Women breaking stereotypes. Women fostering close relations. Women who seek, create, fight, observe the world and are constantly observed by it.
In the programme of six feature - length documentaries included in the sinemateka.lt platform, various portraits of women are revealed: their differing social roles, different representation strategies. The programme presents the experimental anthropological film Portraits of Ourselves (Lith. Mūsų portretai, 1994) by Karla Gruodis and Laima Kiškūnė, which looks at women from the perspective of other young women. The film Julia (2012) by Johanna Jackie Baier focuses on the life of a transsexual from Klaipėda working as a prostitute. Two complex family – and also directors’ personal – portraits are depicted in Lida, Vanda, Liusia (2014) by Julija Zubavičienė and Liebe Oma, Guten Tag! (Lith. Močiute, Guten Tag!, 2017) by Vilma Samulionytė and Jūratė Samulionytė. Finally, the stories of creative work of women artists are captured in the films I am Katya Golubeva (Lith. Aš esu Katia Golubeva, 2016) by Natalija Ju and Nijolė (2018) by Sandro Bozzolo.
The programme, which is based on the first book on feminist film studies in the Lithuanian language, i.e. the collection In Focus: Women in Lithuanian Cinema (Lith. Fokuse: moterys Lietuvos kine, printed by the publishing house LAPAS) edited by Natalija Arlauskaitė and Lina Kaminskaitė, poses a question – what kind of woman do Lithuanian documentaries turn to and how do Lithuanian documentaries speak of women following the restoration of independence?
The programme “In Focus: Women in Documentaries” was organised in cooperation with the publishing house LAPAS, Meno avilys, Lithuanian Shorts and LRT. Programme screening was supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre.