Screening: 3rd March, 2017 @ 15:00 – St James Cavalier, Valletta
“Attention girls: … Do not try to attract attention by laughing or talking loudly in a public place… Do not exaggerate in the clothes you wear. Boys are very often embarrassed if the girl they are with is wearing too mini a skirt, too much make-up or a dress which is too low cut. – Times of Malta, Friday June 7, 1968”
As an International Woman’s Day event aditus will screen its docu-film Burning Bikinis: Bikinis, Society, Women.
We have been researching and interviewing some amazing women (and men) in an attempt to document the collective memories of women’s movements in Malta from the 1960s up until present day. An almost total absence of public, academic and journalistic records attesting to Maltese female lobbies or organisations led to Antonella and Carla interviewing women, including women active in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and tracing those incidents, events and places that were so important to their struggles.
We spent days at the National Archives in Rabat, trawling through newspaper articles and also spoke to the new generation feminists!
(ph: Emmanuel Tut Rah-Farah, Alessandro Tesei)
All that we have are their voices and their testimony as the living record of those events. This film is a nod to them and to the others that will come.