Home Manchester to hold International Women’s Weekender

Home Manchester will celebrate women in cinema

Home Manchester will host an International Women’s Weekender to mark International Women’s Day 2019 in March.  The event forms part of the venue’s year-long Celebrating Women in Global Cinema programme running through 2019.

Home’s International Women’s Weekender takes place from 8-10 March and features a series of special events for all ages.

What’s on at Home Manchester’s International Women’s Weekender?

On Friday 8 March, The Kindergarten Teacher and Maiden will both open at Home Manchester.  The two new cinema releases feature female-focussed stories.  Maiden is the inspirational story of the first ever all-female sailing crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race, previously an exclusively masculine endeavour; and The Kindergarten Teacher is Sara Colangelo’s Sundance award-winning second-feature starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.  The Kindergarten Teacher will feature a special introduction from Dr Kirsty Fairclough of the University of Salford, who looks at popular culture and gender representation.  They will be accompanied by a special #WomenatHome Party and DJ set in the Downstairs Bar from Mancunian musician and DJ, Katbrownsugar.

On Saturday 9 March, HOME will host a full-day film course, open to all, exploring the work of inspirational female filmmaker Ida Lupino. From Hollywood star to a pioneering director and producer who took on the male-dominated Hollywood studio system, Lupino worked on more than 130 films and television programmes from 1931-1978 and was the first woman to direct a film noir (The Hitch-Hiker). The event includes a full screening of her 1949 feature Never Fear (aka The Young Lovers).

On Sunday 10 March, Home host a free event for all ages and genders.  Showing that feminism isn’t just for grown-ups, Home’s Feminists of the Future Craft and Storytelling Event will include Suffragette sash-making with Mighty Heart Theatre and tales from Elena Favilli’s inspiring Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls alongside colouring and letter-writing stations plus a dressing up box and obligatory photobooth! Meanwhile in the cinemas, film fans can pay homage to the ultimate female heroine Ellen Ripley, in a 40th anniversary screening of Alien followed by a post-screening discussion on ‘Women in Sci-Fi’ led by Dr Amy Chambers, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at MMU.

The weekend is rounded off with a screening of Song of Lahore.  The movie, presented in association with London Indian Film Festival, is co-directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan’s first Academy Award Winner, alongside Andy Schocken.  Songs of Lahore follows the dramatic journey of a group of Pakistani classical musicians whose unexpected jazz album brings international acclaim but who struggle to find an audience back home in a society roiled by social and religious upheaval.

When is Home Manchester’s International Women’s Weekender?

Home’s International Women’s Weekender runs from 8-10 March 2019.

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