A letter to our community

We are so grateful for every single person who has contributed to Femspectives in the past, attended our events or engaged with us in other ways. 

We started Femspectives in 2018 to create a platform for feminist storytelling in Glasgow and champion the creators of this work. We wanted to use film as a means of community building and provide opportunities for non-hierarchical conversations and learning experiences. Recent events have shown that we needed to take a step back and return to our starting point. We apologise for letting you down.

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Black Lives Matter: Anti-Racism Resources

Femspectives supports and stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and pledges to work against and challenge the systemic oppression and egregious violence that has been perpetrated on black lives.

As a white-led organisation that benefits from white privilege, we are examining our own complicity within the system. We are listening, learning and unlearning and have a long way to go. There are a lot of resources out there and we need to educate ourselves, without relying on our black friends, colleagues and families to shoulder that burden.

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Feminists in Quarantine: Femspectives At Home

These are unprecedented times and with the government’s lockdown announcement from last night (Monday, 23 March 2020), we will all spend a lot more time in our homes than we are used to – and that can get boring and isolating!

The Femspectives team got together and brainstormed ideas for how we could provide something to do that battles both of these things. And we are very happy to present –

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The right to personal autonomy and self-determination is a central concern for activists and allies across feminist, queer and trans movements around the world.

And while some gains have been made in the past, these issues still persist:

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THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN_Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Violet Nelson_PhotoCredit-Experimental Forest Films, Violator Films

40 of the top 100 films at the U.S. box office in 2018 were led or co-led by womxn. That’s one of the findings of the Inclusion Initiative conducted at USC Annenberg. The study has examined gender and race on screen in popular films since 2007. In previous years this number hung somewhere between 20 and 33, so it seems that at last, we are moving in the right direction!

But what happens, when we look at who these actors portray? What are the leading roles offered to womxn? Are they mothers? Partners? Best friends?

IT’S COMPLICATED is trying to unpack this question and discuss the complex relationships among womxn on screen.

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