Feminist Film Manifestos IX

Riot Grrrl: Girls to the front!


Program elaborated together with  Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid and Filmoteca de València

November 9, 10 and 11 at the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid)

January 12, 13, 14, 2024 at the CCCB (Barcelona)

From February 6 to 16, 2024 at the Filmoteca (Valencia)

“BECAUSE us girls crave records and books and fanzines that speak to US, that WE feel included in and can understand in our own ways (…) BECAUSE I believe, with my wholeheartmindbody, that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can and will change the world for real”.

Riot Grrrl Manifesto
Fanzine Bikini Kill no. 2 (1992)


The 1990s saw the emergence of the Riot Grrrl movement, born out of a growl of rage and a rebellion made up of creators who’d been expelled and excluded from the underground movement. The works by these artists emerged with particular force in music and self-publishing with strongly politicised and collectively produced creations. However, the movement barely touched cinema, a medium considered by these creators to be elitist, meritocratic and masculinised. Nevertheless, some female auteurs devoted themselves to creating debauched filmographies that embraced the energies of punk and mocked the institution of cinema. The Riot Grrrl film movement draws on the rebelliousness of filmmakers who use the avant-garde to push the boundaries of conventional cinematographic language and imagine new ones. In turn, the movement’s influence continues to be felt in many current creations – but what’s the panorama like for feminist amateur filmmaking today? Is it still roaring with rage?

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