Video available now! FREE THE GAZE! Panel Discussion
The 9th discussion on the status of women* in film business and gender equity was held on April 21st, 2021. Under the headline Free the Gaze! A best practice discussion on cinematic emancipation four international influential women* filmmakers did present and discuss their practices of participatory modes of representation and solidarity-based collaborations.
Ania Freer (Director, Curator – Goat Curry Gallery, »Real Talk«)
Emma Davie (Director – Becoming Animal, I am Breathing; Academic – Edinburgh College of Art)
Néhémie Lémal (Director, DoP – On ne peut plus rien dire)
Paulina Lorenz (Producer, Scriptwriter – No Hard Feelings/Futur Drei, Druck)
Moderator was Ama Josephine B. Johnstone (Author, Artist, Curator, Researcher, Pleasure Activist)
Maxa Zoller (IFFF Dortmund+Köln)
Katharina Blum (Film- und Medienstiftung NRW)
How we film and how we look at others through the camera matters. Yet, it is equally important to understand how others look back at us. What happens if the camera is used as a mediating rather than an invisible apparatus? What kind of empowering strategies open up? The question of power mechanisms inherent in filmmaking are as old as cinema itself. In our time of blatant global upheaval these problems have become urgent again. The way in which films are made and which stories they tell – and how – have an immense influence on us. How can we challenge the hegemonic gaze of the cinema anew? This panel dicussion presents best-practice examples of an emancipated camera; a kind of filmmaking in which multiple viewpoints feed into the production of an image that also looks back.
With support of
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
In collaboration with
ifs internationale filmschule köln, Pro Quote Film, WIFT Germany