Over 300 women gather to talk gender disparity at the Joburg Film Festival

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Over 300 women will gather at Constitutional Hill to discuss gender disparity in the film sector at the 2nd edition of the Joburg Film Festival.

Taking place on Sunday, 11 November at the Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, the Joburg Film Festival will host over 300 women at a free film screening and panel discussion. The occasion is for women to engage around issues of gender inequality in the film, television and cultural landscape of South Africa.

Festival director Angie Mills, “The Joburg Film festival firmly stands alongside women in a worldwide call to action on issues of gender inequity, specifically in the film landscape.  It is with this in mind that we have curated for the festival over 15 films by women directors or which have a woman-centred narrative.  The Constitution Hill event is a critical opportunity to further our own South African articulation of gender disparity through a conversation that is very much needed.”

The documentary film This Changes Everything, highlights gender disparity and inequality in Hollywood and will be screened at the event. The content of the film will be used as a launching pad to kick off discussions around South African women and their daily experiences in which women encounter and deal with gender disparity and how they are addressing this in their places of creative production.

“The conversation around diversity is not a new one but because of the joint effort women across Africa and around the world have put in, it has become ‘the conversation’. Because we work in such a visible industry it’s important that they lead the conversation and keep it in the spot light. Every movement has its time and our time is now,” confirms SWIFT spokesperson Zoe Ramushu.

The festival will bring together influential women like poet Lebo Mashile, journalist Gail Smith, Rafiki lead actress Sheila Munyiva and SWIFT (Sisters Working in Film and Television), to lead the discussion and interact with the audience.

“We live in a moment of reckoning where patriarchy is being exposed and attacked with the real possibility of creating a more equitable world for women. In this light, media, arts and entertainment play important roles as sites of visible resistance to misogyny and also as creative spaces where new realities for women can be envisioned” states panelist Lebo Mashile.

The Department of Arts and Culture and The National Film and Video Foundation are key supporters of the event.

 

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