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Cinenova: The Work We Share – Programme 4
Institute of Contemporary Arts
May 2022
Women of the Rhondda, dirs. Esther Ronay, Mary Kelly, Mary Capps, Humphrey Trevelyan, Margaret Dickinson, Brigid Seagrave & Susan Shapiro, UK 1972, 20 min., English


This final programme of The Work We Share, showcasing 10 newly digitised films from the Cinenova collection, features two short documentaries dealing with working class women’s experiences in Italy and the UK during the 1970s.

School Without End (1983) focuses on an extraordinary group of Italian women enrolled in Adult Education. A collaboration between filmmaker Adriana Monti and the students, the film is constructed as a place of communion and conviviality where women meet, eat and laugh, and talk about their lives. More than formal education, the course offered them a place removed from their routine, where they encountered each other, to reflect about class and society, to discover their own potential and the importance of becoming oneself.

Women of the Rhondda (1972) is a collectively directed film, composed of interviews with women from the Rhondda Valley coal mining community in South Wales, who speak about the experience of growing up and living in mining families during the first half of the twentieth century. These are stories of poverty, appalling working and living conditions, narrated with impressive sharpness and judgement, and demonstrating an acute awareness of the need for political organisation. 

The screening will be followed by a conversation with London-based artist, curator, educator and occasional DJ Barby Asante.
Programme:

School Without End (Scuola senza fine), dir. Adriana Monti, Italy 1983, 40 min., Italian with English subtitles

Women of the Rhondda, dirs. Esther Ronay, Mary Kelly, Mary Capps, Humphrey Trevelyan, Margaret Dickinson, Brigid Seagrave & Susan Shapiro, UK 1972, 20 min., English

Conversation with Barby Asante
 
04:30 pm
Sun, 20 Mar 2022
Cinema 1
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