Symposium: Women, Cinema and Film Archives

Women, Cinema and Film Archives




This symposium proposes a meeting that reveals the crossroads between the struggles for equity and archival work, to produce a historical review of the patriarchal imprint in our practices and devise strategies that transform the shared present with a view to a more dignified future for people dedicated to film preservation and their audiences.


With sessions dedicated to the impulse of women in the safeguarding of film heritage; good practices for gender equality in the archive; the celebration of women pioneers and agents of change in preservation; the gender analysis of film collections and curatorial work, as well as the recognition of the heterogeneity of women’s professions in cinema, the responsibility of this symposium is to propose another path, one that complements the narrative of the recovery with a compass radically different from that of the historical continuation.


We have two days full of possibilities. May dialogue and listening lead to a symposium that will enable us, more and more,  to imagine practices of visibility and recognition.


Mariana Gándara

Coordinator of the Scientific Committee


FIAF2023 Congress. Mexico City, April 16 to 21.

10:00 h


10:00 h - 10:15 h

10:15 h

Panel 1 | Preserving Film Heritage: A Female-Driven Dialogue

10:15 h - 11:45 h

In the absence of stories in feminine about the practice of film archive, this round table proposes a six-voice dialogue in which historians, managers and professionals in restoration and conservation, will review the conditions in which women have performed their profession, their position in relation to their male colleagues and their presence in leadership positions.

Participants: Camille Blot-Wellens, Mariona Bruzzo Llaberia, Guadalupe Ferrer Andrade, Caroline Fournier, Avril Guigue-Ortiz, Tzutzumatzin Soto Cortés.

Countries: Suiza / Francia / España / México / Venezuela

Language: Español

12:30 h

Session 1 | Change Is Coming: Practices for Gender Equity in the Archive

12:30 h - 14:00 h

What form does the film archive take if it works for equity? This session shares collection practices around the world and dissects how women have traditionally participated in archival work, proposing inclusive practices that favor the construction of a future with a gender perspective.



1: Seven for the Road: Transdisciplinary Notions about Gender and the Audiovisual Archive in the 21st Century

Speaker:  Elisa Jochum

2: Future (of) Archives: The Fleeting Figure and Shrouded Histories of Indian Cinemas

Speaker: Madhuja Mukherjee

3: Education of Girls in Nigeria: The Endangered

Speaker: Akporherhe Justina Omojevwe

4: Archival Interventions: Embedding Feminist Praxis in Audiovisual Archive Metadata

Speaker: Kasandra O’Connell, Sarah Arnold

15:00 h

Session 2 | Not Without Us: A Historical Examination of Women’s Contributions

15:00 h - 16:30 h

It is urgent to unveil the paths traveled by women to better understand the present and imagine fairer futures. With the aim of contributing to the recognition and reinterpretation of their legacy, this session will offer a retrospective look that reveals the multiple strategies with which women in cinema have joined efforts to preserve the filmic memory.



1: Archives Beget Archives: Preservation, Compilation and Female Labour in the Mexican Film Archives

Speaker: David Wood

2: “Chronicle of a lady” Feminism archived, the Maria Luisa Bemberg Collection in the Museum of Cinema

Speaker: Paula Felix Didier

3: Penser l’archive cinématographique libanaise dans l’héritage de Jocelyne Saab

Speaker: Mathilde Rouxel

4: Film, Feminism and Film Culture in Switzerland 1970-2003: An Archival Perspective

Speaker: Seraina Winzeler

17:15 h

Session 3 | Achieving the Impossible: Pioneering Women and Game Changers in Archival Practices

17:15 h - 18:45 h

Figures such as Lodoletta Lupo, Marie Epstein, Thelma de Souza Mello, Susana Schild and Lúcia Lahmeyer Lobo give an account of the founding role of women in the configuration of national and international collections. Through this session we will approach those responsible for forging some of the most relevant archives and give them direction, developing other ways of doing and thinking about safeguarding the film heritage.



1: Women in the History of FIAF: A Statistical Survey

Speaker: Christophe Dupin, Barbara Robbrecht

2: Women Directors of the Bogotá Cinematheque, a Pulse of 52 Years

Speaker: Henry Caicedo Caicedo, Ricardo Cantor Bossa

3: A Woman of Cinema. Marie Epstein at the Cinémathèque Française

Speaker: Chiara Tognolotti

4: Lodoletta Lupo, the First Female Conservator of the Cineteca Nazionale

Speaker: Valentina Rossetto

5: Women Archivists in the 75 Years of the Cinemateca Do Mam

Speaker: Drika de Oliveira

10:00 h

Session 4 | Broadening the Discourse: Curatorial Work From a Female Perspective

10:00 h - 11:30 h

What disruptions and other ways of doing have the gender perspective brought to the curatorial sphere? What policies and processes dictate the access, preservation and dissemination of collections? How does the articulation of a collection shape shared memory? Projects from Australia, South Korea, India, Pakistan and Taiwan respond in an effort to broaden the scope of the gaze.



1: What’s It Like? – My Experience in Curating “Keeping the Vision Alive: 6 Korean Female Filmmakers”

Speaker: Sungji Oh

2: Activating “The Eros Collection” From a Feminist Perspective

Speaker: Julia Erhart, Claire Henry

3: Getting Noticed: The Rediscovery of Mimi Lee in Taiwan´s Film History

Speaker: Chun-Chi Wang

4: The Queen of Melodies: Collective Memories in South Asian Archives

Speaker: Amal Ahmed

12:15 h

Panel 2 | Queer Eye for the Archive

12:15 h - 13:45 h

In a heteropatriarchal environment, what challenges and opportunities does rethinking the archive from a queer perspective represent? This conversation will focus on the paradigm shift that questions the hegemonic practices of collection, conservation and programming, based on the work of the LGBTQ+ filmmaker, curator, activist archivist and film historian Jenni Olson, as well as recent findings from the Thai Film Archive.


Queer Eye for the Archive


1: Portrait of Jenni Olson: Filmmaker, Collector, Archivist

Speaker: May Hong HaDuong

2: Out of the Closet, Into the Vaults: The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project

Speaker: Todd Wiener

3: The Jenni Olson Queer Film Collection at Harvard

Speaker: Haden Guest

Country: Estados Unidos

Idioma: Inglés


4: Discovering Thai Queer Film Collection in Thai Film Archive

Speaker: Sanchai Chotirosseranee

Country: Tailandia

Language: Inglés

14:45 h

Session 5 | It's a Woman’s Job: Female Workers in Cinema

14:45 h - 16:15 h

When thinking about women in the film industry, their participation is limited to roles that perpetuate gender stereotypes. The presentations that make up this session show that the female cinema workers have contributed since its dawn to the most diverse trades: producing celluloid, defining color in the cinema, styling the image of a nation, being laboratory technicians and building networks to never again go unnoticed.



1: Female Employees of the Orwo Factory and the Lives of Women in the German Democratic Republic

Speaker: Caroline Figueroa Fuentes

2: Hairdressers as Women Pioneers in Japanese Filmmaking

Speaker: Mika Tomita

3: Women Technicians at Work in French Photochemical Film Labs

Speaker: Li-Chen Kuo

4: Exhibition ‘Color in Motion’: Exploring Women’s Contributions to the History of Film Colors

Speaker: Jessica Niebel

5: Women’s Agency in the Nordic Film Industry: Presenting the Nordic Women in Film Website

Speaker: Tove Thorslund

17:00 h

Session 6 | Sharing the Gaze: Female Collectives and the Archive

17:00 h - 18:30 h

For centuries, women have been the object of contemplation. What happens when they are the ones observing? Groups of filmmakers around the world looked back, resisting being invisible through self-representation. A session that addresses the collective practice of naming oneself in the first person, facing inequalities from a perspective of an us whose legacy must be preserved.



1: The Rescue of Mexican Feminist Cinema: The Case of the Colectivo Cine Mujer

Speaker: Alejandro Gracida Rodríguez

2: The Women From the Dutch Feminist Film Collective Cinemien: An Oral History Pilot Study

Speaker: Gerdien Smit

3: Girasolas, Women Behind and in Front of Cameras

Speaker: Noelia Torres

4: Tracing the Archive of Franca Donda and the Venezuelan Film Collectives Cine Urgente and Grupo Feminista Miércoles

Speaker: Lorena Cervera Ferrer

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