EVENTS - Q&A's - PANELS

NO WOMAN ALONE - ONLINE PANEL

FREE event - Held in ENGLISH
16th of January 2021
13:00 - 14:30

Hosted at the Nordic House, streaming ONLINE - available on RVK FFF Vlog  following the event.

Hosting an online festival has enabled RVK FFF 2021 to create a space for all to partake in. Discussing intimate partner violence and abuse against women from a feminist, political and informative standpoint.

All who have access to an online service are invited to stream live, or view on the RVK FFF Vlog the panel discussion No Woman Alone. With a guest list of prominent people who continue to make waves towards creating a safer space for those who are most vulnerable, this space will not be one to miss.

  In partnership with the Cypriot Embassy, RVK FFF will connect with women’s rights concerning domestic abuse screening Pause, directed by Tonia Mishiali https://rvkfemfilmfest.is/pause  

The film brings viewers into the reality of a woman who’s stuck in an oppressive marriage blurring her fantasy with what is real.

Moderator

Randi W. Stebbins

Randi is the director of the University of Iceland Center for Writing. As a foreign woman who has spoken out for women's rights, Randi brings a great depth to this panel. Before moving to Iceland, she worked as an attorney in the Bay Area assisting immigrant victims of violent crime. She uses that experience in her research on violence against immigrant women in Iceland and as a peer counsellor for W.O.M.E.N. Randi is also a founding member of the writing collective and small publishing nonprofit, Ós Pressan, which focusses on bringing marginalized authors into the Icelandic literary landscape.

Speakers

Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir

Randi is the director of the University of Iceland Center for Writing. As a foreign woman who has spoken out for women's rights, Randi brings a great depth to this panel. Before moving to Iceland, she worked as an attorney in the Bay Area assisting immigrant victims of violent crime. She uses that experience in her research on violence against immigrant women in Iceland and as a peer counsellor for W.O.M.E.N. Randi is also a founding member of the writing collective and small publishing nonprofit, Ós Pressan, which focusses on bringing marginalized authors into the Icelandic literary landscape.

Guðrún Jónsdóttir

Guðrún recently retired as the spokeswoman for Stígamót. As a known advocate for women's rights, before retiring, she with Stígamót and the team at Réttur - Aðalsteinsson & Partners (headed by the keynote speaker Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir)took a series of cases to the ECtHR. This action was bold and showed how the system has been failing survivors of abuse and violence in ways which goes beyond the infraction of abuse from the perpetrator themselves, instead, unveiling the injustice within the Icelandic system.

Nichole Leigh Mosty

Nichole has been a prominent figure in addressing women's rights issues related especially to women of foreign origin, having lead the MeToo movement for women of foreign origin living in Iceland. Nichole was the first women of foreign origin to be elected to hold a seat in parliament here in Iceland. She is currently employed as a Project Manager at the City of Reykjavik, working with community development and sits as a Chairwoman of the non-profit organization W.O.M.E.N Iceland and will be published in the upcoming MeToo book.

Grant Wyeth - our Australian in Iceland

Grant is an academic at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, and a columnist for the Asia-Pacific affairs publication The Diplomat. His background is in political science and international relations, so is not from fields that engage directly with domestic violence. However, he has come to understand domestic violence as the world's primary security concern, and therefore an issue that these fields need to start taking seriously. He has a forthcoming journal article on the ideological conversion of family courts throughout the West, to be published in Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly. Grant will be discussing why the state tolerates male violence.

Drífa Jónasdóttir - speaking also on behalf of the Women's shelter

Drifa has worked extensively on researching subjects that concern intimate partner violence. Addressing language used in IPV and the types of injuries which women who visit ER experience. Her work has given a voice to the many women who have experienced abuse and or frequented the Women's Shelter. Drifa's insight has enabled a deeper understanding of the experiences which often happen behind closed doors.

Katrín Ólafsdóttir

Katrín is in her 3rd-year as a PhD student. Her focus is on violence with emphasis on gender-based violence, specifically IPV and sexual violence. She will be addressing this from a critical feminist point of view with special focus on the myth of „the monster" – harmful for both survivors (not recognising their experiences as violence) and men who are violent (not recognising their own acts as violence).

Physical screening of Alice Guy short films

16th of January at 15:00
Screening of Alice Guy short films at Alliance Francaise De Reykjavík. Following the screening, at 16:00, a virtual Q&A with Véronique Le Bris will be streamed online.

RVK Feminist Film Festival in collaboration with Alliance Française í Reykjavík, the Embassy of France in Reykjavík and Institut Français presents a program of 13 short movies by Alice Guy produced between 1898 and 1907. Alice Guy was the first female director of fiction films in the history of cinema. She was indeed the one who suggested to Léon Gaumont to abandon simple animated views and shoot small scripted stories. Guy received acknowledgement which was an exceptional fact in a profession which was once reserved only for men. Until 1907, she reigned over the Gaumont production as a director, artistic director, screenwriter, and working within special effects.

List of shorts:

Chez le magnétiseur
Chirurgie fin de siècle
Avenue de l'opéra
Chapellerie et charcuterie mécaniques
Chez le photographe
Questions indiscrètes
Madame a des envies
Les Résultats du féminisme
Le Lit à roulette
La Course à la saucisse
Alice Guy tourne une phonoscène...
Sur la barricade
Le Billet de banque.

Q&A with Véronique le Bris

Clarisse Charier

Moderated by filmmaker Clarisse Charier, RVK Feminist Film Festival in collaboration with Alliance Française invites Véronique le Bris for a virtual Q&A. Le Bris founded the Alice Guy Prize in France in 2017. She is the founder of cine-woman.fr, a webmagazine dedicated to women and cinema; she has also published a book about women in the film industry (50 Femmes de cinéma, Marest éditeur). Discussing all elements that Alice Guy brought to the film industry, Véronique le Bris offers to talk about Alice Guy's life, her background and talent explaining how she became one of the first worlds first female film directors.

Nordic Film Focus with Lene Berg

RVK Feminist Film Festival in collaboration with the Nordic House features Lene Berg as part of the Nordic Film Focus 2021.

Lene Berg is a Norwegian artist and filmmaker originally trained as a film director at Stockholm's Dramatiska Institutet. Her work includes installations, performance, film, photography, and text-based works, and she often draws her inspiration from documentary material. She has produced a number of projects in public spaces and directed three independently produced feature films: En Kvinnas Huvud (A Woman’s Head), Kopfkino (mindfuck) and GOMP: Tales of surveillance in Norway 1948-89 (Gompen og andre beretninger om overvåking i Norge 1948-89).Working without preconceived concepts or established norms, her projects are incised, humorous and often outside the cultural consensus. Berg uses moving image, installation, text, and photography – her projects often contains all of these mediums. One could say Lene Berg's production invests in reforming and reshaping storytelling. In her moving image works, Berg investigates questions about truth and falsehood, reflecting political issues in personal stories from our recent cultural history. By merging facts and fiction, her moving image work interrogates in contradictions and how history and storytelling is made and narrated.

Underneath - Exhibition at The Nordic House

UNDERNEATH is an exhibition at The Nordic House in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2020 Open until 23.01.2021 The UNDERNEATH exhibition is an invitation to navigate the underbelly of the normative and what lies under the surface of an egalitarian societal utopia – as seen through the prism of Nordic artists. UNDERNEATH presents the artistic modi operandi of highly contrasting artists, who are drawn into a dialectical constellation, yet remaining compartmentalized within the space, as in a labyrinth composed of several individual worlds. Reflecting a reality where everything is connected yet detached. Artists Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg (SE)  Lene Berg (NO) Paarma Brandt (GL) Adam Christensen (DK) Gabríela Friðriksdóttir (IS) Emma Helle & Helena Sinervo (FI) Maria Pasenau (NO) The curator is Arnbjörg María Danielsen (IS)