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
TKV i Kornelija Sabo
Malmo Feministička Mreža
Dr Katerina Kolozova
Filmography: Women’s Court – The Unspoken: Short Dream, 2012; Telling Lies, 2011; Machine – Exterior and Interior, 2003.