Projections de Je ne suis pas féministe, mais… dans le cadre du festival international de films de femmes Women Make Waves, en présence de Florence Tissot
10/11 （Sun.）13:50 ★ Q&A session after this screening
« I’m not feminist, but… » is an expression used by Christine Delphy during a TV program with Simone de Beauvoir in 1985. This is the ritual sentence numerous women have said one day, because they are afraid of using a stigmatized word, and yet are willing to express a desire for equality. Based on filmed interviews and footages, this documentary is a portrait of a feminist thinker, an activist and founder of the French Women’s liberation movement in 1970. It tells the history of a major figure of French feminism, putting emphasis on past and current struggles in order to achieve equality between men and women.
In 2001 three students of Peking University in Beijing held the first gay and lesbian film festival. The festival was brought to a halt by the university authorities during the opening event. This was a foretaste of what was to follow during the next ten years, in which the festival has battled against the oppressive vagaries of the authorities, homophobia and discrimination. Under the aegis of its founding director Cui Zi’en, the Beijing Queer Film Festival is still the only film event in China devoted to gender and sexuality; the initiator continues to successfully defy prevailing strict media censorship. Each of the five editions of the festival came up against official stumbling blocks, and every time the organisers were obliged to find new venues, often at short notice. In order to confuse the censorship authorities, the festival changed its name for each outing – just one of a wide variety of ‘guerrilla’ tactics in which the organisers are now well-versed.
(Wo men de gu shi), by Yang Yang, 45 min, 2011