Third edition of Purple Meridians takes place in Durango
The third edition of the Purple Meridians 2023 will this year take place in Durango.
The third edition of the Purple Meridians 2023, winner of the Gender Equality sponsorship by Eurimages, this year will have its public and main event at the Durango Book-Music-Cinema Fair today 7 December. Durango is a city in the Basque Country and has been chosen by the organizers of The Purple Meridians to expand even further – as is the purpose of this project – the connections among women filmmakers in Europe and beyond.
The choice of the Basque Country was therefore a ‘natural’ development as Basque filmmakers followed the first two Purple Meridians albeit ‘from a distance’. The program in the Basque Country will be possible thanks to the collaboration with the Durango Book Fair and Suargi Elkartea.
Two main themes would be the focus of this third event: the difficulties, responses, proposals for women in the film industry to conjugate work and care work (maternity, care of children, care of elderly, care of ill partner/family member etc) and for women with disabilities.
These two themes will be discussed in a 2-session conference today.
Two filmmakers directly and most affected by this situation will be leading the discussion, Lisa Calan and Ahu Ozturk. The two filmmakers, both Kurdish, will work with Basque filmmakers (who are exploring these issues in their films and who this year will be presenting a manifesto about ‘care’), as well as with the other filmmakers of The Purple Meridians (from Italy and Catalonia), not only in exposing the problems, but also in proposing answers, keeping in mind that one of the pillars of The Purple Meridians project was creating networks among women filmmakers in different countries.
Internationally awarded Basque actress Itziar Ituño (La Casa de Papel) will also attend the conference. So will Basque director Ainhoa Olaso, Basque writer and journalist Kristina Berasain, Italian director Claudia Tosi, Argentinian scriptwriter and writer Luciana de Mello, Catalan colourist Lara Vilanova and the Post (Film) Collective - Buryatia, Grezia, Syria, Belgium. Palestinian director Mira Sidawi will attend via zoom and so will Rojava director Sevinaz Evdike.
The event is in collaboration with Asociaciò Catalana para la Pau, Zutarri cultural association, IM Film.
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