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Declaración/Curaduria

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WITH GENDER PERSPECTIVE

Mission

Bring Gender and Human Rights studies closer to a diverse audience that may or may not be familiar with these issues, through films and other disciplines.

Vision

Be a forum that invites people to question the way they watch films from a gender perspective about all types of cinematographic productions.

Background

When Gender Studies are applied to films, they promote means of understanding social phenomena from a critical perspective and an aesthetic experience. All audiovisual productions are composed, directly or indirectly, with an ideological discourse. The seventh art contributes to creating a debate about power relationships, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and gender roles.

The idea of making a film festival of this nature arises from the need to transmit the theories and proposals of Gender Studies through a cultural display that, through the creation, reiteration, and rethinking of social conventions, affects the construction of the collective imaginary. In this way, the themes of Gender Studies can transcend the merely academic level and have an influence that allows social transformation.

Selection and Curatorship

To meet our objectives, in each edition we organize debates, conferences, and discussions with specialists in cinematography, gender, and Human Rights. These make the film screenings richer because, by integrating the work of academia, civil associations and activists with the daily life of citizens, there is a critical approach from the referred situation to social phenomena.

Given that Gender Studies and Feminism cover diverse agendas, from different contexts and latitudes, a wide range of possibilities and issues are opened. For this reason, each year, we organize a thematic sample that represents each trench and each research line. Under this criterion, we group the films of the official selection within the following categories: Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Human Mobility and Migration, Ecofeminism, Ageism, Queer and Postporn, Dissonances, Minorities in Focus, Resilience, Athletic Body, VS. Media, and Enclosures and Reclusion.

Human Mobility and Migration: Human displacement and migration directly affect social practices and gender roles. Borders, crossings and boundaries mark differences, but also interstices, spaces that contain new relationships. Cultural manifestations of all kinds are transgressed, transformed and intensified on the border. The migrant body is, for some, an object of use and consumption, a blank space.

Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Reproductive health implies a satisfactory and safe sex life, the ability to reproduce and the freedom to decide when and how often to do so. Concurrently, sexual health supposes the possibility of enjoying sexual relations free from abuse, coercion or harassment; in addition to having safe conditions against sexually transmitted diseases and the possibility of achieving or preventing pregnancy.

Ecofeminism: Because of their gender, men and women assume, voluntarily or obligatorily, different functions in their family, work, and community. In that sense, they use, transform and conserve natural resources in a different way. Although the activities of both genders depend to a great extent on access to these resources, their control over them also differs. Ecofeminism is the study of these roles and their consequences, both socially and environmentally.

Ageism and Intergenerational Relations: Ageism is a form of discrimination based on age. However, it is also related to other elements such as race, sex, gender, and religion. All of this affects the relationships between individuals and society. Age is a tool to divide categories and determine subjectivities. Belonging to an age group allows predicting certain attributes, styles, cultures, values, and even feelings. Hence, age is, in fact, an identity.

Dissonances: Dissonance does not seek to harmonize, but to make a short circuit. However, this is only possible in spaces of conflict, shock, and resistance. In this sense, Feminism, Queer Theory, and Human Rights provoke dissonance through critical positions. The dissonance cannot be contained, it is an outbreak, contamination that infects the norm. These are contestatory practices enunciated by all possible means, from queer sounds, ambiguous musical genres, impossible textures, as well as body postures, and gestures that accompany them.

Confinement and Reclusion: There are many forms of confinement and reclusion: from families that decide to limit the freedom of their own members; women who are abducted and used as objects, to sentences dictated by the State in order to suppress and nullify the voice of those who shout out at injustices. The criminalization of homosexuality, the lack of justice in cases of abuse and coercion, the prejudices around migrants, and the penalization of the interruption of pregnancy, evidence the urgency of redefining the causes and the end of imprisonment.

Vs. Media: The mass media are instruments of power that permeate the immediate communication, they are the stories that normalize the social impositions. Identity, gender roles and all kinds of practices can be mediated, transmitted and become part of the norm. Against this, the discourses of otherness rise up to give voice to those who do not have one and make visible problems that are carried out by marginalized communities and minorities that, day by day, sustain and create new intersubjective forms.

Resilience: Resilience is the ability to be flexible in extreme situations and overcome them. In terms of Human Rights, resilience implies ways of action and response to adversities, whether natural or of human origin, that arise from inequity and injustice. Resilience is an uprising and a transgression. It is also the tolerance that marginalized people have developed in order to subvert what is suppressing them, both individually and collectively, by becoming active agents capable of forging their own destiny.

Athletic Body: The body is a construct crossed by gender, ethnicity and social class. Bodies rise from heterogeneous sources: competition, struggle, rivalry, art, and war. The athletic body establishes the prototype of the ideal and strong human, thus defining the deficient body that marks the limits of the inhuman. By producing bodies capable of materializing the norm, social inequality is performatively generated. The masculine sports arena is public, while the feminine practices are private. A public body against a private one.

Minorities in Focus: The condition of belonging to a minority undermines social conventions, is an exercise that unbalances the rules. All new creation, as minor as it may be, represents a confrontation with the established since it is a violent hit against the socially instituted. Fixing the look with this perspective is a way to find new styles, genres, and narratives. In this sense, minorizing cultural norms allows the creation of different contents, since it doesn’t reproduce the rules, but rather constitutes them, rejects the dominant statutes and disorganizes the genres.

Queer and Postporn: The Queer Theory is the theoretical approach to sexual dissidence and the deconstruction of sexual identities that have been stigmatized. Through resignification, this way of thinking claims that the exercise of different sexualities is a human right. Postporn, on the other hand, has links with queer activism and post-feminism. It is another way of making, consuming, producing, and interpreting pornography and erotic narrative; since it poses a critical rethinking of the treatment of images, sexual roles, gender stereotypes, and situations.

Childhood and Human Rights: The socialization of gender is an important aspect during early childhood, this is the basis for gender stereotypes, being cultural learning processes of the roles assigned to each according to their sex. Likewise, the economic, political and peace crises increase the human victims of displaced persons, refugees, migrants, repatriates, and, in particular, children who will have to survive these harsh changes.

 

We include both recent and decades-old productions. We also show feature films and short films, both fiction and documentary, in all kinds of expressions and genres such as experimental cinema and video art, to name a few. The purpose of this is to open a forum that gives visibility to independent cinema while reflecting on the cultural impact that the film industry has had on our society.