The Oscars are a great opportunity to analyse the gender roles in the film business. Nominees in the important gender neutreal categories like Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film are mainly white men; while the red carpet is dominated by the sparkly robes of the ladies. When Kathryn Bigelow picked up the Best Director Oscar as the very first woman in 2010, 81 men already had one of those super Oscars at home.
So there’s plenty to be done for women in the world of film and the Berlin Feminist Film Week has set out to do just that…
March 8th is world women’s day and fittingly the Berlin Feminist Film Week starts on this precise day. One week films about and made by women will be shown in various venues in Berlin. It’s certainly important to note that it’s not about excluding men, but rather about offering a platform to those that have long been underrepresented.
The decision to only show films by female filmmakers, as male directors have also made great films about women, may seem radical at first. But if you consider that the great Cannes Film Festival Competition went entirely without films made by women, it casts another light.
The Opening Film, shown at Kino Babylon at 7:30 pm on March 8th , will be the Swedish Production Eat, Sleep, Die by Gabriela Pichler. The film tells the story of young Muslim Rasa, who after loosing her job battles with the unemployment system and society. It scooped up four „Guldbaggar“, that’s the lovely name of the Swedish national film prize.
We are giving away tickets to the Opening Event with the screening and Q&A with one of the producers. Simply leave a short comment below and we’ll inform the winner via mail.
For more information on the Berlin Feminist Film Week and the entire program, take a look at their website.