Terra Femme is an essay film comprised of amateur travelogues filmed by women in the1920s-1950s. With a score by Sarah Davachi, the film weaves between geographical essay, personal inquiry, and historical speculation, examining these films as both private documents and accidental ethnographies. The films present a new type of traveler: no longer a male seeker of conquests, she might be a divorcee on a tour of biblical gardens, or a widow on a cruise to the North Pole. Representing the world through women’s eyes, the films raise questions about female representation in the archive, the role of amateurism in early non-fiction filmmaking, and the politics of the Western gaze. At once a film about longing for past worlds through cinematic excavation, this force flows in both directions: as women from the past search for self-making in the act of observing.
The screening on Friday 14th is followed by a conversation about The Colonial Gaze, in Vega Foajé.
A conversation between filmmaker Courtney Stephens, C.S Nicholson, Tonje Bøe Birkeland and Luanda Carneiro Jacoel