From early February 2011 until end March 2011, London’s The Showroom gallery is host to the exhibition “Reproductive Labour” centering around the films, videos, politics and discussions that make up Cinenova – a volunteer-run, charitable organisation dedicated to preserving and distributing the work of women/feminist film and video makers. Visitors are invited to step into the archives and interact with its contents whether viewing a film or browsing the paper catalogs, posters and publications.
The exhibition ends on a particularly high note on Sunday, 26 March with a screening of Lizzie Borden’s 1983 mockumentary feminist fantasy film Born in Flames, along with the launch of an illustrated comic book style script of the film produced by Finnish graphic designer Kaisa Lassinaro. The project is still in progress and the production of a full version of the comic book is in need of support, so pre-order your copy or make a donation.
Another international female film archive of note is Bildwechsel which was started in Hamburg in 1979 and has since grown to include satellite groups in Glasgow, Basel, Nurnberg, Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest. Have a look at this charming video telling the story of Bildwechsel in pictures and narrated by Durbahn, one of the founders.