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FATMA 75 + North African Food with Africa in Motion

Fatma 75

Join us for food and a screening of FATMA 75, a groundbreaking 1975 feminist documentary by Tunisian filmmaker Selma Baccar!

FATMA 75 directed by Selma Baccar, Tunisia 1976 (60 min).


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Banned by the government that funded it, Fatma 75 was the first non-fiction film by a woman from Tunisia and was only screened once before being buried by censors.

Until recently, FATMA 75 was lost to Scottish audiences. But in 2017, Africa in Motion (AiM) film festival restored a number of Lost African Classics, added new English subtitles and brought films from the African continent back to Scottish audiences. FATMA 75 was one of them, but it never screened in Glasgow.

The film is a pioneer of feminist filmmaking. Shot at a critical moment in time for women’s rights in Tunisia in 1975, it tells the story of women’s roles in Tunisian society from ancient history to the UN International Women’s Year in 1975.

Director Selma Baccar is a pioneer of Tunisian cinema and television who studied at the French Institute of Cinema. She also sat on the Assemblée Constituante that rewrote the Tunisian constitution in 2011 to include changes that were heralded by the UN as ‘a breakthrough for women’s rights’. Fatma 75 offers a fascinating insight into where her extraordinary career began.

This evening at MILK Cafe will include a screening of FATMA 75, delicious North African food* and the opportunity to discuss the feminist themes of the film in an inclusive and relaxed way after the screening.

*Food is included in the ticket!

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Creative Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

The screening also made possible by the Africa’s Lost Classics (ALC) project. ALC is organised by the Africa in Motion Film Festival and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Glasgow in the UK.

Preview: RBG + Q&A at Glasgow Film Theatre

RBG documentary screening at Glasgow Film Theatre

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg ‘s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Followed by a Q&A hosted by Femspectives – Glasgow Feminist Film Festival. Special guests to be announced.

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A WOMAN CAPTURED (Critical Forum) with Document

A Woman Captured

Presented as part of Document Human Rights Film Festival.

A Woman Captured (Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, Germany/Hungary 2017) reveals the shocking phenomenon of modern-day slavery in the heart of Europe. It follows Marish, a 52-year-old Hungarian woman who has been serving as a family housekeeper for a decade, working 20 hours a day without pay. With no ID, no bed to sleep in and only leftover scraps to eat Marish is treated like an animal and forbidden to leave the house without permission. Shot over a period of two years, the film documents the first transformative steps of a journey Maresh had long given up hope of making – towards her freedom, dignity and a renewed faith in life.

It is estimated that around 45 million people around the world live in modern slavery. In Hungary alone there are about 22,000.

The Critical Forum panel discussion will take place after the screening at 15.00 in the Silver Room.

Sam Poling, Scottish investigative journalist, currently working for BBC Scotland and BBC Panorama.
Shan Saba, director of Brightwork, a recruitment business based in Glasgow and founder of the campaign Scotland Against Modern Slavery.
Meghan O’Neill, Campaigns and Engagement Officer Oxfam Scotland.

The screening is ticketed (Sliding scale ticketing: £0-8), but the panel discussion is free and all are welcome. Get tickets here.

This screening takes place in the Edwin Morgan Studio Theatre at Scottish Youth Theatre (info below). Venue access information can be found here.

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WARU with Glasgow Feminist Arts Festival

Waru film

Presented as part of Glasgow Feminist Arts Festival and sponsored by the University of Glasgow’s School of Culture and Creative Arts ‘Inclusive/Exclusive’ series.

A powerful drama co-directed by eight Māori women directors – Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene – Waru is an exploration of abuse, shame and healing. The film comprises eight unedited sequences each offering a different woman’s perspective on the death of a young boy, Waru, who has been killed by his caregiver. Set around the tangi (a Māori funeral), it is a bold film that challenges the audience through its compelling and original storytelling.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Lauren and Kathi from Femspectives.

Free but ticketed – get tickets here.

Venue access information can be found here. A hearing loop is available.

The film relies to some extent on visual material to convey ideas but contains a lot of explanatory dialogue.

The film contains scenes or themes of child abuse, the death of a young child, and grief.

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NEW MOON (European Premiere) with Africa in Motion

This poetic film weaves together childhood images, meditative musings and documentary footage as we follow the journey of director Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann’s conversion to Islam. She shares with us her strong affinity to Rumi poetry and guides us through her creative process as she is tasked with making a film about the building of a new port in Lamu, Kenya. As she gets lost in the creation of a film she didn’t want to make, she instead uses her own experiences and connections she builds with a local family in Lamu to turn the story into her own spiritual voyage. A meditation on how our paths to religion and spirituality can be tangled and different, Ndisi-Herrmann articulates the complexities of finding faith where you least expect it.

New Moon won the Adiaha Award for best female-directed documentary at the 2018 Zanzibar International Film Festival, and as part of the award Africa in Motion has invited the filmmaker to the festival.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann.

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Venue access information can be found here (Hillhead to Bank Street accessibility map, building E9).

This screening is part of Africa in Motion Film Festival – get your tickets here.

MADRES with Cinemaattic

Cinemaattic & Femspectives presents MADRES

Guerrilla film collective Cinemaattic is back with the finest contemporary films from Spain and Latin American countries. This June we’ve teamed up with them for a special programme before the summer break.

You have no fucking idea how hard it is. So this one is for them, Mothers.

It turns that some of our favourite films of the year were mother-themed or presenting not-so-typical mothers onscreen. Expanding the boundaries of our programmes German, Colombian, Brazilian, Hindu and aye, also Spanish mums are part of our last programme before the summer break.

According to a 2014 report by the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, 58% of female characters are identified by their roles as wives or mothers. While frustrating to see female characters reduced to their reproductive capabilities, some of cinema’s most complex, interesting and memorable women have been mothers.

In this Mother’s selection we see brave mums, tenderness and oedipal undercurrents – as well as good old-fashioned love.

René Guerra’s Vaca Profana about being a Trans mum in Sao Paulo & German short Kleptomami about the absurdities of today’s ‘mummy-hood’ are amongst the selection.

£6 (£5) + £1 booking fee


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46 Years in the Future – Women’s Film Festivals, then and now

Femspectives presents: 46 Years in the Future – Women’s Film Festivals, then and now, Saturday 5th May, 12.30pm to 5pm, 18+

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In 1972 the Edinburgh International Film Festival hosted the UK’s first women’s film festival, which was entirely dedicated to the cinematic achievements of women directors. 31 films were screened with the hope to change the canon and film history forever. Today, 46 years later, most of these films are, once again, lost.

We will re-visit two feature films from the original programme and contextualise them anew in our discussion sessions after each screening.


by Jane Arden / UK / 1972 / 133 minutes / English language / 18+

“Based on Jane Arden’s Holocaust this movie brings the women’s film festival to a shattering conclusion. A descent into what is called “madness” and “schizophrenia” demands a radical break from cinematic convention and Jane Arden has achieved a major breakthrough. The movie follows the death and rebirth of a human being in terms that echo the world of R. D. Laing and David Cooper. At the same time, it promised, a rebirth of the cinema. It is a terrifying, haunting and enriching experience.” – from the Edinburgh International Film Festival 1972 programme


by Sue Crockford / UK / 1971 / 32 minutes / English language

“One of the most important reasons for making this film was to show Women’s Liberation not as a bunch of bra-burning heavies but as real people seeking to liberate themselves from a male orientated society, and with creative concepts for its eventual change. Filming began at the Women’s Liberation Conference in Oxford, February, 1970. This was the first large gathering of women making radical demands since the suffragettes, and the media treatment was the same – derisive and aggressive. The women themselves were therefore very wary of being filmed and misrepresented. A year later there was more filming at the March 6th demonstration in London.” – from the Edinburgh International Film Festival 1972 programme

This screening is part of RFN Scotland 6818.


This event is open to all (18+) and is free to attend. Please book via Glasgow Women’s Library.


The Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the mezzanine and archive.

An induction loop is available for events – please let a member of staff know if you require this.

The Library has disabled toilets on the ground and first floors. All the Glasgow Women’s Library bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender-neutral.

If you need help accessing the Library, or would like more information about access, please contact Glasgow Women’s Library and they will be very happy to offer you assistance.