Befem 2012

Welcome to the 4th BeFem Festival!

During two days you can find out all you ever wanted to know about feminism and feminists – and all in one place, cultural centre GRAD.

This year we are particularly interested in POWER and questions like who's got the power to decide how we live our lives, what we look like, whom we love?

Our partner, the Swedish feminist magazine Bang, has lined up a fantastic guest list from Sweden. We also have some pretty brilliant speakers, singers and writers from our neighbouring countries.

Not to mention the incredible contribution from the local feminist scene!

So, come to BeFem and charge yourself with some pure feminist power.

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Program, BeFem Festval 2012

Saturday 1st of December

12.00 Opening of the 4th BeFem Festival!
Jelena Višnjić and Christina Wassholm, BeFem Festival’s founding members

12.30-13.30 New Enthusiasm: Do It Yourself!
The economic crisis means a lack of money, but it doesn't have to mean a lack of ideas. This is a story of feminist power to change reality, to make things better and different – open to diversity. This is a story about individuals or groups of women who are innovators in their communities, which were not always open and ready for them. But they are unstoppable because they are brimming with new enthusiasm in the Do It Yourself spirit!
Speakers: Bitte Andersson (director and comedian), Danijela Dugandžić Živanović (CREVENA / RED), Tajana Josimović (Le Zbor), TKV (street art artist)
Moderator: Ivana Smiljanić
13.30-14.45 Doris film: How film can change the world
The Swedish feministic film project Doris Film wants to inspire and spread their experience from working with gender equality in the film industry. The purpose of Doris films is to provoke a discussion amongst the public, in media teaching at university and in the film industry, as well as giving a visual contribution to the public debate. Meet Lisa Lindén who works with gender equality and the film producer Annika Hellström who started Doris Film. We see two shorts movies together and talk about how film can change the world.

14.00-15.00 Gender reading of the city - workshop/intervention

Starts: Saturday 14.00

Ends: Sunday 19.30

What is allowed for women and girls is not just determined by laws and regulations. Our genders are constantly under construction. When we are moving around the city there are all these things that women are not supposed to do, ways we are not supposed to behave, to speak, dress, dark alleys we should avoid. In this workshop, which will transform into an intervention in public space, we will research and challenge our space in the city. The result will be shown at the end of the festival.

Guides: Kornelija Sabo and TKV

This workshop is inspired by the course ”Gender reading of the city” at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade, and led by its former students.

15.00-16.30 Breakdance workshop

At this workshop you will get to try breaking, something from each element down to the floor. This will be combined with freestyle exercises and a few battle elements. You will also be guided to the connections to the history of breaking. Focus of the workshop will be on grooves but most of all on taking space without words and without excuses.
With Melinda Jakobsson

15.15-16.00 Open for Cooperation

Meet Malmö Feminist Network (MFN) and discuss ways of networking from local to global level. Listen to their stories of how a network with individuals and organisations has enabled them to act fast and united against different expressions of patriarchy. MFN is very interested in cooperating with groups in Serbia and the region - what could we achieve together?!

16.00-16.45 Dyke Hard - Work in progress

Dyke Hard is a low budget lesbian action movie made in Sweden. Director Bitte Andersson talks about film making as political activism and useful do's and don'ts in low budget film production.

16.00 The Bang open redaction starts working
Bang team, Anneli Carnelid i Alexandra Falagara, invites you to take part in the work of the redaction with documenting the sounds, faces, stories, guests of BeFem festival. You will also get a chance to learn some more about how Bang works with norm-critical and feminist journalism. Bring your own equipment!

17.00-18.30 Why politics? On Pride, democracy and feminist perspectives

In Serbia today, the Pride parade is a much broader societal and political question than the right of one discriminated group to assemble in public. It questions and destabilizes dominant patriarchal, conservative and nationalistic assumptions. The Pride parade is about if and how we can live together and therefore requests the engagement of everyone who wants a different and better Serbia.

Speakers: Katerina Kolozova, Maja Stojanović, Svetlana Lukić

Moderator: Jelisaveta Blagojevic

19.00-20.00 New stories - new realities

A lecture and a discussion about art and activism as tools to construct possible realities. With the idea that the world consists of stories about the world and with her own practice as a point of departure, Sofia Hultin will talk about art and activism as ways to tell new stories. With a non-normative perspective on power, we will also discuss how we can find freedom to act in limiting spaces and situations.

Homework: Think about a moment in your life when you got what you wanted through lying, manipulating or cheating that you are proud of.

19.00-19.30 Women and the Horror Genre

Women in horror movies, in front of and behind the camera: as actresses, directors and audience. Is it necessary to fight for equality in this field?, Jovana Dimitrijević, one of the rare women directors of the horror genre, is interviewed in front of the audience by Dragana Matović, a fan of horror movies.

20.00 Opening of the Exhibit “Act Women – Art Club Taboo Women”

The feminist, cultural-artistic group Act Women is celebrating 10 years of existence and 10 years of socially engaged street performances in Serbian cities, as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women. At this year’s BeFem Festival they will open an exhibit of photographs which document their art, activism and engagements throughout all these years. The photos were taken by Biljana Rakočević Bibi, while photos made at the beginning of their work were taken by Marija Vidić and Ana Panić.

21.00 Saturday Night Party

BeFem presents the interactive Swedish-Guest-Fest with the hyped lesbian action musical Dyke Hard, performance by Sofia Hultin, Sweden's prime break-girl Mel and the lgbt-rap-expert Dj Boyfriend who promises dance floor magic and surprises.

Sunday 2nd of December

12.00-13.00 Criticism of Radical Feminism: Patriarchy on Our Plate

How and in what measure do feminists when analysing male violence against women, not only neglect the pervasive patriarchal structures, but also use these to describe said phenomenon: Andrea Dworkin, Gina Korea, Simone de Beauvoir? Why does bell hooks compare American Caucasian women with coat hangers, and black women to burgers? We will try to explain that meat cannot be eaten without killing the animal - by explaining the circle of exploitation which is identical to the one related to issues of how women’s bodies are exploited. Are we accepting and safeguarding a part of patriarchy while at the same time fighting it?

Workshop led by: Ana Zorbić and Vera Kurtić, radical feminists

13.15-14.00 Media, Sex, Gender: things that make you go hmmm

Kosovo 2.0 is a website and magazine based in Prishtina, Kosovo. Through a combination of traditional and new media, Kosovo 2.0 seeks to create a self-sustaining platform for Kosovo's youth, to become informed and active participants of their communities and society. Managing editor Hana Marku will discuss how Kosovo 2.0 covers sex and gender on its blogging platform, and will provide an inside view on Kosovo 2.0's upcoming Sex edition.

14.00-18.00 Red Min(e)d: The Bring In Take Out Living Archive (LA) LAB

During the one day laboratory the Red Min(e)d Collective will present the previous LA editions held in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Sarajevo and Vienna, and start a public discussion on the relation of the emancipatory politics of feminism and contemporary art in the post-Yugoslav time and space - it functions as a place where social processes and everyday practices unite and diverge, bridging the gap between the present and past in the act of constructing and actualizing possible futures.

As part of this event the following LA stations will be presented: Perpetuum Mobile, Audio/Video Booth and Reading Room.

Red Min(e)d - Danijela Dugandžić Živanović, Katja Kobolt, Dunja Kukovec, Jelena Petrović

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14.30-15.30 Lesbian Literature in the ex-Yu Region: “Decent Living”

This panel’s task is to locate, document, comment, challenge, and most of all to discover what is it that can today be labeled as lesbian literature in the region or in the post-Yugoslav literary context? There are two key questions that should be answered. First, a question that is a must in all critical literary reviews and literary revisions in this region: what may be considered to be post-Yugoslav literature? And the other question: what may be considered to be post-Yugoslav lesbian literature?

Speakers: Jasna Žmak, Vesna Lemaić, Olga Dimitrijević

Moderated by: Dragoslava Barzut

15.45.-16.45 Women's resistance - feminism against fascism
Do we live in peace now? Is there any point of peace activism in the ex-Yu region today? 
The panel will address the consequences of fascism and nationalism in the ex-Yu societies, and what the feminist responses to it look like. How has the strategies changed since the nineties and what do the challenges look like today?

Speakers: Marija Perković, Gordana Subotić, Pernilla Johansson, Amila Ždralović i Mirela Rožajac-Zulčić.
Moderator: Adriana Zaharijević

17.00-19.00 BeFem Film Program

Next Door Letters (15 min)
Director: Sascha Fülscher (Sweden)

Lilja and Sandra decide to play Melitta a prank by sending her a love letter signed with an invented name –
a boy’s. When Lilja receives a letter in return the correspondence leads to something entirely else. Animated film in Swedish with English subtitles.

Family Meals (50 min)

Director: Dana Budisavljevic (Croatia)

Five years after the last time they gathered, a birthday party brings the members of an ordinary family of four together. They all begin to wonder, why have they turned their backs at each other? Will the conversation about dark family secrets help them release the pain? Will the birthday cake soothe the past? Through the rituals of family meals, this film narrates of the importance of being accepted by those that we love.

After the film you will have the chance to listen to the director Dana Budisavljevic, in a coversation with Olga Dimitrijevic.

19.30-20.00 Gender reading of the city, part two (presentation)

20.15-21.15 Theater Play Which Is Not Called “Fucked up Cunt”

“Bitter Bitch” is a theater project inspired by a book, bearing the same name, by Swedish author Marie Sveland, where a group of authors learn about the colorful and silly world of limiting theatrical conventions (the division of “language” of the performing arts, the drama of sign overcrowding / “empty space” and boredom… ) and picturesque and cheery conventions of the a class-patriarchal society in which they live in.

Authors: Nina Marković Matthis, Ana Dubljević, Bojana Lazić, Dalija Aćin and Milan Marković Matthis

21.30 Concert Le Zbor
The first mixed women’s, lesbian, feminist choir from Zagreb on their Belgrade promotion of their first album "Hrvatske budnice" (Dirty Old Records 2012), which summaries Le Zbor's first six years of existence.

Performers, BeFem Festival 2012

Danijela Dugandžić Živanović

Danijela Dugandžić Živanović

Danijela Dugančić Živanović (Sarajevo) is the director of the Association for Culture and Art RED / CRVENA (www.crvena.ba), a member of the curatorial collective RED MIN(E)D, producer and feminist activist. She studied at the Zagreb Law Faculty and Faculty of Law Utrecht – international law and human rights. She has been active in the feminist movement for 20 years as an activist and volunteer. Danijela also works for various international and local organizations as a freelance consultant and trainer on projects dealing with women’s and youth issues/policies, lobbying, advocacy and activism. Through the work of CRVENA she has also promoted and contributed to the development of the B&H culture scene, and she has especially worked on emancipating women’s status in art and culture
Tkv

Tkv

Tkv rodjena 1988.g.Bavi se street- artom od 2004.g. Živi i radi u Beogradu.
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Tajana Josimović

Tajana Josimović

Tajana Josimovic writes for the Vox Feminae portal and queer.hr, and works with numerous organizations and initiatives on activist and cultural-artistic projects. From 2009 she has worked for or with LGBT organizations Kontra, Queer Zagreb and Vox Feminae on numerous activist and cultural-artistic projects. Since 2008 she has been a member of Le Zbor, where she sings.
Bitte Andersson

Bitte Andersson

Bitte Andersson is a comic artist, film director and former owner of a feminist bookstore. She's currently editing her feature length movie debut Dyke Hard, that will open in may 2013. Bitte is educated in fine arts, but has learned more from playing in punk bands, making fanzines, producing amateur TV and working with special effects on low budget movies. She loves all kinds of queer culture, but especially crazy stuff such as early John Waters. Her main skill is doing projects without money.
Doris Film

Doris Film

Doris film: DORIS members are doers. Since 1999, they have worked to promote gender equality in the film industry. Eight shorts have been produced in the period 2004-2009 according to Doris’ guidelines; they have trained pedagogues to adopt a critical attitude towards standardized norms in film, and they give lectures and have debates in various forums in order to spread our ideas about the film industry.
TKV i Kornelija Sabo

TKV i Kornelija Sabo

TKV and Kornelija Sabo met in an elevator during their first year of basic studies at the Faculty for Media and Communications, and have been BFF since. They test themselves in critical thinking and all forms of creative production. They are fans of Bollywood movies and dark alleys. Both live and create in Belgrade.
Melinda Jakobsson

Melinda Jakobsson

Melinda Jakobsson is a breakdancer in the crew Skyhigh Rockers and have been active in the breaking scene in Sweden over the past five years. She has participated in various seminars / conventions / lectures related to gender issues, as well as music, popular education, and more specifically, hip hop and gender. She has participated in international breaking competitions including the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark. She has taught for 10 years throughout Sweden and teaches breaking, basics of locking and hip hop. This is often combined with hip-hop history, valuation and group work. Right now she is in Malmö where she has been involved in developing activities of hip-hop as a starting point in the Adult Education Association.
Malmo Feministička Mreža

Malmo Feministička Mreža

Malmö Feminist Network was founded after the international women's day in 2011. Since then the network has organized amongst other things a Slutwalk, a Facewalk, two feminist forums with more than 60 discussions and workshops each and an evening on the subject of Malmö and feminism during the town festival where the Guerilla Girls participated. The network is now starting various collaborations with other feminist groups in Sweden. Their aim is to create a broad intersectional feminist network locally, nationally and globally. Participants at BeFem: Aida Samani, Pi Belsander, Emma Lundberg, Tora Botwid, Filippa Rehnstöm and Hiro Krantz.
Anneli Carnelid

Anneli Carnelid

Anneli Carnelid is a journalist, currently working as editor in chief of a Sweden's largest feminist magazine Bang. She has studied political science with focus on the European union, and has been working in different fields, from independent queerfeminist media to mainstream news production (even though her heart and mind always belongs to the queerfeminist anti-racism community).
Alexandra Falagara

Alexandra Falagara

Alexandra Falagara works with visual communication and is art director/designer at the feminist magazine Bang (together with Brita Lindvall). Ze does illustrations for giants such as The New York Times as well as obscure fanzines. Ze is a member of the queer-feminist art collective Ful since 2008. At the moment Brita and Alexandra investigate how a feminist and norm critical visual language can look like at Bang, where they have already radically redesigned the previous modernistic form.
Dr Katerina Kolozova

Dr Katerina Kolozova

Katerina Kolozova is the director of the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities-Skopje and a professor of philosophy, sociological theory and gender studies at the University American College-Skopje. She is also a visiting professor at several universities in former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria (the State University of Skopje, University of Sarajevo, University of Belgrade and University of Sofia as well as at the Faculty of Media and Communications of Belgrade). In 2009, Kolozova was a visiting scholar at the Department of Rhetoric (Program of Critical Theory) at the University of California-Berkeley.
Sofija Hultin

Sofija Hultin

Sofia Hultin (1982) is an artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her methods are performance and music and her work often appropriates the form of the guided tour, the musical or the lecture. Often all three at the same time. In her work she explores existential questions hidden in everyday situations and spaces such as the supermarket, the school gym or the disco. Making the common strange and intriguing her work aims to lay bare the real strange, poetic, embarrassing, ugly and beauty of things. Since 2009 she has worked with the performance group Hägerstens Botaniska Trädgård (Johan Eriksson, Sofia Hultin and Ingela Ihrman) and with them performed in art institutions around Sweden such as Liljevalchs konsthall, Gävle Konstcentrum, Tensta Konsthall and Norrköpings Konstmuseum.
Jovana Dimitrijević

Jovana Dimitrijević

Jovana Dimitrijević. Born in 1979 in Leskovac, South Serbia. She is the only artist working in carnal art and painful body art in Central and Eastern Europe. Aside from short video works, she has since last year been directing a horror movie bearing the working title “Women’s Court” (Ženski sud).
Filmography: Women’s Court – The Unspoken: Short Dream, 2012; Telling Lies, 2011; Machine – Exterior and Interior, 2003.
ACT Women

ACT Women

ACT Women was established by lesbian art-activists Lori and Zoe. After several years of cooperation on various projects and participation of new artists and art-activists they decided to combine their skills, knowledge and experience and expanded ACT Women membership, so that now ACT Women numbers seven activists in all (aside from the founding members): Vesna, Sladja, Zorica, Ana and Aleksandra. The group itself radiates with diversity - from actresses, teachers, mothers, managers, animal rights advocates, video artists, philosophers, professor, acrobats. ACT Women uses artistic tools (theater, film, photography, installations) as a universal means of communication in public spaces (streets, city squares, open markets, Roma settlements) in the goal of raising consciousness about societal inequalities and the marginalization of women.
Malin Träff

Malin Träff

Malin Träff is a Swedish sports scientist and cultural producer from Stockholm who works in the borderland between culture and sports – with a norm critical, feministic and anti-racist perspective. She comes to Belgrade as Dj Boyfriend and in her capacity as a club organizer. She brings along some of her Swedish norm-creative favorites to the Saturday night party!
Lina Kurttila

Lina Kurttila

Lina Kurttila is a multitalented person with many strings on hir lyre with interest in gender, workers rights, pingpong, lgbtq-issues, singing karaoke and being handy woman. Lina is part of the crew of the soon to be cult movie Dyke Hard and will be seen at the festival as Riff Painful, a character Lina shares some essential characteristics with.
Iki Gonzalez Magnusson

Iki Gonzalez Magnusson

Iki Gonzalez Magnusson is a DJ, club promoter, break dancer and political activist. Among other things she’s worked with ability/disability issues and the feminist break dance collective Fittcrew Ballet. She plays one of the main characters in the movie Dyke Hard. Her character Dawn is a thaiboxer that teams up with a rock band on an adventurous road trip. Dawn is a lesbian version of a traditional male action hero.
Dyke Hard

Dyke Hard

Dyke Hard is a feature length action/comedy/musical that will premiere in may 2013. The core group Bitte, Martin and Alexi (Mr Leather Europe!) met in the feminist bookstore where Bitte worked and Alexi and Martin were customers. Together with Bittes co-worker Ina, they started producing a queer amateur TV-show that was locally broadcasted. They planned to make a series of queer fake movie trailers of different genres, as a wish list for the film industry, but after having made one, they decided to make a real movie based on all the different trailer ideas instead – an all genre movie! Most of the cast and crew of Dyke Hard are somehow related to the bookstore. The main characters are lesbian and bisexual performance artists, musicians, activists etc. One of them is the current owner of the bookstore.
Ana Zorbić

Ana Zorbić

Ana Zorbic is an activist by choice, philosopher by education, while she busies herself by coordinating finances at the Women’s Space organization, volunteers when there’s a need for it and when she’s called to it. She takes care of six cats and makes vegetarian delicacies every day.
Vera Kurtić

Vera Kurtić

Vera Kurtić is a radical feminist, vegetarian and activist. She works on various things within the Women’s Space organization. She previously studied sociology and communicology, while she now studies Gender and Media on the Master Program of the Media and Communication Faculty.
Red Min(e)d

Red Min(e)d

Red Min(e)d was established by Danijela Dugandžić Živanović (Sarajevo), Katja Kobolt (Munich, Ljubljana), Dunja Kukovec (Ljubljana) and Jelena Petrović (Belgrade, Ljubljana). Members of Red Min(e)d are differently positioned in regards to experience and knowledge (feminist theory, contemporary art, culture production and activism). In October of 2011 Red Min(e)d commenced the project – Bring In Take Out Living Archive. The first interactive exhibit was held in Zagreb, while its work continued in 2012 through new editions in Ljubljana, Sarajevo and Vienna. In search of possible fields of emancipatory thought and action which are permeated by artistic and curatorial practice, mutual processes of knowledge production and an active relation regarding everyday life of society, Red Min(e)d shares and develops new methods and meanings of the living archive in theory and practice of contemporary art which they base on the feminist understanding of social emancipation.
Dragoslava Barzut

Dragoslava Barzut

Dragoslava Barzut (1984). Writer, blogger and performer. Born in Crvenka and graduated Comparative Literature in Novi Sad, where she was active within the “Center for New Literature Neolit”. She won first place for the best short story at the “Outside of the Corridors 2011” (Izvan koridora 2011) competition, at the “Where I’m Calling From” festival (Odakle zovem). She published a collection of short stories “Golden Bullet” (2012), for which she won the “Djura Djakovic” award. She is editor of “Afirmator”, a web magazine, and of Labris Newspaper, and also writes at www.odmotavanje.com. She lives in Belgrade.
Jasna Žmak

Jasna Žmak

Jasna Žmak. Born in Pula, she now works and lives in Zagreb. Graduated drama at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb, where she has been working as a research assistant since 2012. She has co-written screen plays and worked as a playwright for several movie and theater projects. She authored the “Singles” (Samice) drama which had its premiere in 2011, and now publishes short stories and critiques.
Vesna Lemaić

Vesna Lemaić

Vesna Lemaić (1981) lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In her free time, she works in a club at the Autonomous Cultural Zone Metelkova and is active in the Occupy movement – October 15th. She is the founder of the Anonymous Readers reading initiative. Each year she runs a creative writing workshop for teenagers and workshops of collective trash writing. She made her debut as a writer in 2008 with her book of short stories Popular Stories (Popularne zgodbe). In 2010 her novel The Dumping Ground (Odlagališče) was published, and she has also written a radio play for Radio Slovenia. She believes in solidarity and the supernatural, claims herself a horror addict and is always out hunting for new ideals.
Olga Dimitrijević

Olga Dimitrijević

Olga Dimitrijević was born in Belgrade in 1984. She has studied Drama and received a Masters in Gender Studies in Budapest. She works as a theater critic, drama writer, and writer in general. Author of several dramas, which have been performed, she also sometimes works as a lecturer on movie panels in Dom Omladine. In 2012 she received the “Sterija“ award for her “Workers Die Singing” text.
Hana Marku

Hana Marku

Hana Marku is the managing editor of Kosovo 2.0, a website and magazine dedicated to showcasing and giving a voice to the youth of Kosovo. Marku holds a Masters degree in Culture and Communication from York University, Toronto. Her background includes writing, editing and research.
Pernila Johanson

Pernila Johanson

Pernilla Johansson works as head of the field department of Kvinna till Kvinna. Focus in her present peace and conflict studies is civil society and social movements, and their role in nonviolent revolutions, democratization and peace building. She sternly sorts her garbage, meets irregularly with her feminist support group since twelve years, and now and then volunteers by speaking Swedish with new immigrants, to improve integration in Sweden. And yes, she has been seen at Lunch Beat (both for Peace, and Fun). Her first visit to Belgrade in July 1999 resulted, not only in a life-long love of the city, but supposedly also in a Montenegrin TV-clip of her passing out anti-Slobo-leaflets opposite Hotel Moscow, if anybody can secure that clip she will gladly give you a really, really big hug.
Dana Budisavljević

Dana Budisavljević

Dana Budisavljević authored several award-winning documentaries such as All 5 (Factum, 2004), which won the Grand Prix at the Croatian Film Festival in 2005. She graduated Film and TV editing, and while still a student she initiated the first student film festival called F.R.K.A. She was a member the organizational team of the Motovun Film Festival, and in 2005. she launched one of the biggest regional documentary film festivals ZagrebDox, together with Nenad Puhovski. With Olinka Vištica she founded the production company Hulahop in 2006.
Bitter Bitch

Bitter Bitch

About authors of the Play (which is not called Fucked up cunt): we are a group of young artists brought together by the Marie Sveland book “Bitter Bitch” and our longstanding wish to work together. With this play our intention was to try to make the theater stage as safe as the level of safety experienced by all those who do not fall into the heterosexual, patriarchal or neo-patriarchal matrix of consumer society. By working on this play, as a group we discovered that we do not want to perform feminism, but that we would rather try to bring feminism back into the performance space through the dialogue of conflict and love – two energies which we essentially lack in the modern world.
Le Zbor

Le Zbor

Le Zbor is the first mixed women’s, lesbian, feminist choir in the region and in this part of Europe in general. It has a reputation of perfectly combining cultural-artistic activism and easy tunes. It can rightfully be said that since its beginnings in 2005 it has established itself as a promoter of human rights and cultural-artistic activism among the young, urban crowd, and others. Le Zbor numbers about fifteen members/singers, and its performances are done a capella or with a band.