Free the Gaze! Online Discussion on April 21st

We cordially invite you to our 9th discussion on the status of women* in film business and gender equity. Under the headline Free the Gaze! A best practice discussion on cinematic emancipation four international influential women* filmmakers will present and discuss their practices of participatory modes of representation and solidarity-based collaborations.

Wednesday 21 April, 6 pm (CET) Zoom panel in English. The panel will be followed by a digital get-together. The event will take approx. 90 minutes.

Participation is free. Registration required via

Ania Freer (Director, Curator – Goat Curry Gallery, »Real Talk«)
Emma Davie (Director – »Becoming Animal«, »I am Breathing«; Academic – Edinburgh College of Art)
Néhémie Lémal (Director, DoP – »On ne peut plus rien dire«)
Paulina Lorenz (Producer, Scriptwriter – »No Hard Feelings/Futur Drei«, »Druck«)

Moderator Ama Josephine B. Johnstone Author, Artist, Curator, Researcher, Pleasure Activist

How we film and how we look at others through the camera matters. Yet, it is equally important to understand how others look back at us. What happens if the camera is used as a mediating rather than an invisible apparatus? What kind of empowering strategies open up? The question of power mechanisms inherent in filmmaking are as old as cinema itself. In our time of blatant global upheaval these problems have become urgent again. The way in which films are made and which stories they tell – and how – have an immense influence on us. How can we challenge the hegemonic gaze of the cinema anew? This panel dicussion presents best-practice examples of an emancipated camera; a kind of filmmaking in which multiple viewpoints feed into the production of an image that also looks back.

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With support of
Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

In cooperation with
ifs internationale filmschule köln, Pro Quote Film, WIFT Germany

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