Cinema series in celebration of Argentina’s women filmmakers launches at Expo 2020


DUBAI, – An Argentinian cinema series focusing on women filmmakers and directors launched on Sunday at Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai, bringing people together to discuss their personal perspectives.
Introducing the event, titled Women Behind the Camera, hosted by the Argentina Pavilion, Jorge Agustin Molina Arambarri, Ambassador of Argentina to the UAE, said: “The idea of the series is not just to show the outstanding works of four Argentine women directors, but to discuss and give insight about their experiences and perspectives as women in the film or television industry.”
Emirati filmmaker Mariam Al Serkal, Head of Majid TV, said: “Being a mum of triplets and heading this enormous legacy of a brand that started in 1979 with a magazine and a TV station, which is now on a fully-fledged platform, while still following my passion of film projects ….is a juggle every single day.
“I wouldn’t say there is a balance. It’s just a juggle every single day – you’re always guilty as a mum, because you’re expected, as a woman to raise your kids as if you don’t have a job; and you’re expected to work, as if you don’t have kids. I think this is a problem everyone faces around the world.”
Joining virtually, Cinthia Rajschmir, director and co-writer of Cortázar & Antín: Illuminated Letters, which will be screened at Terra on Wednesday, 22 December, said: “For me, the challenge of being a woman film director is related to my past as a student and the ability to find funding for projects due to the way the world sees gender, which has meant a certain point of view dictates what stories are told and how they are told.”
Emirati filmmaker and film executive Hana Kazim, said: “At Image Nation [Abu Dhabi], at least 60 percent of our staff is female. I think the reason why our industry is predominately female, specifically in the media industry, is because most parents encourage their sons to go into jobs that are more economically sustainable.
“A lot of females are not expected to continue their career and are encouraged to study whatever they feel like so they end up studying media, but not many continue to pursue it into feature films, which is why I am assuming that there are more male than female directors who have completed features in the UAE.”
Silvina Estévez, director of Años Cortos, Días Eternos (Short Years, Eternal Days), which will also be screened as part of the series, said: “Social justice is not possible without gender justice. I started to work as a director in 2014. At that time, I felt that arriving on set as a female director, one had to make double the effort to gain the team’s respect.
“I have recently finished filming a documentary about Latin American feminism for which I choose to work with 100 percent female team. Taking this kind of position will help the gender gap, and it was a very rich experience – it was wonderful to have the safe space. We need to rethink, not just gender equality, but also how we want to work as a team.”


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