1st Edition

Sustainable Resilience in Women's Film and Video Organizations A Counter-Lineage in Moving Image History

By Rosanna Maule Copyright 2024
    264 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book illustrates a distinctive lineage of critical interventions in moving image culture and in the public sphere through the trajectories of a small number of film and video organizations established between the 1970s and the early 1980s in Western Europe and North America mainly by women and still operative today. 

    The six case studies examined (Drac Màgic, Women Make Movies, Groupe Intervention Vidéo, Leeds Animation Workshop, bildwechsel, Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir) have maintained a discrete yet continuing presence within an audiovisual industry and a cultural system dominated by institutionalized and corporate forms of production and distribution. Their longevity – quite a rarity in the independent circuit – makes a strong case for the sustainability of feminist/LGBTQ media activism in the public sphere, in spite of its low-key profile. 

    This volume will be of interest to academicians of history and communication studies, feminist and LGBTQ topics, and gender-related cinematic culture.

    List of Figures


    Introduction: Gender Politics as Collective Resilience

    1. Opening Spaces for Women Through Counter-Media Strategies

    2. Women’s Cinema as Community Practice

    3. Changing Images, Creating Networks

    4. Inclusivity Beyond Borders

    5. The Virtual Life of Ephemera

    6. Thinking Ahead: Counter-Archives for the Future


    Rosanna Maule is Professor of Film and Moving Image in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, Montreal.