Raindance partners with 16 Days 16 Films – a Modern Films and Kering Foundation initiative – for this panel discussion on how film can be used as a tool for social change, on the subject of gender-based violence, inequality, sexual harassment and discrimination.
Advocates from the film industry and social activism are joined by Elli Toivoniemi – producer of FORCE OF HABIT – to discuss both systemic abuse and everyday sexism can be challenged through film itself, practical filmmaking, and global audiences. Learn how working towards the right to feel safe and creating meaningful discussion around ending violence against woman in all its forms including sexual harassment can inform our filmmaking culture moving forward.
Speakers: Sarah D’Angelis, UK Says No More; Elli Toivoniemi, Director and Producer ([FORCE OF HABIT]; Ted Bunch, A Call to Men, Yarit Dor, Teniece Divya Johnson
Hosted by Akua Gyamfi, The British Blacklist
In partnership with 16 Days 16 Films
About the Speakers:
Elli Toivoniemi is an award-winning producer-director from production company Tuffi Films based in Helsinki, Finland. She has been working as a producer since 2009. She has produced and co-produced films and series in all forms and lengths, including six feature films.
Toivoniemi is an EAVE & ACE producer graduate, and is a co-founder-owner of the production company Tuffi Films, and behind acclaimed films like the Academy Award nominated short fiction Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (2014).
The newest project she is behind is anthology series Force of Habit, exploring how women are discriminated against because of their gender in public and private life. This all-female production covers 11 episodes and a single feature film by fifteen writers and directors, including herself. Currently she is working as a producer on live action fantasy family feature film Sihja – The Rebel Fairy (2021) as well as the second season of Carpe Fcking Diem TV-serie.
Sarah D’Angelis is The Violence Against Women and Girls Partnerships Manager for UK SAYS NO MORE, creating survivor-led, partnership based solutions for domestic abuse and sexual violence. She recently hosted their first in conversation event with Rose McGowan and co-created the national Safe Spaces scheme, increasing opportunities for victims of domestic abuse to access specialist support, safely. Sarah is committed to changing the societal narrative that exists around sexual violence, having previously founded a rape crisis centre and fulfilled consultancy roles both nationally and internationally.
Ted Bunch is an educator, author, activist, and lecturer working to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. As the chief development officer for A CALL TO MEN™, Ted is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls.
Yarit Dor is an IDC Certified Intimacy Coordinator and co-director of Moving Body Arts Ltd. Her intimacy coordination credits include: The Wheel of Time (Amazon), Adult Material (Channel 4), The Girlfriend Experience (Starz), Domina (Sky TV), Spanish Princess Season 2 (Starz), Cheaters (BBC Studios/Clerkenwell), White Lines Ep9-10 (Netflix), Carnival Row Ep4 (Amazon), The Nevers Ep1-2 (HBO) amongst others. She contributed to Equity’s Intimacy Working Group’s new guidance for engagers, BECTU’s “Return To Work” Guidance and to Director’s UK guidelines “Directing Nudity & Simulated Sex”.
For the education sector Yarit teaches workshops on intimacy coordination at NFTS, HETV Screen Skills, London Film School, UAL’s BA in Film Practice and Raindance.
Teniece Divya Johnson, MA (Lehigh University, Sociology), MFA (University of Florida), is a student of life, stunt performer and certified intimacy coordinator and intimacy director for television, film and stage. They are a Creative Team Member of (IDC) Intimacy Directors & Coordinators and some of Teniece’s credits include HBO’s Succession, Lovecraft Country, RAMY, HULU’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga, FX’s POSE, Run The World, The Hunters on Amazon, West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg and the limited series The Underground Railroad written and directed by Barry Jenkins.
Teniece is also honored to have worked with Claire Warden on Slave Play at the Golden Theater and NYTW. And they love working with the students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts as a fight director and intimacy director. www.imdb.me/teniecedivyajohnson
About the Host:
Akua Gyamfi has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, with a career spanning fashion, film, television, theatre, print and online media.
In 2012, Akua launched multi-award winning platform The British Blacklist, a media outlet for BAME entertainment professionals. The British Blacklist is a media brand respected throughout the industry for its dedication to news of British black professionals in screen, stage, sound, and literature and its database documenting and championing their achievements in a way that hasn’t been done before.
Akua is also a sought-after commentator regularly speaking on news outlets Channel 5, BBC 5 Live, Victoria Derbyshire about diversity in the arts, and awards season opinion. She is on the board of The New Black Film Collective and is a regular collaborator with We Are Parable an events organisation who notably curated An Audience with Spike Lee in 2017.
Akua is also a regular chair for screenings and panel discussions hosted by The New Black Film Collective, We Are Parable and the BFI.
This Panel discussion is part of the Raindance Film Festival Industry Programme: Independent Film Beyond 2020. To access all panels purchase the UK All Access or International All Access Pass from £14.99.