Surplus Cinema


Surplus Cinema

films talks workshop
23 NOV — 25 NOV

A three-day film and workshop program by filmmakers using a feminist decolonizing lens, exploring Greece in relation to global contexts.

Surplus Cinema invites us to convene around contemporary films made by women and non-binary artists working within or near the Greek context. The programme shares intergenerational herstory, interrogations of the tourist gaze, social and environmental activism, collectively authored cinema and works that work towards decolonizing archives and memories.

The title “Surplus Cinema” is inspired by Dimitra Kotouza’s book Surplus Citizens (2019) which analyses the ‘superfluousness of subordinate classes’ within the context of the Greek ‘crisis’, alongside the transformative and subversive potential of collective action. Surplus means beyond the dominant or acceptable ways of being, living and making.

In many of the films there is an opening, through the margins, of national identity that redefines stale notions of peoples or narratives in this small border region, between east and west, so often used as a pillar to define (and exclude from) the ‘European’. Surplus Cinema questions this very pillar by asking: How can feminist diasporic filmmaking operate as a gesture of unweaving oppressions to create spaces of non-hierarchical solidarity and healing? How can camera work be care work?

Through humour, sisterhoods, afro confessions, queer joy, interviews, ritual, handmade audiovisual pleasure in looking at the overlooked, this program seeks to question what is considered as contemporary ‘Greek Cinema’. Surplus Cinema aims to highlight lived – unresolved, diasporic, wished - experiences.

The program for this first iteration of Surplus Cinema is conceived by Christina Phoebe, Elli Vassalou, Maria Christoforidou, Rabab El Mouadden and Geli Mademli.

Full programme coming soon.