Dub: Film Screening: Dub: Film Screening: X is for Anonymous & other pro-choice shorts


Making Change with Art and Film: Irish Premiere of ‘X is for Anonymous’ headlines a programme of selected short films and works on Choice followed by a discussion with film-makers and participants facilitated by Katie Gillum, Disposable Film Festival.

Screen for Choice
7.30pm Friday 28th September
Decriminalisation of Abortion Action Global Day 2012
Due to increasing numbers of attendees, we've had to move Screen for Choice to its fancy new home, Filmbase in Temple Bar. So, to recap:

Screen for Choice is a programme of selected films and artworks on the theme of reproductive rights. A new film ‘X is for Anonymous’ about where we stand in Ireland 20 years after the X case ruling will be premiered by student film-makers Heather Browning, Rosi Leonard and Kerry Guinan. The event will also feature short films and excerpts on issues, actions, and ideas about reproductive health and abortion access curated by Katie Gillum, Film-maker and MD of Disposable Film Festival. Gillum will facilitate a discussion with producers, film participants and audience on the context and impact of these works exploring questions such as:
How does criminalised or inaccessible abortion affect political engagement and discourse as demonstrated through these works?
How can art and performance engage communities often inaccessible to political organizing and social movements?
Can art and performance be used as part of strategic social and political movement?

Featured Artists and Film-makers include Heather Ault, Perform for Choice Collective, Paula Geraghty, Anne-Marie Kilshaw, Heather Browning, Rosi Leonard, Kerry Guinan. More TBC

All welcome. Suggested donations €5/€3
Screen for Choice supports March for Choice in Ireland, Dublin 2pm on 29th September 2012

Queries to:

Siobhán Clancy E: info@siobhanclancy.com
Heather Browning E: productionsrhk@gmail.com


About ‘X is for Anonymous’: X is for Anonymous was created by three Dublin students - Heather Browning, Kerry Guinan and Rosi Leonard. Born during the era of the X Case, these student filmmakers interrogate why the government have failed in their duty to another generation, and whether the next generation can hope for this much anticipated legislation.

X is for Anonymous offers an account of abortion in Ireland from a legal and historical perspective. The documentary also hopes to describe in some way a particular sense of national identity rooted in religion, and how that identity is often perpetuated at the cost of women's rights. Key contributors include Senator Ivana Bacik, Professor Fiona de Londras, Frank Crummey, Clare Daly TD, Fiona Hyde, Nadine O’Regan, Katie Gillum as well as a number of pro-choice activists.

About Katie Gillum: Filmmaker and researcher, Katie Gillum has worked since 2007 with the pro-choice community in Ireland producing awareness-raising and lobbying film for the ongoing campaign to de-criminalise and de-stigmatise abortion. As Managing Director of the Disposable Film Festival, she runs the Health Film Create-a-thon and started the Lights, Camera, Social Action program to facilitate activists and advocates in using low-cost, nonprofessional equipment to tell their stories and create change. Katie teaches media production and literacy internationally, ran research and strategy at Mule Design Studio from 2009-2012, and writes about gender, healthcare, and feminism.

About Siobhán Clancy: Siobhán Clancy’s practice explores models of socialization that impact on individual wellbeing in contexts of health, disability, education and young people. ‘Perform for Choice’ is a performative action coordinated by Clancy in collaboration with choreographer Cathy O’Kennedy and released on video as part of a programme of creative actions for Decriminalisation of Abortion Global Day 2012. This is her first time working in this context. In the past, her work has been supported through the Artist In the Community Scheme by The Arts Council and managed by Create (2009) and also by Dublin City Council Arts Act Grant (2010). She has been awarded residencies with ‘Art at Work’ (2010), Helium Children’s Arts in Health (2009-2011) and Disposable Film Festival, USA (2012). Clancy is currently studying a Masters in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism at NUIM.

This event curated by Katie Gillum is supported by Irish Choice Network and RAG in collaboration with film-makers Heather Browning, Rosi Leonard, Kerry Guinan and artist Siobhán Clancy as part of a programme of Creative Actions for Decriminalisation of Abortion Global Action Day 2012. 

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