To mark Trans Awareness Week and Trans Remembrance Day 2022, Queer Intersections Oxford and the Merton MCR (Arts & Culture) invite you to the screening of the film Strella (A Woman’s Way) (2009) by Panos Koutras, on Saturday 19 November 2022 at the TS Eliot Theatre (Merton College), at 4:30 pm. This event is a prelude to a Film Night Series soon to be launched by Queer Intersections Oxford.
‘Strella is perhaps the most important cultural contribution in recent years to thinking about oedipalization within queer kinship’, according to Judith Butler, and one of the cinematic pieces spearheading the genre internationally known as Greek Weird Wave. The screening will be preceded by a brief introduction and followed by a discussion.
As capacity is limited, please register here.
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TW: Incest, Violence, Transphobic and Homophobic Slurs
They have written on Strella:
I think that Strella is perhaps the most important cultural contribution in recent years to thinking about oedipalization within queer kinship, as well as about contemporary challenges to understandings of sexuality and kinship, all through a meditation on very contemporary modes of living and loving that nevertheless draw on ancient norms.
Judith Butler, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (with A. Athanasiou, 2013)
This film’s queer aesthetic of assemblage pushes it towards doing exactly what a trans woman would do when she says ‘those ancient girls, lady Sophocles, lady Euripides’: They both maintain the sense of the tragic, but also avoid normatively receiving it as an absolute truth. They bring the gesture of the self to the surface, to a poetics of performativity and, in doing so, they relativise and historicise the ideology of emotional depth, of the unconscious and patriarchal self, of insurmountable hubris. This does not mean that they do not perceive the impasse, the tragedy; they just see it as a system of relations and suspect that these relations can be performatively rearranged or reassembled.
Dimitris Papanikolaou, Greek Weird Wave: A Cinema of Biopolitics (2021)
Members of our team will be waiting for you at the lodge on Merton Street to show you to the TS Eliot Theatre. The venue is wheelchair accessible (via Rose Lane). Please let us know when making your booking if you require wheelchair access or ease of access seats (the seating in the venue is tiered).