Ethnocine Artist Residency at Haverford College
From March 18-24, 2020, filmmakers Seemab Gul and Nida Mehboob will be in residence at Haverford College’s VCAM (Visual Culture, Arts, and Media) facility through its new Media and Makers Initiative. During their time at Haverford, they’ll meet with faculty and students, as well as work on post-production for their film How I Like It.
The residency is a collaboration between VCAM and Ethnocine Collective, a group of visual anthropologists and filmmakers who push the boundaries of documentary storytelling through decolonial and intersectional feminist practice. The residency aims to strengthen the burgeoning field of feminist ethnographic filmmaking by supporting two underrepresented artists to claim the time, space, and a critically engaged community to move the needle forward on works-in-progress.
How I Like It is a rare insight into a group of women who talk about their intimate sexual experiences and how they manage to achieve them in a patriarchal Muslim society of Pakistan.
Seemab Gul is an artist and filmmaker based between London and Karachi. Her films interweave documentary, fictional, and performative elements to explore social-political stories. She is also an educator and a visiting tutor at the London Film Academy and National College of Arts.
Nida Mehboob is a photographer & filmmaker based in Lahore, Pakistan. Her topics of interest include themes of social injustice varying from religious persecution and gender discrimination in Pakistan.
Organized by Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual Studies Emily Hong and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual Studies and Hurford Center Postdoctoral Fellow Elena Guzman.
Sponsored by Ethnocine, Rhiza, the VCAM Media and Makers Initiative, the Department of Anthropology, and the Visual Studies Program.
Weaponizing Resistance: Feminist Filmmaking and the Representation of Muslim Women: Masterclass with Artists-in-Residence Seemab Gul and Nida Mehboob
Thursday, March 19
VCAM Screening Room 001
In this masterclass, Ethnocine-Haverford Artists-in-Residence Seemab Gul and Nida Mehboob will explore the important role of feminism in Muslim countries, the often exploitative representation of South Asian/Afghan women in western media, and the ethics of collaboration and participation for documentary filmmakers, photographers and visual anthropologists.
**Space is limited. Please RSVP at hav.to/ethnocine
Bad Feminists Making Films: On Intimacy & Filmmaking
Tuesday, March 24
VCAM Screening Room 001
Open to the public
Bad Feminists Making Films will feature screenings of works-in-progress from womxn filmmakers who will be discussing the importance of intimacy in feminist ethnographic filmmaking practice. Each of the films explores personal relationships and bonds with family, found family, and friends showing how love informs their practices, collaborations, and aesthetics in filmmaking.
Featuring the work of Ethnocine Collective members Emily Hong, Miasarah Lai, and Mariangela Mihai, and moderated by Elena Guzman.
Created by two womxn-led collectives, Ethnocine and Rhiza, Bad Feminists Making Films is a podcast and screening series where we talk to bad feminist filmmakers who are confronting and changing the film industry through intersectional and decolonial practice. http://badfeministsmakingfilms.com/