Wanda: Feminism and Moving Image

Four days of film screenings, talks, performances and panel discussions celebrating the deep connection between feminism and moving image

Festival Details


Thursday, 09 February 2017 to Sunday, 12 February 2017

Feminist film has an influential and rich history, and WANDA celebrates both new and classic films, bringing discussions, events and screenings to an audience in Belfast. ​

Out of the classic works in the programme, Chantal Akerman’s existential masterpiece, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080, Bruxelles at QFT will be a major highlight. Similarly, Lizzie Borden’s important 1983 film Born in Flames at the Oh Yeah Centre. Both films still resonate strongly with women today and continue to inspire younger filmmakers.

Film as activism is a central theme of the programme. Women in Ireland do not have the same reproductive rights as women in the UK and elsewhere. We have chosen films - not least our closing film Trapped by award-winning documentarian Dawn Porter - that reflect the various movements and experiences shared inter-generationally throughout Ireland and in other parts of the world.

Another highlight of the programme is a screening of new short films. By directors from Ireland, Turkey, and Somalia they range from documentary to experimental. These films are radical, personal and universal and we strongly encourage you to experience them.  

In addition, there will be a screening of Pat Murphy’s Maeve preceded by a talk from Anne Crilly and Margo Harkin, members of the Derry Film and Video Collective; a panel discussion on activist film; a workshop on filmmaking with Treasa O’Brien; a Pro-Choice Dirty Dancing Live Read; a karaoke night and more.