Raindance Film Festival has joined 16 Days 16 Films in raising awareness for the global campaign to end domestic abuse and sexual violence, with a screening of powerful short films by rising female filmmakers and a Panel Discussion.

For many womxn, this isn’t the first lockdown. One of the side effects of #covid19 is that many womxn will have to spend the lockdown with their own abuser. Violence against womxn is a scary, awful, and repellent monster that this world has been dealing with throughout all human history.

Raindance has joined 16 Days 16 Films in raising awareness for the global campaign to end domestic abuse and sexual violence

The aim of the 16 Days 16 Films initiative is to raise the profile of female filmmakers and mobilise around the UN Women’s global campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

This collaboration will show four eloquent and affecting films from the 16Days 16Films Selection followed by a Q&A discussion hosted by Akua Gyamfi, founder of The British Blacklist who will discuss with the filmmakers and activists what it is that makes them so compelling, and what the challenges of the campaign to end violence against womxn are.

THE FILMS

  • THE THIRD SORROW (Written & directed by Myriam Raja) – A Nigerian immigrant and single mother, Yejide, is preparing for her daughter’s cutting ceremony. As maternal instinct and duty come into conflict, she begins to question the tradition and her daughter’s future.KEDAMONO (THE BEAST)Directed by Antonella Fabiano, Chiara SpezialeA pitiless fight in which a woman must face up to her beast.
  • KEDAMONO (THE BEAST) (Directed by Antonella Fabiano, Chiara Speziale) – A pitiless fight in which a woman must face up to her beast.
  • WAVES (Directed by Jessie Ayles) – Filmed in Cape Town’s Lavender Hill, this short doc explores the perspective of three young girls who find safety and comfort in surfing, as they grow up in a violent community.
  • WOMXN (Audience Award Winner) (Directed by Eden Tinto Collins, Adrien Peskine – Jane Dark’s alter ego is a super ‘shero’ who protects her community with the help of a womanoid dolphin.

    All films will be available to watch from Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 find out more here.

THE PANEL EVENT – Tuesday 30th June, 6pm via Zoom find out more here

THE HOST

  • Akua Gyamfi, founder of The British Blacklist.

THE PANEL

  • Eden Tinto Collins – Eden Tinto Collins developed her practice of fine arts through the National School of Fine Arts of Paris Cergy and during her internship in Ghana in the structure directed by Bibie Brew at the New Morning. Poetician and hypermedia artist, she explores in a horizontal wave of collaborations the notions of interdependency, f.r.ictions between melancholia, mythology, and identity. Her language is imaginal as she creates moments of care, staged and set through music, activated by the use of the concepts of re-enactment. She appears in several groups and projects such as Black(s)tothefuture, the Gystère Live Gang, and de Bonne Facture.
  • Myriam Raja – Myriam is an award-winning director based in Slough. Her shorts have screened at numerous festivals worldwide and often deal with themes of womanhood, cross-cultural feminist perspectives, and motherhood. She studied Film Production at the Arts University Bournemouth and her graduation short Tehzeeb won the RTS Award. This directly led to Myriam being scouted by the NFTS and she was offered a full scholarship by Channel 4 to attend. In 2018 Myriam featured as one of Channel 4’s Spotlight on Directors and directed 2nd unit on Netflix show Top Boy. She is currently developing her debut feature with Film4.
  • Dr. Leyla Hussein OBE – Dr. Leyla Hussein OBE is a psychotherapist specialising in supporting survivors of sexual abuse. She is an international lecturer on female genital mutilation (FGM) and gender rights. She is recognised as one of the key experts on this issue globally and her work has been presented at Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Harvard, and Columbia. She is the founder of The Dahlia Project, the UK’s first specialist therapeutic service for FGM survivors. As a writer, she regularly appears as an expert commentator on women’s rights and health, with articles published in The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, and The Huffington Post. In 2019, Leyla was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for her work in tackling female gender mutilation and gender equality. Her current project, The Girl Generation, focuses on the importance of the emotional wellbeing of activists in the field working with survivors of FGM.

Sign up here to get the link to the live Zoom Panel – Tuesday 30th June at 6pm UK time.