Cinenova presents

Still from "Back Inside Herself" by Saundra Sharp, 1984

Free entry. The talk will be held in English.

Cinenova is a volunteer-run charity preserving and distributing the work of feminist film and video makers.

Cinenova was founded in 1991 following the merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, each formed in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Cinenova currently distributes over 300 titles that include artists’ moving image, experimental film, narrative feature films, documentary and educational videos made from the 1920s to the late 1990s. The thematics in these titles include oppositional histories, post-colonial struggles, representation of gender, race, sexuality, and other questions of difference and importantly the relations and alliances between these different struggles.

Saundra Sharp
5 mins
Inspired by the film maker’s poem of the same name, BACK INSIDE HERSELF urges African-American woman to reject images placed on her…‘from people who don’t hear her need and don’t need her here’… and discover her own identity.

Helena Goldwater
3 minutes
Fierce Detail seeks the erotic in our everyday lives. The fierce detail of the face, language and objects are sites of emotion, passion, spirituality and humour. Shot on handheld Super 8, and cut quickly and fluidly, the film allows for the causality of gazing at a women’s face in extreme close-up, as she reflects and interacts with the audience/camera.

A TRIBUTE TO BLACK WOMEN (They don’t get chance) (1986)
A Carney, B Phillips
20 mins
“How many famous Black women can you name who aren’t either sportswomen or entertainers”? Through a series of street vox pops on the streets of 1980s Liverpool most people draw a blank. The film investigates why this is so, pointing to inadequate media representation and bias in the education system which Black women have to overcome to uncover their own history.

Sheffield Film Coop
18 minutes
This video examines the type of paid work that married women find themselves doing. ‘Woman has always cleaned’ declares a male caretaker, who prefers to work with women because it is easier to exert his authority. Prevailing attitudes like this reveal the degree to which ‘women’s work’ is denigrated in the home and in the sphere of waged employment.

Catherine Gund, Jaqueline Woodson
30 minutes
Based on a poignant autobiographical essay by Woodson, this video adaptation illustrates the pull between desire for (religious) community and personal freedom. Featuring the music of Lavender Light Black and People of All Colours Lesbian and Gay Gospel Choir.

ZOOM is Bergen Kunsthall’s programme of artists’ films and videos. This season we are presenting talks and screenings with artists, looking from different angles at how various social dynamics and power relationships are being produced, performed and negotiated. Considering storytelling as a political act, the films we present explore one’s cultural and political agency to shape history.

This event is organised in cooperation with the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD), University of Bergen.

Please join us for a talk by Louise Shelley (member of the Cinenova Working Group) and a screening of films from the Cinenova collection.