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Film Festival: “Remake. Frankfurt Women’s Film Days,” Kinothek Asta Nielsen, Germany, November 2-11


Upcoming film festival: “Remake. Frankfurt Women’s Film Days” at Kinothek Asta Nielsen in Germany, Nov. 2-11, 2018

From the event’s website:

“This November, the Kinothek Asta Nielsen in Frankfurt will present the inaugural edition of Remake. Frankfurt Women’s Film Days, to be held regularly in the future. 

The Kinothek has promoted film work by women for nearly twenty years through film presentations, thematic programmes, exhibitions and retrospectives, facilitating the discussion of gender relations in film. The Remake festival integrates a new event format into our previous work: a programme with a thematic focus will unfold in a mixture of festival and symposium. “Remake” refers to the connection with history that characterises all the Kinothek’s work: films spanning more than a hundred years emerge anew in the perception of viewers when they are shown today. Films exist only in their screening, so that the presentation of films is itself a form of film-making, a re-make. […]

We want our programme to pay tribute not only to film history, but also to the history of feminist film festivals. The first of these, which took place in 1972 in New York and Edinburgh, were largely dedicated to the (re-) discovery of women filmmakers. Many of their works, which saw the light of projectors in the early 70s, have disappeared again, and copies can only be found with difficulty, if at all. Through revivals of past programmes and conversations with their organisers, we will remember this history, from which our work has also emerged. Each edition of Remake. Frankfurt Women’s Film Days will be dedicated to one of the earlier festivals.

Remake. Frankfurt Women’s Film Days, 2 – 11 November 2018

The opening of the Remake festival is connected to the exhibit and event series “Votes for Women – The 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Germany” at the Historisches Museum Frankfurt, which runs from August 2018 to January 2019. Our programme, to take place in November 2018, will focus on the theme “100 Years of Women’s Suffrage – 50 Years of Feminist Film Making”.  Plans include films, introductory lectures, discussions, and supporting events. The festival will consist of several parts, including films on the suffragette movement and on general 1910s and 1920s legal topics such as sexual offenses, matrimony, and abortion. In addition, there will be films depicting the conflict-ridden transformation of women’s roles, and the change in their status vis-à-vis work and love. All these topics pervade feminist film work up to now, each perhaps weighted and perceived differently. Our programme will extend from the early 20th century to the present; at the same time, we intend to raise awareness that women’s emancipation movements have existed not only in Western nations, but also in other parts of the world. 

This year’s solo exhibition is dedicated to Frankfurt filmmaker Recha Jungmann. We will screen her three feature films and a number of shorts, all produced between 1967 and 1981. Recha Jungmann will participate in discussions at the screenings. 

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