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| Black_Women*_Space: The Black Her*Stories Project (2015)

Black_Women*_Space: The Black Her*Stories Project (2015)

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*Cecilia Tasso, drawing: Annie Gonzaga, concept: Black_Women*_Space

Screenings, film discussions, workshop organized by Black_Women*_Space

The Black Her*Stories Project presents the first queer Black feminist film festival in Vienna. The selected films depict stories by and about Black LGBTIQ people (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer), bringing them to the cinema screen and thus creating decolonial and feminist resistance.

The Black Her*Stories Project utilises the medium of film to highlight and pass on queer Black feminist stories. For three nights the cinema Top Kino stands in the light of Black revolutionary resistance. From feature films to documentaries and experimental movie formats, what connects these powerful, artistic and humoristic narratives is their political relevance. Not only do queer Black feminist positions claim space, but social struggles and movements are made visible.

Following the screenings queer Black feminist experts including US film maker Katina Parker will discuss anti-racist and feminist film critique: How can images in film strengthen Black political consciousness? How can they not only encourage queer Black feminist empowerment but also contribute to decolonial practices?

A two day workshop exclusively for Black LGBTIQ people will address these and many other questions. In the workshop documentary filmmaking will be reflected on and put into action. Furthermore there is an archive planned for queer Black feminist films.

The term “Black Her*Story” challenges the word “history” by unveiling and re-arranging the white cis male oriented understanding of the concept of history (“his-story”). The Black Her*Stories Project stands for Black feminist resistance and is therefore a political strategy.

The asterisk (*) is used here consciously to stand for the visibility of various gender identities.

In cooperation with Top Kino und Selbstlaut Association.
Austrian premier of Stories of our Lives in cooperation with the film festival this human world. A second screening will be taking place in December 2015 along with a follow-up discussion with the initiators of The Black Her*Stories Project within the scope of this human world.

Black_Women*_Space is a queer Black feminist collective founded in 2013. With its work, the collective resists racism in Vienna and beyond.

detailed program
Sat, 19. 9., 10:00 – 16:00
Workshop: Documentaries of Resistance: The Making of Black Her*Stories
Verein Selbstlaut, 1090, Berggasse 32/4 (no barrier-free access, for more detailed information, please send an e-mail to: office@wienwoche.org)

Practices with techniques of documentary filmmaking

The workshop is for queer Black people and Black LGBTIQ people only. Please register until September 10 at: theblackher.stories@gmail.com

Sun, 20. 9., 10:00 – 16:00
Workshop: Documentaries of Resistance: The Making of Black Her*Stories
Verein Selbstlaut, 1090, Berggasse 32/4 (no barrier-free access, for more detailed information, please send an e-mail to: office@wienwoche.org)

Practices with techniques of documentary filmmaking

The workshop is for queer Black people and Black LGBTIQ people only. Please register until September 10 at: theblackher.stories@gmail.com

Mon, 21. 9., 19:00
Queer Black Feminist Film Screening Opening – Biographies and Her*Storytelling: Truth.Be.Told.
Top Kino, 1060, Rahlgasse 1 (barrier-free access)

Truth.Be.Told. (Austrian Premiere)
(Director: Katina Parker, Documentary series, US 2014, English OV, 40mins)
Followed by a discussion

Mon, 21. 9., 20:00
Queer Black Feminist Film Screening Opening – Biographies and Her*Storytelling: Stories of our Lives
Top Kino, 1060, Rahlgasse 1 (barrier-free access)

Stories of our Lives (Austrian Premiere)
(Director: Jim Chuchu, feature film, KE 2014, Swahili/English OV with English subtitles, 60 minutes)

Tue, 22. 9., 18:00
Queer Black Feminist Film Screening 2 – Artistic Resistance: Art films by Jamika Ajalon
Top Kino, 1060, Rahlgasse 1 (barrier-free access)

White Birch Blues, Memory Tracks, Intro to Cultural Skitzofrenia
(Director: Jamika Ajalon, Art films, US 1992, 1996, 2013/14, english OV, 50mins)

Tue, 22. 9., 20:00
Queer Black Feminist Film Screening 2 – Artistic Resistance: Short Film Series
Top Kino, 1060, Rahlgasse 1 (barrier-free access)

Film screenings by AnouchK Ibacka, Alexia-Lautaro Apolinario, Coletiva Otim, Marcella Maria, Be Steadwell, Lani Rodriguez und Marissa Lôbo. Followed by discussions of the films

Wed, 23. 9., 18:00
Queer Black Feminist Film Screenings 3 – Realities in Motion: Strolling
Top Kino, 1060, Rahlgasse 1 (barrier-free access)

Strolling (Austrian Premiere)
(Director: Cecile Emeke, Documentary Film Series, UK 2014, English OV, 60mins)
Followed by a discussion

Wed, 23. 9., 20:00
Queer Black Feminist Film Screenings 3 – Realities in Motion: Kátia
Top Kino, 1060, Rahlgasse 1 (barrier-free access)

Kátia
(Director: Karla Holanda, documentary, BR 2012, Portuguese OV with English subtitles, 74 minutes). Followed by discussions of the film