Words from Festival Director

 

Femture: wèilái de móyàng

 

Pecha LO | Festival Director of the WMWIFF

 

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a grinding halt. Complex and pressing issues challenge our perception of the present and the future. We appear to believe in a linear process of human civilization’ s continuing development. Yet the tiniest little things, like viruses, hold the potential to disrupt our ostensibly sophisticated societies.

 

Suppose people were in fact able to control everything that happens in a world developing in a linear fashion. Then where would all the joy be that we gain from encountering the new and unknown, a universe beyond our imagination? In order to explore how to deal with the novel challenges facing us, Women Make Waves has created the programs Intruder Alert and Memory in Future Tense. We want to ask questions through the moving image. How will we be able to begin a healing process in our collective memory? Will we be able to develop new paths into our future with the help of this memory?

 

The COVID-19 crisis is rife with gender issues. Female leaders are praised for their successes in response to the crisis. Domestic violence has sadly been on the rise under quarantine. Women are doing the lion’ s share of the additional childcare and housework during the pandemic. Misogyny is on the rise again, as a resurgence of patriarchy casts its shadow on our achievements. The so-called "Nth Room" case, the shocking case of cybersex crime earlier this year, is another wake up call. We all are the potential victims of such despicable crimes. 

 

We hope to encourage people to think about the future of women and feminism with our idea of not only making herstory, but making Femture (feminism + future). This year’s visual concept outlines our notion of Femture. It stresses the future’s complexity and delivers an introduction that’s open to interpretation. “The frames represent the world, ethnicity, the family, and the individual. The watch establishes the connection between past, present, and future. It visualizes how people attempt to explore what the future will look like.” No matter if we try to take a peek at the distant future or examine the present, the proposition of Femture is an experiment as much as it is a gamble. We will have to unleash our imagination in order to be able to navigate the axis of past, present, and future.

 

In line with this spirit of experimentation, we want to re-examine our approach to the past. We want to use the past to get a hold of the present and thereby open up new perspectives on the future, too. We have gathered the works of early French Female Pioneers, and we are showing queer films from the pre-Stonewall era. We will discover how female directors from the past imagined the future. This year’ s Master in Focus is Kira Muratova, the Soviet Ukrainian director whose rebellious spirit frequently put her at odds with the authorities. In addition, a number of brilliantly innovative interpretations of female distress and courage await the audience in Proud to Fail. Lastly, the indispensable Taiwan Competition completes this year’s festival program. We hope this year’s broad and diverse program will put a spotlight on our idea of the Taiwanese Femture.