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Dorien van Linge’s IFFR tips

What are festival insiders, tastemakers and creatives most looking forward to at the upcoming edition of IFFR? We askedjournalist, DJ and feminist Dorien van Linge, author of Feminist Fataal.

Lydia Lunch – The War Is Never Over
Beth B shot this documentary about her peer and fellow underground icon Lydia Lunch, who is still passionately fighting patriarchy.

Why?
“I’m looking forward to this documentary about the American musician, poet, writer, actress and all-round punk personality Lydia Lunch. I know her mainly from her music – I love her track Spooky. Lunch is seen as one of the inspirations for the New York punk movement Riot Grrrl. I’m fascinated by that whole movement. When I lived in New York for a while, I read all their zines (home-made political magazines) in the library. Lunch is loud, honest and controversial, and I certainly don’t always agree with her – but I’m very keen to know which sides of her we’ll see.”

Shut Up Sona
Singer Sona Mohapatra is insulted, sued and threatened, yet continues to fight for women's rights on and off stage.

Why?
“In this film, the main character – singer Sona Mohapatra – is labelled crazy, dangerous and subversive. In her music and performances, she fights against sexism and the patriarchy. She sounds pretty badass, and I hope people like her never shut their mouths.”

 

Talk: Sex & Power in Visual Language
How have directors such as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Sofia Coppola depicted women, and what influence does this have on how we think?

Why?
“Illustrated by film clips from work by Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Sofia Coppola, among others, filmmaker Nina Menkes will discuss the way images of women are formed. How women are filmed, from what angles, in what kind of light, what kind of clothes they have on; all of this contributes to how we as a society look at women. Look out for this: hardly ever does a camera slowly scan along a man’s body – but with women it’s absolutely standard. Likewise in books, the external appearance of women is often minutely described – particularly in the case of women of colour – while this seems to be much less relevant in the case of men. I find it fascinating how these kinds of stylistic decisions contribute to sexual intimidation and discrimination, and I think we should all be much more aware of this.”

Black to Techno
Techno, a futuristic sound falling into the legacy of Black music, but not often celebrated as such. Featuring cameos from Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Detroit and Berlin.

Why?
“Nigerian-British artist and director Jenn Nkiru is a supercool person. Her Black to Techno is a visual masterpiece with a very important message: that we have to recognise the black roots of electronic music. This is a theme that’s always played a major role in her work; her first film En Vogue was about New York ballroom and vogueing culture. And, oh yeah; let’s not forget that Nkiru was second director on the video clip of Apeshit by Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Starstruck!”

Photo in header: Dorien van Linge © Willemieke Kars