Female sales agents form independent film financing company

Posted Wednesday 24 Oct 2018

Three top French female sales agents and gender equality activists have teamed up to launch Totem Films, a new independent sales collective. Screendaily reports that Agathe Valentin and B�r�nice Vincent are joining forces with cinema finance expert Laure Parleani to create Paris-based sales and financing company Totem Films. The new outfit will handle around 10 titles a year spanning fiction, documentary and animation. However,  "... we won't be aiming for a 50:50 split along gender lines, nor do we want to tie ourselves to a certain genre or story type," Valentin told Screendaily. "That's not our aim. One year, 90% of the films we work with could be directed by women, the next it could 10%� our end game is to reflect the diversity of talent out there."

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Feminism and faith up for debate in Wellington tonight

Posted Wednesday 24 Oct 2018

The first City Gallery Wellington's Contemporary Feminism series panel kicks off tonight in partnership with RNZ, so get to the Gallery to hear Kim Hill chair a panel discussing the topic of 'Feminism and Faith'. The panel will be tackling questions such as, how do feminists reconcile contradictions between feminism and faith? What can religious communities do to support gender equality? And what happens when you lose faith?

The speakers are Saziah Bashir, a freelance journalist commenting on issues of social justice, race, and gender; Caroline Blyth, who lectures in Religious Studies at the University of Auckland; the Reverend Jean Malcolm, Co-Vicar of St Peter's on Willis (Anglican Church), Wellington; Lilia Tarawa who was born into the infamous Gloriavale cult and broke free from the religious community when she was 18. Now she is a writer and speaker on how to build healthy self esteem!

When: 6pm Wednesday 24 October (tonight!)

City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square