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12 May 2016

International Colloquium and Film Screenings: Women's Struggles in the Cinema of Africa and the Middle East, 12-13 May 2016, CEAUP, Porto, Portugal

International Colloquium and Film Screenings
Women's Struggles in the Cinema of Africa & the Middle East
12-13 May 2016
CEAUP – Porto, Portugal

Cinema exposes realities characterizing the society which produces it, but it is at the same time a form of critical narrative that has questioned, challenged and even disrupted social and cultural patterns often proposing alternatives that may transform, overthrow and supersede them. This conference thus aims at reflecting on the relations between cinema and society through a multidisciplinary debate around the representation of women and their struggles in the cinemas of Africa and the Middle East. This cinematographic production, still way too little disseminated and known in Europe, has been proposing broad and diverse readings on women's lives: readings for which female filmmakers whose approaches diverge from the hegemonic views have greatly contributed. It is this plurality of cinematographic views in the feminine and on the woman – different ways of questioning and expressing the polyphony of African and Middle Eastern worlds – that is intended to be discussed at this conference.

Anfiteatro Nobre – Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
12 May

Reception of participants and documentation distribution
Opening session
FERNANDA RIBEIRO – Director of the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
FÁTIMA RODRIGUES - Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto

Invited Speaker
Panel 1 – Women in Conflicts and Social Movements
Moderators - Célia Taborda Silva and Maciel Santos
MICHELE LEFRANC - D'une resistance à l'autre: le double regard des réalisatrices maghrébines post coloniales
PAULA FRANCO - Shashat e cinema sob ocupação. Mulheres da Palestina em luta
14h30 – 16h30

Invited Speaker
BETI ELLERSON (Via Skype) - The evolution of African Cinema by Women in the last twenty-five years
Panel 2 – Female Directors. “She” on “She”. Gender Representations
Moderators - Ana Palma e Ali Akça
JORGE RIBEIRO - A importância dos festivais na reflexão sobre o Género
JOYCE OWUSU (Via Skype) - The contemporary, empowered Female Figure in Ghanaian Films: A case study of “Life and Living it and The Perfect Picture”
JUSCIELE OLIVEIRA - Herdeiras de Titina Silá: representações cinematográficas das mulheres nos filmes do cineasta Flora Gomes
RICARDO COSTA - As personagens femininas de ‘Sono de Inverno’: linhas de continuidade e movimentos de ruptura no cinema turco
Coffee break
16h45- 18h30
Panel 3 Creation, Production and Film Distribution
Moderators – Ana Palma e Marco Alvarez
VANESSA FERNANDES - Escolhas, temas e linguagem cinematográfica
VANESSA RODRIGUES - Invisibilidade e visibilidade dos refugiados palestinianos no campo jordano de Jerash: o filme documental “Remember Us”
ROBIN STEEDMAN - Hustling in Nairobi: the struggles and successes of Kenya's Female Filmmakers
13 May
9h30- 10h00
Invited Speaker
Panel 4 – Gender Violence
– Suzan Massoumi e Maciel Santos
KAYA DAVIES HAYON - Women, Prostitution and Male Sexual Exploitation in Nabil Ayouch's “Much Loved” (2015)
PATRYCJA LITEWNICKA - Is it possible to stop the sexual harassment? A never-ending story presented by Mohammed Diab in the movie "Cairo 678”.

CHIOMA ENWEREM - Gender based violence in selected Nigerian video films

11h00 – 11h15
Coffee break
11h15- 13h00
Invited Speaker
Panel 5 – Women and war movies
Moderators – Fátima Rodrigues e Jorge Ribeiro
NADINE SIEGERT - The visuality of militant femininity in post-revolutionary cinema.
LAMIA GUIGA - Selma Baccara. Cinéaste, militante et femme politique: Combat d'hier, Combat d'aujourd'hui.
MOURAD ATY - Either Triumph or Martyrdom: Representation of Women in the Algerian Revolutionary-War Movies



Universidade Popular do Porto
Gato Vadio

12 and 13 May

Thursday, 12 May

Universidade Popular do Porto

Femmes du Caire
(135 min)
Film by Yousry Nasrallah (Egypt)

Friday, 13 May

Universidade Popular do Porto

Guerrilla Grannies - How To Live In This World
(80 min)
Documentary by Ike Bertels (Netherlands) 

Hükümet Kadın (A Alcaidessa)
(130 min)
Film by Midyat Sermiyan (Turkey)

Gato Vadio

Women in Struggle
(56 min)

Documentary by Buthina Canaan Khoury (Palestine)


Colloquium: Anfiteatro Nobre
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Via Panorâmica Edgar Cardoso, s/n, 4150-564 Porto
Film screening
Universidade Popular do Porto
, Rua da Boavista 736, 4050-150 Porto
Gato Vadio, Rua do Rosário 281, 4050-522 Porto

Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
Reitoria da Universidade do Porto
Associação de Estudantes da FLUP
Universidade Popular do Porto
CIDEHUS – Centro interdisciplinar de História
e Culturas e Sociedades da Universidade de Évora
Associação Cultural e Espaço de Intervenção Social Saco de Gatos

Associação de Amizade Luso-Turca
Organizing Committee
Ali Akça
Ana Palma
Célia Taborda Silva
Fátima Rodrigues 
Jorge Ribeiro 
Maciel Santos 
Marco Alvarez 
Suzan Massoumi

*Added 18h42

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