Broadway, 14 – 18 Broad Street, Nottingham, England, NG1 3AL
Read Jemma Desai on the power of women’s correspondence in ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T.
The screening will be followed by a discussion chaired by CDF’s So Mayer, featuring critic Christina Newland and Sophia Ramcharan (Broadway Audience Development and Diversity Engagement Officer).
One Sings, The Other Doesn’t. Directed by Agnès Varda, France, 1977, 104 mins[Click on the film title for more summer 2018 UK screening dates]
When Agnès Varda made One Sings, the Other Doesn’t, her folk-pop abortion musical, in 1977, abortion was only two years legal in France – thanks to the Veil law, for which Varda herself had taken to the streets.
Charting the personal and political (and fashion) changes in two French women’s lives from the early 1960s to the mid-70s, One Sings is a joyous feminist anthem for the right to choose in all things, embroidered smocks included.
Pauline (aka Pomme) sings, travelling the country to perform feminist songs, while Suzanne (who doesn’t sing), her childhood friend – whom Pauline helped fund an illegal abortion – runs a women’s health clinic. Even rarer than a film that demystifies activism, abortion, and breastfeeding is one where a constant female friendship, tender and intelligent, braids the narrative beautifully together.
With the support of the Independent Cinema Office and BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.