangerous and improbable plan to save her younger sister from becoming a one-day bride.

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Women of Fukushima

Documentary – 22’40” – YEAR 2012

Japan

Director – Paul Johannessen and Jeffrey Jousan

 

Synopsis

Six Japanese women offer brutally honest views on the state of the clean­up, the cover­ups and untruths since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, and how it has affected their lives, homes and families.

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