Tradition is multiple. Religion is malleable. Feeling is transformable. Femininity is variable. Femininity is many images. Femininity is many performances. Femininity is never just femininity. Reality is more than one. Fantasy is more than one. Desire is plural. Truth is contestable. Memory changes. Bodies are contradictory. Bodies are collective. You are never alone on the internet.
Lunar – an on-going project exploring feminist and queer ideas through moving-image – presents a screening of five international and award-winning short films that deal with plurality.
Zia Anger: ‘I Remember Nothing’ Premiered at New Directors/New Films 2015 (MoMA and The Film Society of Lincoln), Zia Anger’s innovative short film follows the day of a teenage girl with undiagnosed epilepsy. Five actors play the role of Joan, taking the viewer with her through fractured and multiple bodily experiences.
Alnoor Dewshi: ‘Latifah and Himli’s Nomadic Uncle’ is a rarely screened, stylised and charming experimental film about Indian identity, culture and history told through the conversations of two cousins wandering through London.
Celia Rowlson-Hall: ‘Prom Night’ Celia Rowlson-Hall directs, choreographs and dances in this film exploration of the multiple icons and images of femininity, from Marilyn Monroe to Lolita and the Virgin Mary. ‘Prom Night’ is absorbing, understated and provocative.
Fyzal Boulifa: ‘Rate Me’ A portrait of fractured and amalgamated identities online, the stories told about sex workers, and the unfiltered extremity of the internet, ‘Rate Me’ follows teen escort Coco through her online reviews. The result is a web of contradictory, insulting and bizarre narratives, yet the real Coco still manages to escape definition. This sharp and original film won Best Short at the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes.
Joanna Arnow: ‘Bad at Dancing’ Winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the 2015 Berlinale, Joanna Arnow’s film is an unromantic love triangle story, set in New York. Playing the main character herself, Arnow is a 20-something girl with no boundaries, who inserts herself into the relationship of her best friend. A witty, deadpan and unapologetic film.