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Barbican: Being Ruby Rich

Housed within London’s premier cultural centre, Barbican Cinema, in collaboration with Club des Femmes and in association with Birkbeck College, is delighted to announce Being Ruby Rich – a unique series of screenings and events hosted by feminist writer, critic and academic B. Ruby Rich. Author of the seminal New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut and Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement, Rich has always been a respected cinematic voice unafraid to challenge, celebrate and provoke debate around the representation of women and queer identity on screen.

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Being Ruby Rich

The season includes the London premiere of Yance Ford’s acclaimed new documentary Strong Island, panel discussions, plus a keynote speech from B. Ruby Rich herself. Being Ruby Rich is supported by Film Hub London and managed by Film London: proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery and part of Film in Focus.

One Way or Another (De cierta manera) (15*) + keynote presentation by B. Ruby Rich
Thu 22 Jun 6.15pm, Cinema 2
Cuba 1974 Sara Gómez 78 mins (35mm presentation)
When considering cinema in a time of massive upheaval, One Way or Another is a useful touchstone that refuses both political closure and aesthetic assumptions. “Combining humour with documentary-like exposé… De cierta manera… is the first ‘post-revolutionary’ Cuban film,” says B. Ruby Rich of the first feature directed by an (Afro-) Cuban woman. Director Sara Gómez gets to the heart of things, as teacher Yolanda and factory worker Mario confront machismo, racism and the over-development of Miraflores, finding ‘one way or another’ to survive.

One Way or Another
One Way or Another

In honour of ‘Being’ at the Barbican, Rich will consider legacies of her past – feminist film, queer representation, independent and trans-national cinema – in charting ways of being in 2017.

Shorts programme: A Room of Our Own (18*) + Panel discussion
Fri 23 Jun 8.30pm, Cinema 2
Film programme – 87 mins/Panel – 30 mins
In writer and theorist Judith/Jack Halberstam’s In A Queer Time & Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives, ‘queer subjects’ live outside the logic of what Karl Marx dubbed capital accumulation – awake during the hours when others sleep and existing in the physical, metaphysical and economic spaces that others have abandoned. This short film programme travels the parallel histories of the LGBTQ+ community via contemporary moments in the UK and US that highlight the precarity of intersectional queer feminist subjects and spaces. The programme also examines how important alternative spaces are in order for queer and alternative artistic practices and lifestyles to thrive.

The programme includes:
Dir. Sally Potter, UK, 1979, 34mins
Sex, Lies, Religion
Dir. Annette Kennerley, UK, 1994, 7mins
Sticks and Stones: Bambi Lake
Dir. Silas Howard, USA, 2014, 14mins
Lucid Noon, Sunset Blush
Dir. Alli Logout, USA, 2015, 32mins
+ panel discussion chaired by Claire Kurylowski (kuntinuum), with Ben Walters, (writer/campaigner Liv Wynter (Sisters Uncut/WHEREISANAMENDIETA) and Laura Hudson (artist/curator).

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Sex, Lies, Religion

Strong Island (15*) (London Premiere) + Screen Talk with B. Ruby Rich & director Yance Ford (via Skype)
Sat 24 Jun 6pm, Cinema 2
Dir. Yance Ford, USA, 2017, 107mins
Yance Ford’s debut feature is a deeply moving, complex film about a family’s experience of murder, memory, injustice and the institutional racism that continues to pervade America’s legal, social and economic systems. Reminiscent of Errol Morris’ work, Ford delivers an unforgettable investigation into resistant black masculinity, both cisgender and transgender, alongside a heartfelt meditation on raw personal grief.

Strong Island
Strong Island

Round Table: Queer Cinema in the Age of Streaming + panel discussion (15*)
Sun 25 Jun 4pm, Cinema 2
Approx. running time 90 mins
New Queer Cinema started in the film festivals, bars, AIDS protests and ACT UP meetings of the 80s & 90s as a film movement born in public and out of community. Today, community has moved online and viewing takes place in private. Queer Cinema in the Age of Streaming explores what changes aesthetically and politically when ‘films’ – cinema, television, webisodes – are consumed at the level of the individual? This round table takes the form of a speculative inquiry where provocations from the panel set the stage for audience engagement. The Panel includes B. Ruby Rich, Campbell X (Stud Life/Different for Girls) & Kanchi Wichmann (Break My Fall/Mixed Messages), Laura Kirwan-Ashman (Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah) and Simon McCallum (Archive Projects Curator, BFI).

The Holy Girl (La niña santa) (15) + introduction by Sophie Mayer (Club des Femmes)
Sun 25 June 6pm, Cinema 2
Argentina/Italy/Netherlands/Spain 2004 Lucrecia Martel 106 mins (35mm presentation)
“Desire lives in such memories, alongside truths and pleasures and yearning,” wrote B. Ruby Rich on the work of artist Sadie Benning, and Lucrecia Martel’s The Holy Girl shares this evocative terrain of queer girlhood, and a growing awareness of the revolutionary power of girls.
Argentinean schoolgirls Amalia (the titular ‘holy girl’) and Josefina whisper their rumours, prayers and kisses against a backdrop of grown-up secrets and seductions in this adult world where oppressive and restricted freedoms have become the norm.
Girl Power
US 1992 Sadie Benning 15 mins (video)
A teenage Benning invented Girl Power long before the Spice Girls. Wielding her Fisher-Price Pixelvision camera, she confesses, poses and roars, queering Hollywood icons to give voice to her own politics and desires.

Holy Girl
Holy Girl

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