The power of women in film

Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival

Recognising the powerful role female filmmakers play in advancing social change

The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (ttff) will partner with UN Women and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) and UWI  to present The Power of Women in Film. The day of panels and presentations will include speakers from across the region who explore depictions of women and girls and how film can be used to address issues of violence against women, objectification, gender inequality and female empowerment. Short films will be incorporated into the programme to help illustrate some of the issues being discussed. 

The Power of Women in Film will be followed by three days of feminist cinema. The three days of screenings of films by or about women will present stories from a female point of view, highlighting political, economic or cultural discourse about women’s lives and critiquing the power structures holding gender inequality in place. The screenings will be followed by discussions on some of the issues raised.

Recognising the impact popular culture can have on transforming behaviour and attitudes and indeed on dismantling gender inequality, UN Women continues to work with cultural ambassadors and to highlight the arts as a powerful means to effect positive change for women and men and boys and girls”, declared Alison McLean, Representative, UN Women Multi-Country Office Caribbean. “UN Women is delighted to partner with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Institute of Gender Development and Studies of the St. Augustine Campus of the UWI through a focus on The Power of Women in Film – documenting, highlighting and recognising the powerful role female filmmakers play in advancing social change through challenging mainstream narratives, re-shaping public perceptions and providing a vehicle for the voices of women and girls to be heard.”

Annabelle Alcazar, programme director at the ttff, added: “Women filmmakers are crucial participants in the social forces that shape our culture. Their portrayal of women as three-dimensional, complex human beings, defies the demeaning and pervasive stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream.”

Also commenting, Dr Gabrielle Hosein, Head of IGDS, St Augustine stressed: “More female driven content in film and on TV breaks stigmas and conveys modern female responsibility and power, opens the door to social change and leads to greater respect for women. In light of recent events and a global subculture laden with misogyny and misconception, it’s important to bring more humanity back to women and more visibility to women in film.”

Supported for 3 years by the ACPCultures+ Programme, the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities. 

22 – 24 September, Hyatt Regency, Trinidad


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August 30, 2017
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