New Time: The Future Is Feminist

October 24, 2021–January 29, 2022

Conceived in dialog with BAMPFA’s major exhibition New Time, The Future Is Feminist brings together a diverse range of works made since 2000 by women filmmakers representing an array of feminist voices and aesthetics, variously observational, confrontational, collaborative, analytical, or poetic.

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  • Girls / Museum

  • Terra Femme

  • Delphine and Carole

  • The Private Life of Fenfen

  • Chaos

  • Some Mistakes I Have Made

  • Nervous Translation

  • Spit on the Broom

  • Prism

  • Knives and Skin

  • Upcoming
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  • Past
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Upcoming Films

  • Delphine and Carole

    Callisto McNulty
    France, 2019
    • Friday, October 29 7 PM

    An essential contribution to feminist film history, Delphine and Carole chronicles the collaboration of documentary film and video maker Carole Roussopoulos and actor and activist Delphine Seyrig, who used early video technology to document the women’s movement.

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  • The Private Life of Fenfen

    Leslie Tai
    United States, China, 2013
    • Wednesday, November 3 7 PM
    Leslie Tai in Person

    Blurring the boundaries between public and private and inner and outer states, this program illustrates the porous and precarious nature of identity and sanity in light of the challenges confronted by three women.

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  • Chaos

    Sara Fattahi
    Austria, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, 2018
    • Friday, November 5 7 PM

    Sara Fattahi’s intimately filmed documentary Chaos looks at the impact of the Syrian war on three women: one in Damascus mourning her son, another in Sweden discussing her bipolar disorder, and a third in Vienna.

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  • Girls / Museum

    Shelly Silver
    Germany, 2020
    • Sunday, November 14 4 PM
    Emily Chao in Person

    Young girls take us on a tour of an art museum, raising questions about the depictions of women while revealing their generation’s concerns. With Eve Fowler’s documentation of women working in their art studios, to a voiceover reading of Gertrude Stein. Plus Emily Chao’s short tribute to Gentileschi.

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  • Persists, Resists, Exists


    • Wednesday, December 1 7 PM
    Jeanne C. Finley and Janis Crystal Lipzin in Person

    This program celebrates a range of materialist approaches to feminist filmmaking in the United States by Peggy Ahwesh, Nazli Dinçel, Jeanne C. Finely, Kelly Gallagher, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Jodie Mack, and Christina C. Nguyen.

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  • Nervous Translation

    Shireen Seno
    Philippines, 2017
    • Saturday, December 4 7 PM

    Set in Manila in the late 1980s, Nervous Translation depicts the delicate world of childhood via Yael, an intelligent, shy eight-year-old living alone with her mother while her father works abroad.

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  • Utopian Visions


    • Thursday, January 20 7 PM
    Emily Chao and Adele Horne in Person

    This program features six experimental films that suggest a communal vision for the future arising out of actions in the present by Marwa Arsanios, Emily Chao, Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich, Adele Horne, and Cauleen Smith.

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  • Prism

    Rosine Mbakam, Eléonore Yameogo, An van. Dienderen
    Belgium, 2021
    • Wednesday, January 26 7 PM

    A prismatic inquiry into how skin color is seen on screen, this provocative essay film asks whether technology consciously or unconsciously orients itself to depicting white skin as the norm.

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  • Knives and Skin

    Jennifer Reeder
    United States, 2019
    • Saturday, January 29 7 PM

    Riffing on genre conventions but from a feminist point of view, Knives and Skin is “a mesmerizing tapestry—mundane middle Americana meets magical realism” (Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times).

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Past Films

  • Terra Femme

    • Sunday, October 24 4 PM
    Courtney Stephens
    United States, 2017–21

    Featuring amateur travel films shot by women from the 1920s through the 1940s, Terra Femme considers whether there is something distinctive about these women’s way of looking. It is accompanied by a live lecture and two shorts. 

    Courtney Stephens and Kathleen Quillian in Conversation