Being Ruby Rich: The Holy Girl (La niña santa) + Girl Power
Monday, 26th June, 6:30pm, The Lexi Cinema
This programmes of two films reflects the seminal influence of film critic, activist, feminist B. Ruby Rich, and Sophie Mayer and Maria Cabrera will introduce the event. “Desire lives in such memories, alongside truths and pleasures and yearning”, wrote Rich on the work of Sadie Benning, and Lucretia Martel’s second feature shares the evocative terrain of queer girlhood, sounding out the revolutionary power of girls.
The Holy Girl (La niña santa)
Dir. Lucretia Martel, Argentina/Italy/Netherlands/Spain 2004, 106mins
Argentinian schoolgirls Amalia (the titular ‘holy girl’) and Josephina whisper their rumours, prayers and kisses against a backdrop of grown-up secrets and seductions that conjures the oppressions of dictatorship.
+ Girl Power
Dir. Sadie Benning, US, 1992, 15mins, video presentation
A teenage Benning invented Girl Power long before the Spice Girls. Wielding her Fisher-Price Pixelvision camera, she confesses, poses and roars, queering Hollywood icons to give voice to her politics and desires.
A Club des Femmes and Barbican collaboration, in association with Birkbeck College.
Event supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub