CRAFT WOMEN: IT’S NOT ABOUT REWRITING HISTORY, IT’S ABOUT HIGHLIGHTING THE FORGOTTEN PARTS OF IT.
History has always had areas that get overshadowed and neglected. From when we are taught it, we often learn about military history, and so, military history made by men. Therefore, it can seem that history is male. Of course, there is diverse and female history that has also influenced society and modern civilisation a great deal more than we think.
Women Film Pioneers is a project developed by Columbia University in New York that aims to rescue, within the world of cinema, those women who were great filmmakers or who had a great influence on the world of cinema from the beginning to the present day. It is not a project that aims to rewrite the history of cinema, but rather exmphasize that many women have worked in the film industry and been ignored and forgotten over time.
Mark Cousins, after extensive research and documentation, has made a 14-hour documentary titled ‘Women Make film’ with the same meaning: not to rewrite the history of cinema, but to expose the part that is sometimes missed, the female part in the industry. It can still seem like a patriarchal world nowadays in 2020, albeit in a more subtle way.
At Craft we have dedicated – from our beginnings as a festival – a section to those women who are dedicated to making movies, who are part of the industry, who write about and for this artform, who do not rewrite history but rather try to bring the parts of the industry that get ignored to the forefront of our awareness.
If you’re a filmmaker, we’re looking forward to seeing your film. Let’s try to show what’s so often hidden from the film industry.
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