Filming the Absent Mother

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research in collaboration with Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics)
Saturday 14 June 2014   9.30pm – 5.45pm  Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
This symposium is designed around the juxtaposition of two films, both about the disappearance of the director’s mother: Liseli Marazzi when Alina was 7, Clotilde Vautier when Mariana was 5. Neither child was told anything about the circumstances of her mother’s death. Using differing aesthetic strategies, both films investigate the mother’s life and, in the process of unraveling the mystery of her disappearance, reveal social and psychosocial problems  and issues that continue to be relevant for feminism. But the directors also use cinema and narration to address their own loss, creating a moving and emotional, as well as a historical and political, dialogue between the two films.
ScreeningHistoire d’un secret (Mariana Otero 2003) and Un’ora sola ti vorrei (Alina Marazzi 2002)
Q&A with the directorsMariana Otero and Alina Marazzi
Panel discussions about the cinematic and the social significance of the films.
Panel A: Political and Psychoanalytic Context
Speakers: Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck), Lesley Caldwell (UCL), Andrew Asibong (Birkbeck)
Chair: Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck)
Panel B: Aesthetics of Cinema and Narration
Speakers: Marlène Monteiro (Birkbeck), Emma Wilson (Cambridge)
Chair: Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck)
This event is free and open to all, but booking is essential – book your place here

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