LFFF GENDER & POWER: Women Against Patriarchal Structures12A

LFFF GENDER & POWER: Women Against Patriarchal Structures

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What mechanisms are set in motion when women exert real power, power to change lives and countries? In recent years cases like Dilma Roussef, Julia Gillard or Hillary Clinton prove a pattern of patriarchal backlash against the very idea of a woman being in charge. In this session we explore this through the case of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her almost tragic fall from grace.


Pascale Lamche, 2017, France/ South Africa /Netherlands /Finland

Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. 

Her rise and seeming fall from grace bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy.

For the first time, this film pieces together and properly considers her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down Apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from those who were closest to her and with testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.



Meg Earles, 2018, UK

“You cannot easily fit women into a structure that is already coded as male;

you have to change the structure.

- Mary Beard (Women & Power, 2017)

This short film is inspired by Mary Beard’s book “Women & Power: A Manifesto”. It is traditionally animated 2D animation, using a variety of materials such as ink, graphite and acrylics. The film deals with looking at the female form and issues surrounding the relationship between women and power from a feminist viewpoint, ultimately asking the question: “What really is power?”