Belfast’s feminist film festival to host 4 days of films, discussions, panels across the city

“We want these important films to reach a new audience in Belfast and promote discussion about the things that affect women’s lives here and around the world every day.”

Belfast’s feminist film festival – WANDA – proudly presents a second edition of exciting, diverse, new and retrospective films directed by women.

Over four days the festival will feature films, panels, and a quiz at locations across the city such as Queen’s Film Theatre, Black Box, Beanbag Cinema, and the Accidental Theatre.

WANDA runs from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th November, with sponsors including by the Belfast Film Festival and Film Hub NI. The festival features as its closing film this year the Irish premiere of Rafiki by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu. Banned in its country of origin due to its depiction of a lesbian relationship, Rafiki is a stunning and nuanced film with a cracking female-led soundtrack.

Launching the festival today, Laura O’Connor said “We are excited to present our new programme, which explores some of Northern Ireland’s leading debates, discussing abortion on screen and the fight for equal marriage rights. We want these important films to reach a new audience in Belfast and promote discussion about the things that affect women’s lives here and around the world every day.”  The festival will include a fundraising event for the newly formed Rape Crisis NI.

Co-directer Rose Baker said “Building on the back of last year’s successful approach of positioning older films with new works – both politically motivated and of local interest – our hope is this year’s programme continues to find an intergenerational, engaged and enquiring audience. We felt film and film theory and practice was the perfect way to open into wider conversations about reproductive rights, domestic labour and the telling of women’s stories and giving space to women’s voices.”

The full programme and tickets are available at www.wandabelfast.com and on location.

Rose Baker & Laura O’Connor.

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