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WOMEN FILM WOMEN – A WEAPON OF EMPOWERMENT
MONDAY, OCT 29 - TUESDAY, OCT 30
The workshop Women Film Women – A Weapon of Empowerment will examine film as one of the most powerful tools of female self-determination. This hands-on two-day workshop (from 2 to 6 pm on both days) is geared primarily towards those closely involved in the film industry, especially experienced and aspiring filmmakers, and to those interested in documentation such as journalism students.
The Austrian documentary filmmaker Alexandra Schneider will present documentaries directed by women that focus on women and suppressed minorities – a focal point of her work –, all the while paying close attention to sensitive topics that merit consideration when using documentaries as a voice for those whose cries remain unheard. In doing so, she will draw on her experiences filming four women in Egypt, where she was assisted by an exclusively female crew.
Schneider will also address how to avoid further stigmatization and stereotyping, as well as how to cope with a filmmaker’s responsibility towards the film’s protagonists after finishing shooting. Moreover, workshop participants will investigate whether one can speak of a genuinely "female" language of film by scanning a wide range of approaches in cinema, as evidenced by both Austrian and US documentaries made by female filmmakers.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Alexandra Schneider was born in the late seventies in Switzerland and grew up in southern Germany, the United States, Denmark, and eventually in Austria. She completed a master’s degree in Comparative Social Studies in Maastricht, Netherlands, later working as a social worker and gender mainstreaming expert in Vienna for five years. In 2006 Schneider started studying film at the State Academia of Film in Vienna under the esteemed filmmakers and professors Michael Haneke and Peter Patzak. Since 2008 Schneider has been filming and working in the film business worldwide. She is the director of award-winning documentaries such as Young, Female, Egyptian or Tante Baum as well as editor of various awarded documentaries such as Fahrtwind, Der Zornige Buddha, Project Superwoman or Unser Kampf.