A conversation on the intersections of Gender, Race, and Identity in the Film Industry
Intersectional Film is a panel discussion of artists and professionals in the creative industries that maps our understanding of how intersectionality is represented in the film and television industry, the challenges facing filmmakers incorporating intersectioanlity into their practice, and what we envision for the future of intersectional representation in film.
Tuesday 7 March, 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Intersectionality: “Intersectionality is an analytic sensibility, a way of thinking about identity and its relationship to power. Originally articulated on behalf of black women, the term brought to light the invisibility of many constituents within groups that claim them as members, but often fail to represent them. Intersectional erasures are not exclusive to black women. People of color within LGBTQ movements; girls of colour in the fight against the school-to-prison pipeline; women within immigration movements; trans women within feminist movements; and people with disabilities fighting police abuse — all face vulnerabilities that reflect the intersections of racism, sexism, class oppression, transphobia, able-ism and more. Intersectionality has given many advocates a way to frame their circumstances and to fight for their visibility and inclusion.” - Kimberlé Crenshaw
Over the past 18 years, Dionne Walker has been curating and producing debate series and independent film projects. She previously worked as one of London's location coordinators and help facilitate major blockbusters such as The Mummy Returns and V for Vendetta. With The Hard Stop, which she wrote and produced, Walker delved into the hugely controversial 2011 killing of Londoner Mark Duggen at the hands of the police, an act of violence that sparked some of the worst civil unrest in recent British history, helping research and develop the project as a hybrid film that combined observational material with constructed reality sequences and news archives. It had its world premiere in Toronto before releasing in U.K. cinemas, and on Netflix in the U.S., over the summer.