Screen for Choice
Screen for Choice
7.30pm Friday 28th September
Decriminalisation of Abortion Global Action Day 2012
At Filmbase, Curved Street, Templebar, Dublin 2.
Making Change with Art and Film: Irish Premiere of ‘X is for Anonymous’ headlines a programme of selected short films and works on Choice followed by a discussion with film-makers and participants facilitated by Katie Gillum, Disposable Film Festival.
Screen for Choice is a programme of selected films and artworks on the theme of reproductive rights. A new film ‘X is for Anonymous’ about where we stand in Ireland 20 years after the X case ruling will be premiered by student film-makers Heather Browning, Rosi Leonard and Kerry Guinan. The event will also feature short films and excerpts on issues, actions, and ideas about reproductive health and abortion access curated by Katie Gillum, Film-maker and MD of Disposable Film Festival. Gillum will facilitate a discussion with producers, film participants and audience on the context and impact of these works exploring questions such as:
• How does criminalised or inaccessible abortion affect political engagement and discourse as demonstrated through these works?
• How can art and performance engage communities often inaccessible to political organizing and social movements?
• Can art and performance be used as part of strategic social and political movement?
Featured Artists and Film-makers include
Heather Ault, Heather Browning, Paula Geraghty, Katie Gillum, Kerry Guinan, Anne-Marie Kilshaw, Perform for Choice Collective, Rosi Leonard and Sonya Mulligan.
All welcome. Suggested donations €5/€3
Screen for Choice supports March for Choice in Ireland, Dublin 2pm on 29th September 2012
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About ‘X is for Anonymous’: X is for Anonymous was created by three Dublin students - Heather Browning, Kerry Guinan and Rosi Leonard. Born during the era of the X Case, these
student filmmakers interrogate why the government have failed in their duty to another generation, and whether the next generation can hope for this much anticipated legislation.
X is for Anonymous offers an account of abortion in Ireland from a legal and historical perspective. The documentary also hopes to describe in some way a particular sense of national identity rooted in religion, and how that identity is often perpetuated at the cost of women’s rights. Key contributors include Senator Ivana Bacik, Professor Fiona de Londras, Frank Crummey, Clare Daly TD, Fiona Hyde, Nadine O’Regan, Katie Gillum as well as a number of pro-choice activists.
About Katie Gillum: Filmmaker and researcher, Katie Gillum has worked since 2007 with the pro-choice community in Ireland producing awareness-raising and lobbying film for the ongoing campaign to de-criminalise and de-stigmatise abortion. As Managing Director of the Disposable Film Festival, she runs the Health Film Create-a-thon and started the Lights, Camera, Social Action program to facilitate activists and advocates in using low-cost, nonprofessional equipment to tell their stories and create change. Katie teaches media production and literacy internationally, ran research and strategy at Mule Design Studio from 2009-2012, and writes about gender, healthcare, and feminism.
About Heather Ault: Heather Ault is an artist, speaker, and activist who is creating visual narratives about the history of abortion and contraception around the world. She is currently engaged in a project called “4000 Years for Choice”. Heather is passionate about creating connections between artists, historians, and the reproductive justice communities in order to celebrate the ancient traditions of reproductive control we continue to practice today.
About Perform for Choice Collective: Perform for Choice Collective came together in collaboration with choreographer Cathy O’Kennedy to devise a performance for transport hubs around Dublin as part of a programme of creative actions supporting the March for Choice in Ireland 2012. Journeying by bus and train to BusÁras, Connolly Station, Dublin Airport and Dun Laoghaire Harbour the guerrilla performers highlighted the burden of travel imposed on 150,000 women seeking abortion services since 1980 due to lack of support for their reproductive rights by successive Irish governments. A video from the performance produced with videographer Sonya Mulligan, will be released online for September 28th to coincide with Decriminalisation of Abortion Global Action Day 2012.