Film-colloquium Week of Gender, Equality and Diversity
The Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), in the framework of the 50th anniversary of the institution, celebrates, between November 19 and 25, the Week of Gender, Equality and Diversity.
On the occasion of these days today, Wednesday 21 November, the cinema-colloquium has started in the Social Hall of the Student’s House with the documentary Volar, directed by Bertha Gaztelumendi. This documentary has been presented at the San Sebastian Film Festival (2017) and sponsored by Emakunde.
The cycle will end tomorrow, Thursday 22 with the screening of Guerriller @ S at 4:00 p.m., a documentary directed by Montse Pujantell, awarded at the main transgender film festivals.
VOLAR – Synopsis
Nine women, with a past of gender violence, share a weekend in the countryside, far from their daily lives. They are women of different ages and professions but able to recognize each other without the need for words. They are united by the courage of having faced the hell of that violence, of having survived and also of wanting to give a meaning to the suffering suffered. And they make available to other women and society their life journey, without any victimization.
Bertha Gaztelumendi – Biography
Bertha Gaztelumendi, journalist and Master in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford (United Kingdom), is currently a researcher hired in the Chair of Human Rights and Public Powers at the University of the Basque Country. He has directed the documentaries Mariposas en el hierro (2012), which gave voice to women victims of different types of violence, Nigar franko egingo zuen aitak (2014), with testimonies about the post-war in Amasa-Villabona and Las buenas empresas (2015), short film co-directed with Nuria Casal.
Guerriller@as – Synopsis
Documentary that raises a reflection about gender identity. From a heterogeneous group of militants by transgender and transgender struggle, the documentary talks about the construction of genres and their “control strategies”. Four guerrillas invite us to think about the subject based on their personal and collective experience.
One of the particularly critical aspects of her struggle is what makes reference to the next revision of the DSM (the diagnosis of mental disorders that govern the psychiatric protocols throughout the world), scheduled for 2013, so that transsexuality is not considered a disorder or a disease, as happened previously with the homosexual collective (considered pathological according to this manual about 30 years ago).
Montse Pujantell – Biography
Montse Pujantell studied Philosophy (University of Barcelona), Film Direction and Script (CECC, Center of Cinematographic Studies of Catalonia), Master of Script for TV and Cinema (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Edition in Avid and Final Cut (Editrain, BCN) She currently works as a documentary maker for different televisions, produces audiovisual content for websites, DVDs and performs locutions for audiovisual pieces, documentaries, etc. She also teaches workshops on communication education (EmotionsxMinute) in various schools and cultural centers in Spain and Colombia with the Banda Visual Cultural Association (www.bandavisual.org), of which she is a partner.