ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In 2011, Mujeres en Foco to be held in Buenos Aires City. Its main purpose is to create a place of commitment to raise sensitivity and awareness about women’s human rights in Latin America and the entire world. The aim is to put women on focus, and to create –through audio-visual language– a meeting and exchange place that will enable society as a whole to play an active role in the different problems faced by women in every continent.
The International Film Festival for gender equality constitutes a key place to make exchanges and contributions on multiple cultural practices and realities, as it provides a setting for meeting, articulation and dissemination. In this sense, the festival proposal is not limited to audio-visual projections. It also includes the development of educational workshops and other activities that set a context for discussion and for the creation of networks encouraging proposals, projects and practices on gender issues (See Complementary Activities). We aim at compiling audiovisual materials that can be distributed across different organizations beyond the festival’s limited time and space. This way, the idea is to build a practice “from the inside”, which means working hand-in-hand with women, men, institutions and organizations in a joint articulation and construction process that enables us to consider communication as an education and exchange tool and practice enhancing the production of new meanings.
Mujeres en Foco are women who focus on women and their history of vulnerability and reaffirmation of rights, and try to get other eyes to look into this matter too. Developing a film festival from a gender’s perspective implies establishing a communication way that is essential to reveal and condemn the unfair conditions and problems endured by women and also to speak about the resistance of many of them, who try to build other possible worlds by developing different social realities, cultural experiences, or ways of organization.
Our mission: To encourage the production and dissemination of audio-visual material committed to women’s rights by creating a space where the different society sectors can actively communicate and participate in order to encourage the implementation of public policies which ensure their rights are respected.
Submission is open to any person, regardless their sex, age, nationality, etc. The only specific requirement is that film content is approached by a gender perspective and fits within one of the festival’s categories (see Sections below).