The Fourth Edition of the Forum of Film and Gender Perspective Was Held at the 36th Edition
With the participation of Kekena Corvalán (researcher, teacher, writer and curator), María Galindo (co-founder of the Mujeres Creando collective, psychologist and activist) and Jazmín Stuart (actress, screenwriter and director), and moderated by Lic. Analía Barrionuevo (coordinator of the Central Unit for Gender Policies of the Rectorate of the National University of Córdoba).
The 36th edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, produced by the Argentine National Institute of Film and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA), held for the fourth consecutive year the Forum of Film and Gender Perspective, a space of reflection that contribute to raising awareness and building equality in the different fields of cinema. Reflections on gender inequalities, their reproduction in the field of cinema and their possible deconstruction. Cecilia Barrionuevo underscored that the Forum become a "meeting for exchange, debate and visibility that year after year brings together women and the diversity of the industry".
Analía Barrionuevo opened the debate by asking about the need to mainstream the gender perspective, the representation of women and dissidents and their roles in front of and behind the camera. Kekena Corvalán pointed out that the question of the representation of the woman's body as an object or of the female filmmaker subject is not the same as that of dissenting subjects. “We must not speak for anyone; we have to amplify these presences", she added, and invited everyone to think about these problems from an intersectional perspective: "Women's cinema is still a highly elitist cinema; filming is a class privilege, associated with being a white woman, a property owner, an academic, cisgender, and heterosexual”.
Jazmín Stuart introduced the problem of the quota: “It generates a lot of panic within the industry because those who produce audiovisual content are still mostly men and they do not want to have a diverse composition of their team imposed upon them”. María Galindo emphasized the continental perspective: “In this part of the world, we have to aim very hard to work on the screen from the south to the south; I believe that this Euro-Anglocentrism –which is still very strong in film schools, in access to the screen, in the editing processes, in the construction of discourse– is something that must be broken”.
Cecilia Barrionuevo highlighted the importance of the Forum also for the Festival itself, as a generator of questions that have caused concrete changes in pursuit of greater equity - in the number of films, the composition of the team, the jury, retrospectives, publications, awards and more, and also in the discourses that the films convey–.
The public actively intervened throughout the event with questions.