Final Girls Berlin Film Festival June '17 Edition - Page 7

An atmospheric portrait of a lonely woman obsessed with synthetic Nollywood dramas, that lives in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. The central device in this short experimental film is the practise and significance of wig-wearing in Nollywood film; a practise Zina has invested with deeper psychological as well as science-fiction layers. Underpinning this central idea, however, is a critique of the unforgiving treatment of single women in Nollywood and Nigeria and a meditation on loneliness and mental illness. Phyllis (15:40) Written & Directed by Zina Saro-Wiwa, Nigeria, 2010 Disco Inferno (11:21) Directed by Alice Waddington, Spain, 2015 A weary hell minion is on a mission to rescue her boss, where she encounters several hybrid and otherworldly creatures. Saturday, 10 June 2017 14:00 Workshop: Fear is Other People: The Other as Monster Nine Yamamoto-Masson & Nisha Damji The horror genre is typically very gendered and built around variations of recurring tropes. Women are portrayed as weak, innocent, preyed upon, or, when wronged, as the source of mayhem, violence and destruction. The main characters that the viewer is directed to empathize with are either the woman-victim or the man-hero – and both are usually white. People of color are routinely either absent or appear as very minor background characters. When they do play a more significant part in the narrative, they are often one-dimensional and reduced to racist tropes such as the “mythical Black man” or the “Native American burial ground” motif. In this workshop, Nine and Nisha invite you to explore and deconstruct the treatment of race and gender in mainstream US horror – and probe its repressed political psychology.