From an incredibly young age, our society’s gender expectations are made evident; young girls are given dolls houses, hair accessories and toy kitchen wear/dinner sets to entertain themselves with, whereas boys are handed fishing rods, footballs, tennis rackets and other sporting equipment. Essentially, boys are handed freedom, whereas girl’s gendered toys keep her confined in the home. […]
Cinema has always reflected cultural values, so one would think that in our apparently liberated and open-minded society that there would be less of a bias of nudity in film. However, there still exists a startling double standard in terms of what is shown on screen. Women’s bodies have always been on display, whether for artistic, pornographic, or more recently, advertising purposes, and this over-saturation within the media makes female bareness almost banal. Think of breasts. They’re everywhere, even in mainstream Hollywood blockbusters (maybe especially so). The female form is no longer restricted to daring art-house pieces; it is there for the taking, laid out to be looked at, criticised, or lusted after. Male sex organs are far less exposed.
We spoke to Jennifer Reeder, who’s film ‘A Million Miles Away’, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and won numerous awards internationally. She gives us an insight into her inspirations, her filmmaking process and why you should apply to film festivals.
Tell us about your job, what you do etc.
More and more, I am making money as a filmmaker, but my “day job” is as a professor in the Moving Image area of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I teach filmmaking and screenwriting.[…]
In 2014, ‘Eternal’ was officially selected for the ‘Let’s All Be Free Film Festival’. A heartbreaking documentary of the tragedy that took place in August 2012, when a white supremacist entered the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and murdered six people. In the aftermath, family members of the victims move to cope and understand the tragedy.
Eternal is a brilliant short film that inspires kindness to people from all different backgrounds, religions and race.
We interviewed the director, Armaan Uplekar, about the film, his inspiration and what he working on at the moment.
We will screen brilliant, socially impactful short films from Amnesty International UK, Survival International,Women for Refugee Women, Amantani, Ashoka and touching street-life film The Truth About Stanley (you can read The Independent’s 5-star review of the film here). The topics will range from homelessness to North Korean labour camps, from women asylum seekers to a film about indigenous rights narrated by Joanna Lumley – and more!
We will be exhibiting a free photography installation as a way of celebrating the opening of the Let's All Be Free Film Festival 2014. This installation represents the diversity of our community through the many expressions of what being free can mean, and includes portraits of Londoners we recently interviewed regarding their take on what being free means to them. The exhibition will open on Tuesday 1st April 2014 and run until the end of the month including throughout the film festival.
The Let’s All Be Free project is committed to discover and applaud freedom in every sense of the word, uniting the efforts of people from all over the world in their quest for freedom. Freedom has different interpretations for different people, and this is the reason Let’s All Be Free is committed to organising a film festival around this theme – celebrating creativity and the works of many talented filmmakers, which focus on the different elucidations of freedom. The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival is now accepting entries for next year’s festival – LABFFF 2014.
A guest article by Henrietta Ross, a writer and blogger with bipolar disorder. Henrietta explores a variety of topics through her blog, including issues of mental health, and writes monthly for the International Bipolar Foundation, as well as for Black Dog Tribe - Ruby Wax's mental health organisation. She also writes for online magazine Blirt, and is working on her first novel. In the below piece, she shares her perspective on how her mental illness - and society's treatment of her - makes her feel free.
A guest article by Jaclyn Lyons - blogger, student and features editor at Beyond Good Ideas magazine - about what being free has meant to her in her development as a writer, and overcoming the obstacles within herself along the way.
When I was a young child, strangers probably assumed I was a mute. I barely spoke to my own family and had to have my mother volunteer in my classroom until I overcame the severity of my separation anxiety in the second grade. I was a prisoner to my anxiety that back then was simply called shyness.
“Why won’t Jackie talk?” other children in my class would ask.
“Oh, she’s just shy,” people would say.
In kindergarten my teacher thought I was memorizing my books at home since I could read them so quickly and with ease, but I wasn’t; I was reading. I had no problem using the voice of another--in this case it was a character called Mortimer Frog--but I couldn’t find the courage to use my own. When my teacher learned that it wasn’t memorization, but an early talent nurtured by my parents, she sent me to reading group with kids in the grade above me.
It’s come, it’s gone, and it’s left behind a wake of enthusiasm and inspiration. We are delighted to report that the first-ever Let’s All Be Free Film Festival was an incredible success! We got to meet all sorts of talented filmmakers, film lovers, and others excited to discuss what being free means to them. We heard from a brilliant panel of varied guest speakers; engaged them with the audience; and challenged everyone to think and rethink their assumptions about the world. […]