Participant Bios for CdF x BETWEEN US WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED
Grace Barber-Plentie is a London-based freelance film writer and programmer with a focus on the works of Black women directors, representations of the fat body and, whenever possible, the oeuvre of Barbra Streisand.
Maria Cabrera is a film programmer dedicated to celebrating the stories of Black and Latin American people, using film as a tool for creating spaces of discussion within communities and to unearth personal identities and histories. Maria is the co-founder of Reel Good Film Club (no longer active) and has coordinated programming and filmmaking initiatives with Barbican, Creative Skillset, LAWRS, and has delivered talks and hosted discussions at The Whitechapel Gallery, British Film Institute, Queen Mary University and ICA London.
Ufuoma Essi is a video artist and filmmaker from Lewisham, South East London. She works predominantly with film and moving image as well as photography and sound.
Her work explores intersectional themes of race, gender, class and sexuality. The archive forms an essential medium for her as an artist and it’s through explorations with the archive that she aims to interrogate and disrupt the silences and gaps of the historical narrative. By using the archive as a process of unlearning and discovery she seeks to re-centre the marginalised histories of the Black Atlantic and specific histories of black women. Drawing from a range of influences including black popular culture, films, music, historical texts and black feminist theory from writers such as Claudia Jones to Daphne A Brooks. Within Ufuoma’s work she seeks to examine the historical and contemporary links between the Black Atlantic and she is particularly interested in exploring the production of Black images and interrogating how they are presented.
Ufuoma’s films have been screened and exhibited at institutions, galleries and film festivals in the UK and abroad such as the Barbican Centre, South London Gallery, MOCA Los Angeles, Croydon Art Store, Chisenhale Studios, Onion City Experimental Film + Video Festival and Black Star Film Festival.
She is also member of the Black and POC women and non-binary artist collective Narration Group based at the South London Gallery.
Javie Huxley is a British-Chilean illustrator based in London, and a campaigner and trustee for Save Latin Village. Following her MA in Children’s Literature & Illustration, she has been an editorial illustrator for magazines such as gal-dem and Shado. She loves using art as advocacy, regularly exploring themes like identity and social justice in her work.
Onyeka Igwe (part of B.O.S.S. Collective) is an artist filmmaker, programmer and researcher. She is born and based in London, UK. In her non-fiction, video work, Onyeka uses dance, voice, archive and text to expose a multiplicity of narratives. The work explores the physical body and geographical place as sites of cultural and political meaning.
B.O.S.S. Collective are: Adae, Deborah Findlater, Evan Ifekoya, Gin Resis’Dance, Jlte, Hakeem Kazeem, Marcus Macdonald, Mellowdramatics, Mwen, Naeem Davis, Natasha Nkonde, Onyeka Igwe, Shenece Oretha, Phoebe Collings-James, Shy One, Sad Queers Club (sqc) and Shamica.
Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally including Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2017, Kwani? and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction. She was presented at the London Short Story Festival by Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri as a dynamic talent and featured in the Evening Standard Magazine as one of London’s exciting new authors. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular, published by Jacaranda Books was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her new collection of stories, Nudibranch, published by Little Brown’s Dialogue Books was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and the story, Grace Jones, won the 2020 AKO Caine Prize For Fiction. www.irenosenokojie.com. Find her on Twitter: @IrenosenOkojie.
Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer, organiser and Stuart Hall Foundation scholar from London. Her work focuses on the uses of the feminist imagination and its relationship to political demands and futurity. She is author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power (2020), and a member of ‘bare minimum’, an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.
Pratibha Parmar is an award-winning filmmaker, recognized as a pioneering, unique artist who brings a passionate commitment to making films with integrity and illuminating untold stories. Pratibha has directed award winning documentary films for BBC, Channel 4, PBS and European broadcasters. Her credits include Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth, a feature length documentary on the life of Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover and Quincy Jones. The film garnered several awards including the Jury Award at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Pratibha directed the ground-breaking film Khush, one of the first films to give visibility to and highlight the experiences of LGBT people in India. Pratibha made her debut as a narrative director with her award winning film, Nina’s Heavenly Delights.
Pratibha made her US debut as a director of scripted television in 2019 when she was invited by Ava DuVernay to direct an episode of Queen Sugar, executive produced by Ava DuVernay & Oprah Winfrey for OWN/Warner Brothers.
A globally recognised filmmaker and human rights activist, Pratibha’s accomplishments have been recognized with multiple awards. In 2017 Pratibha was awarded the ICON award presented by Bagari London Indian Film Festival in Association with the British Film Institute for Outstanding Contribution to Indian and World Cinema. In 2016 she was included in the BBC’s list of 100 inspirational and influential women. She is the proud recipient of the Frameline Film Festival Award, presented to an individual who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to lesbian and gay media.
Pratibha’s current film is a hybrid documentary feature film on the controversial feminist writer Andrea Dworkin titled, My Name Is Andrea, featuring Amandla Stenberg, Soko, Ashley Judd, Andrea Riseborough and Patti LuPone. The film is supported by the Sundance Institute and Fork Films amongst others. Gloria Steinem & Eve Ensler are Executive Producers.
Pratibha is author and editor of several published books and has been a Visiting Artist to Stanford University in the Theatre & Performance Studies Department. She is currently a Professor in the Film Program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.
Parmar is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Film Fatales (SF) and a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Rhea Storr is an artist filmmaker who explores the representation of Black and mixed race cultures. Masquerade as a site of protest or subversion is an ongoing theme in her work. So too, is the effect of place or space on cultural representation. On occasion she draws on her own rural upbringing, and British Bahamian identity. Rhea Storr often works in 16mm film; she considers that analogue film might be useful to Black artists, both in the aesthetics it creates and the production models it facilitates. She considers the ways in which images fail us or are resistive.
Recent screenings include Filmforum MOCA, Los Angeles, Antimatter Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, EMAF, Berwick Film and Media Artist Festival, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Kassel Doc Fest, Alternative Film and Video Festival, Serbia, Alchemy Film and Media Art Festival (programmer) and National Museum of African American History and Culture. Recent exhibitions include Somerset House and Artist Film International (including Whitechapel Gallery London, Bonniers Konsthall, Sweden and Istanbul Modern). She is the winner of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2020 and the inaugural Louis Le Prince Experimental Film Prize.
Club des Femmes are a queer feminist collective. We curate film screenings and events. Our mission is to offer an open space for the re-examination of ideas through art. In the age of the soundbite, Club des Femmes is a much needed open platform for a more radical contextualisation and forward-looking future vision: a chance to look beyond the mainstream.
Selina Robertson and Sarah Wood founded the collective in 2007. The collective now includes Jenny Clarke, So Mayer and Alex Thiele.