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Introducing… FLAWA at Home

We’ve gone digital!

In response to Covid-19 restrictions, we’re very excited to announce the re-launch of some of our FLAWA 2020 events as part of FLAWA at Home, the online festival edition.

The following online events will be streamed worldwide via Zoom:

Q&A with Natalia Cabral: Increasing Gender Inclusivity in the Film Industry

Poetry Night: Latinx Poetry at Home with FLAWA

Conversation with Ariana Harwicz & Gabriela Cabezón Cámara: The Role of Translation (event in Spanish)

Talk: Sofia Clausse on The Intersection of Nature and Art + Q&A

View all events and sign up to join us here.

 

Female-directed Brazilian films to watch in lockdown

FLAWA volunteer and Brazilian filmmaker, Chaiana Furtado has pulled together a fantastic list of Brazilian films from female directors that you can stream from home – for free.

We’ll be updating the list as we go, so please do check back each week.

Here are 11 short films to brighten up a lonely day. Click on each title to watch.

 

Short Films

 

Batuque na Cozinha (Kitchen Beat)
Anna Azevedo, 2004 (Brazil) 18 mins

Aunt Eunice, Aunt Doca, Aunt Surica. The history of samba goes through the backyard, the kitchen and the lives of these women who ran the Portela Samba School, where the greatest stars once danced.

 

Diva
Clara Bastos, 2016 (Brazil) 18 mins

Camila moves into Bella’s boarding house, where she gets to know the life and soul of the drag queens who live there in this stylised short fiction film.

DIVA Clara Bastos, 2016 (Brazil) 18 mins

 

Torre (Tower)
Nádia Mangolini, 2017 (Brazil) 18 mins

Four siblings recount their childhood memories in this four-part animated film centred around the brutal disappearance of their father during the Brazilian military dictatorship. Delicate drawings and subtle animation techniques bring us face to face with the reality of a régime which destroyed men, women and children, reliving the story of a country through that of one single family.

 

Cores e Botas (Colours & Boots)
by Juliana Vicente, 2010 (Brazil) 15 mins

Joana has the same dream as all young Brazilian girls in the ’80s: she wants to be a Paquita, a dancer on Xuxa’s TV show. Her family is wealthy, and will support her. However, there is a problem. She is black, and Xuxa never had a black Paquita on her team.

 

 

Meninas (In)visíveis ((In)visible Girls)
Isabela Aleixo and Karla Suarez, 2018 (Brazil) 18 mins

(In)visible Girls looks at the experiences, stories and perceptions of girls who are serving in a detention center for adolescents in Rio de Janeiro. Made by women united by the desire to talk about the invisibility of incarcerated girls, it uses imagination and sensibility to portray its subjects without showing their faces.

 

Superbarroco
Renata Pinheiro, 2008 (Brazil) 17 mins

Pinheiro builds a world of illusions which mix and interfere with reality, portraying the longing for something that no longer exists or that never existed, in the already perplexed consciousness of a lonely man.

 

Projeto 68 (Project 68)
Julia Mariano, 2008 (Brazil) 13 mins

Rio de Janeiro, 1968. The student movement leads the biggest demonstrations against the dictatorship, growing since the death of student Edson Luís and peaking at the Hundred Thousand Parade. With images by Glauber Rocha, Silvio Da-rin, Arnaldo Jabour and photographs by Pedro de Moraes and Evandro Teixeira, Project 68 travels back in time through image and sound.

 

Jegues (Donkeys)
Chris Agnese and Gil Chagas, 2015 (Brazil) 15 mins

The donkey, the great labourer of the dry Sertão planes of northeast Brazil used to work side by side with the northeastern man, a tireless, mild-mannered worker with unshakable persistence when it came to harvesting the lands. They became brothers, mirroring one another. Today, with progress and easy access to credit, the donkey has been abandoned, replaced by motorcycles, left to wander the fields and roads where he has become one of the main causes for traffic accidents in the region.

Jegues (Donkeys)Chris Agnese and Gil Chagas

 

Sem Coração (Heartless)
Nara Normande, Tião, 2014 (Brazil) 26 mins

Léo goes to spend the holidays with his cousin who lives in a fishing village. There, he meets a girl who goes by the nickname Heartless.

Sem Coração (Heartless)Nara Normande

 

Luna and Cinara
Clara Linhart, 2012 (Brazil) 15 mins

Luna and Cinara go to the movies. An intimate and heartwarming look inside a household in Rio de Janeiro’s upper-class Leblon neighbourhood.

 

Na esquina da minha rua favourite com a tua (Wherever our favourite streets meet)
Alice Name Bomtempo, 2017 (Brazil)

Helena went to the cinema and there she met Tainá. Everything that happened afterwards was just an almost, but, for some reason, it wasn’t. Or maybe it was. This short film is a pastel-soft story of queer courting. Password: esquinas

FLAWA 2020 postponed

FLAWA supporters,

Thank you for your enthusiasm and patience during these uncertain times.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge effect on the arts and hospitality industries and some of the world’s most famous festivals have had to be cancelled or postponed.

As the FLAWA Team, we are responsible for the welfare of our audience and artists. We’ve thought long and hard about this, and considering the circumstances, it is with extreme sadness and that we will postpone the Festival of Latin American Women in Arts until later in the year.

Please don’t be disheartened. Looking out for everyone’s health and safety, especially those who are most vulnerable, does not mean you won’t hear from us. FLAWA ensures our commitment to the work of women through other media in the interim, so keep an eye and an ear out on social media and on our website. We are with you through these sensitive times!

We will keep monitoring the situation and government measures and keep you updated on any developments. We hope you stay safe and healthy, following preventive measures from your local authorities, and using this time for reflection and recuperation, where possible.

We will be back soon, to celebrate life and health and art 🌻

Con mucho cariño,

The FLAWA team

FLAWA – Launch party with Riobamba

#FLAWA2020 returns in May 2020 and to get you warmed up we’ve put together a night of female power at global arts space, EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney). It’s set to be a lively night of Latin American pride, fashion, feeling and groove! 🥳🌻

Come and dance with us in celebration of Latinx women in arts, with Riobamba whizzing from NYC to bring joy and resistance in a futuristic club set, stylish angel Princess Prada wooing us on the mic with her high-drama reggaeton performance, and our beloved London-based DJ and visual artist Bushbby on decks. 🤩

The evening will raise money for the next instalment of the Festival of Latin American Women in Arts, a not-for-profit that aims to elevate and celebrate the work of Latin American women in the UK capital.

More info on the artists:

Riobamba‘s rowdy, deeply researched live sets reflect nightlife’s power as a site of joy and resistance, amplifying connective tissues between YouTube clips, bodega soundtracks, and noise hyperreality, “suped up with a twisted, industrial gnarl” (Complex). The Fader has called her production work “a radically self-expressive piece of futurism that stands against a single, boxed-in definition of what Latinx club music can be.”

Princess Prada is a London and Stockholm-based Latinx artist. Her lyrics portray the hassles and intrigues of a flamboyant Latin American art scene obsessed with getting somewhere in the international contemporary art scene. A voice that talks of crappy day-jobs, filling out art forms, vertical vs transversal love relations of a sapiosexual leaning towards the horizontal.

BUSHBBY – Artist and DJ Bushbby channels the sounds of her Colombian heritage to bring Afro-Latin grooves and Carribean heat to UK dancefloors.

Tickets available here

Join us to this happy launch party 🙌🏽🌻

FLAWA’s Latinx Literary Fanzine is now available

There is still a long path to gender parity in the literary world – not to mention the artistic world in general – but with FLAWA festival and this fanzine we are adding our star to the constellation of initiatives that womxn are doing around the world.
Silvia Rothlisberger, Literary South

 

Edited by FLAWA Literary director, Silvia Rothlisberger of Literary South, the Latinx Literary Fanzine is a physical collection of the literary events from FLAWA festival 2019.

 

Featuring works from the eight female and gender diverse Latin American poets who performed during the festival, a short interview with each artist, poems created during the festival workshop and highlights from the two literary Q&As, this zine is also invigorated by new works of illustration by Mitucami Mituca and Francesca Tiley.

 

We launched the zine in September at the Bread & Roses, with an open mic poetry session and music from FLAWA collaborator  DJ Amancai. Guests also enjoyed a fascinating Literary South interview with Brazilian author Luiza Sauma about her second novel ‘Everything You Ever Wanted’. You can listen back to the episode, which covers privilege, depression, online dating, being a millennial in the literary sphere and science fiction, below.

 

We also sold copies at the wonderful London Spanish Book & Zine Fair in early October, alongside friends from La Tundra, De Lujurias y Musas, Feminist Library, LAWRS, El Ojo de la Cultura and many, many more.

 

 

Listen back to the Literary South interview with author Luiza Sauma here:

 

 

This weekend catch us here

We will be at the festival El Sueño Existe in Machynlleth 

This year the festival is focused on feminism and Mexico.

We will be speaking on Saturday 17th at 7:15pm at Victor Jara’s room about Latin-American Women in Arts and the way of using arts to make changes.

If you are around join us to this talk and lets get together to discuss about it and more.

Visit the website of the festival for more information: https://elsuenoexiste.wordpress.com

See you there!

We are looking for volunteers

Hello, we are on the search for enthusiastic volunteers to welcome into our small festival family. We are looking for people that can help us with our early stages prior to what we expect will be the second edition of our festival.

We are a small team working to create visibility of the work of women in arts. This is a project that was born last year and we are hoping to continue growing and developing it in this city. From the first edition we found many artists that where looking for a space to share their visions with other cultures. This has inspired us to keep growing and working to develop this initiative into a bigger project.

What will you gain from this volunteering?

  • A chance to make a difference and help a small project to grow and support women artists to be seen.
  • Event management skills,
  • Fundraising and marketing skills
  • Develop your CV.

Please let us know if you would be willing to volunteer 10 – 16 hours per week. We are flexible with the hours and you can work remotely:

Marketing creative:

  • Implementing marketing and advertising campaigns, digital and printed media
  • Increase visibility of the social media channels
  • Manage content strategy of the website and social media, checkout flow and promotional campaigns across devices and recommend and implement changes as appropriate.
  • Create & design digital content for the media channel
  • Research competitive areas of development by identifying and evaluating the relevant cultural environment.
  • Accomplish project goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Raise the kind of awareness that can drive development for the project.

Fundraising coordinator:

  • Researching prospective funders
  • Work with the Director to identify further fundraising opportunities and drafting funding applications
  • Work with the Marketing creative to develop content for the fundraising campaigns and events.
  • Coordinate fundraising events if the opportunity arises.

Please send us your cover letter and a CV to flawafestival@gmail.com

Somos Guerreras Talk

A night dedicated to women in music and their ways of transforming realities by using the arts to denounce hard social conditions that are affecting the reality of many women, specially in Central America.

We screened reflexive and heartbreaking short films documentaries from Central America, Desenredar el Ser by Anais Taracena (Guatemala). This short film talked about the story of one woman that represent the life of many others, that have been force to grow against her will. Also, we enjoyed Cápsula 2: Aurora Chaj – Cantautora by Colectivo Lemow (Guatemala), this is a beautiful short film that take us to through the life of this songwriter and popular musician that uses her music to tell stories about her life, women realities and create awareness of the life of many families in the city.

We then introduced and had a very thoughtful conversation with Somos Guerreras, a hip hop band from Central America that is a musical and artistic project that claims hip hop as a space for feminist struggle, consisting on Rebeca Lane, Audry Funk and Nakury.

Please see the interview made by Louise Morris, journalist for LAB – Latin American Bureau for this talk, here you can see the entire night, for those who couldn’t make it

Thanks to everyone who came, we had a full house this day!

 

How did it go?

Two months have passed since the first edition of FLAWA, the Festival of Latin American Women in Arts, that was full of contentment for all the team and artists involved over five days.

“We welcomed 68 Latin-American women artists in film, music, literature and visual arts throughout 5 days of concerts, talks, exhibitions, screenings, workshops and open activities. More than 2,000 people enjoyed the festival’s events and around 50K read about us in our social media!

With these results, we just wanted to say thank you for this outrageous reception to our project.

We are now supporting small events lead by Latin-American women in arts while cooking up and preparing more ideas for our second edition.

We will keep you informed about our upcoming events.

In the meantime, we would like to invite you to check our social media networks and website to know more about the upcoming events that we will be supporting or hosting to show how women are creating thoughtful changes, using different art expressions.”

Teresa Guanique (Director)