Stills from Gloria (2014)
Directed by Sebastián Lelio, starring Paulina García
Chile’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
Tala va Mes – (Altın ve Bakır )– İran Filmi – 2011.
Why are you looking at me like that?
I love you. I love you so much.
Seeing the two women, [Vanda’s character Clotilde and real life-named Clotilde Montron], together in Pedro Costa’s Ossos is striking – the unkempt unwashed hair, the ungroomed eyebrows, the upper lip hair, lack of even natural cinematic makeup – help establish the elements of realism. Both are gender ambiguous to the typical spectator, illustrating the expectancy of gender performance for women in cinema, as well as the expectation of the operation of the gender binary (women are clearly demarcated as “feminine” cis females). I would even say that Vanda’s challenging of this expectation is what makes her so “dangerous” [as Costa described her]. This refreshing imagery, coupled with the unapologetic look of confidence Duarte exudes when Clotilde and Tina dress for work as housemaids, reinforces why Duarte is so magnetic and fascinating to observe. The contrast of her more delicately-featured friend does nothing to deter her confidence, which makes the description “total lack of respect” further apply to gendered beauty standards. More than this, Vanda represents a woman often not seen in cinema: a woman unconcerned with expected gender performance and appearance.
— Apexa M. - Vanda’s Resistance: Exploration of Vanda Duarte in Pedro Costa’s Fontainhas trilogy | FilmAntidote.com
Strolling, Ep 7 - Cecile Emeke
A brand new episode of the short documentary series, featuring Abraham. We talked male feminists, patriarchy, crying, “great” britain, reparations for Africa, Palestine, Boko Haram, hair & more.
Keep up to date with new episodes via http://strolling.cecileemeke.com
Mother of George (2013) - dir. Andrew Dosunmu // Nigeria
Acclaimed photographer-turned-director Andrew Dosunmu’s film opens with a heady rush of the sights and sounds of a vibrant, traditional Yoruba wedding. Ayodele and Adenike are being married, and only after the ceremony is it apparent that the event is taking place not in Nigeria, but in Brooklyn. A recent immigrant, Adenike soon discovers her new life, like her wedding, is still dictated by the ways of her homeland, where wives are expected to conceive children, specifically boys, without delay. Months pass, and, much to the chagrin of her domineering mother-in-law, Adenike doesn’t get pregnant. As the pressure mounts, she makes a desperate decision, one that might save her marriage or tear it apart.
Anonymous said: Asmaa, 2011, gorgeous Egyptian film
"Based on a true story, a woman who suffers from AIDS decides not to surrender to the fatal disease. She exerts huge efforts in trying to recover or by helping those who suffer the same disease by giving them glimmers of hope.”
This sounds like an interesting film thank you, anon.
It’s on Youtube with English subtitles for those interested [x]
so thrilled to see the blog being featured and apparently on the tumblr radar as well. Thanks to everyone for the support and enthusiasm for international PoC cinema and hello to all the new followers xx