The thought, for example, that the cinema, along with the home and nourishment, is necessary for the reproduction of labour power, is true only in a world which conditions people for the reproduction of their labour power and compels their needs to harmonise with the employer’s interests, namely profit and domination.
— Theodor W. Adorno, ‘Theses on Need’ (1942)
Even if we might, in the crisis, have no choice but to self-organise these reproductive activities — and even though, most likely, abject reproduction will in the end mainly be foisted upon women — we must fight against this process which reinforces gender. We must treat it as it is: a self-organisation of the abject, of what no one else is willing to do.
— Endnotes, ‘The Logic of Gender’ (2013)
‘We have invented ourselves, so to speak, the social contradictions that made our freedom necessary.’ Where invented doesn’t mean made up but found and translated the facts that reveal their dormant political dimension.
— Claire Fontaine, ‘Human Strike Within the Field of Libidinal Economy’ (2009)
it’s a thought about the future. What if there were no more families anymore? Do we actually need them?
— Giorgos Lanthimos interviewed by Larry Rohter
Gendered Labour and Reproduction Strand
29 March 2015
La Noire de … / Black Girl, 1966 (60 mins)
Directed by Ousmane Sembene
+ (short) Peppa Pig: Miss Rabbit’s Day Off
26 April 2015
A Wives’ Tale, 1980 (72 mins)
Directed by Sophie Bissonette
+ shorts from the UK miners’ strike
***Previously in this series***
2 November 2014
Eat Sleep Die 2012 (104 mins)
Directed by Gabriela Pichler, Sweden,
30 November 2014
A Mask if Always Active, 2014 (28 mins)
By Ines Doujak and John Barker
21 December 2014
Death Laid an Egg, 1968
Directed by Gulio Questi
+ Santa Claus Army, 1974
25 January 2015
Roma ore 11.00 1952
Directed by Giuseppe de Santis
shorts by Coronet Instructional Films
22 February 2015
+ (short) Necktie, 2013
Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos
*** Grupo Cine de la Base / Cinema of the Base Argentina May Special ***
31 May 2015
Roma Ore 11.00 + shorts by Coronet Instructional Films
Roma Ore 11 / Rome 11:00 (1952)
Directed by Giuseppe De Santis
Based on a real incident, this is the story of five girls who are among the 200 women who answer an ad for a modest secretarial position one rainy morning in Rome in 1951. They crowd and push their way into the old building and fight their way up the stairs to await an interview, only to be told there is not enough time to interview all candidates. A scuffle breaks out and the stairway collapses sending many of them hurtling down in a mass of bodies amid brick and mortar. Among them are the well-born wife of a poor artist; a streetwalker making an attempt to change her life; an unhappy servant girl; and the desperate wife of an unemployed factory worker. How the event changes or fails to change their lives is told.
I Want to Be a Secretary (1941)
Coronet Instructional Films
Follows a young woman through her clerical training and job search. Shows pre-World War II offices and office workers, primarily women. One of Coronet’s earliest educational films.
The Secretary’s Day (1947)
Coronet Instructional Films
The daily activities of a secretary are compared with those of a stenographer to show the added responsibilities and duties of the secretary.
The Common House
Unit 5E Pundersons Gardens
London E2 9QGT