SORRY WE’RE OPEN: Cinenova presents: ‘The Border Crossed Us’ with Marina Vishmidt

Monday, 19.09.2016
16:30h at Buurtkamer HoofdKwartier, Hoofddorpweg 25, Amsterdam  €5

Immigration Who Takes The Rap







An evening of films taking a partisan view of immigration as cause and consequence of state violence.

Who Takes the Rap?, Lai Ngan Walsh, 1986, UK, 38 min
Running Light, Lis Rhodes, 1996, UK 14 min

Women are hit specifically hard by a racist and patriarchal legal apparatus, as we see in Lai Ngan Walsh's amped-up documentary “Who Takes The Rap” (1986) on virtually a century of British anti-migrant biopolitics.
“Running Light” (Lis Rhodes, 1996) is more oblique, in it we mostly see places that have been abandoned by those in flight, and the devices that observe them, narrated with Rhodes' usual lyrical concision.

Founded in 1991 following the merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, Cinenova is a non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing films and videos made by women. Cinenova currently distributes over 500 titles that include experimental film, narrative feature films, artists’ film and video, documentary and educational videos made between the 1920s and 2000. The thematics in the work at Cinenova include oppositional histories, postcolonial struggles, domestic and care work, representation of gender and sexuality, and importantly, the relations and alliances between these movements.

Marina Vishmidt
is a member of the Cinenova Working Group and lives in London. She is a writer who works on her own and collaboratively,  as well as an academic teaching at institutions in the UK and the Netherlands.

* * * We host a second event with Marina, presenting films from the Cinenova collection, later this autum: Saturday 22 October 2016. From 7pm, at the Side Room / Butcher's Tears. * * *

Buurtkamer HoofdKwartier
Neighborhood center Het HoofdKwartier is a cosy living room for the neighborhood. You are welcome to drop in every morning for a cup of coffee, a chat and an open ear. Het HoofdKwartier is a meeting place for neighbors, to together organize activities or coordinate support.

* * * If you need to access the festival for free, you are welcome to sign yourself up for guest list, via: or by writing your name (or a name) down at the respective event venue. * * *

Images: Lai Ngan Walsh & Women and the Law Collective: Who Takes The Rap - Immigration, 1986