On gender equality in the film and theatre industry
20 June
Katia Pascariu
Katia Pascariu is an actress and cultural activist – she has studied performing arts (2006) and anthropology (2016). She lives in Bucharest. Pascariu works mainly in theatre and she collaborates with pluridisciplinary teams for educational projects, locally and internationally. For 10 years now she has been activating in educational and political theatre, participating, together with her colleagues from the Replika, Macaz Coop., and Vârsta4 collectives, in the development or various artistic and social programs which support vulnerable or maginal communities. Katia promotes the committed art, accessible to everyone, preoccupied with the issues of our contemporary society: education, social justice, human rights, discrimination and racism, recent history. She is part of the artistic collective of the State Jewish Theater of Bucharest. Key words: empathy, solidarity, critical thinking.
Mihaela Michailov
Mihaela Michailov is a playwright, performing arts critic, cultural educator, and lecturer at the National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale" in Bucharest.
She is the co-founder of the Replika Educational Theatre Center in Bucharest, where she coordinated, together with the artists of the Center, educational art platforms, workshops for teenagers, and cultural intervention programs.
She wrote over 20 plays revolving around socio-political issues: labour migration, power relations within the education system, the condition of children growing up in the absence of their parents, the marginalization of vulnerable categories, violence and abuse against women.
Her plays have been staged at the “I.L. Caragiale” Theatre Bucharest, the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre Craiova, the “Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre Timișoara, the Little Theatre and the Very Little Theatre Bucharest, the Excelsior Theatre Bucharest, the “Ion Creangă” Theatre Bucharest, the Gong Theatre Sibiu, MACAZ Bar Theatre Co-op, the Replika Educational Theatre Center.
Mihaela Michailov’s plays have been translated into Bulgarian, English, French, German, Hungarian, and Spanish.
In 2009 she participated in the Dramaturgy residential program offered by the Royal Court Theatre of London.
Her play, “Bad Kids”, which has been running for 11 years already, was presented in the form of a reading-show at the Avignon Theatre Festival, in 2014. It has been staged in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and in 2016 it was published by the “Solitaires Intempestifs.”
In 2020 she coordinated the “Feminist Intersectional Theatre Anthology,” as a part of a project called “Literature and Feminism.”
Raluca Durbacă
Raluca Durbacă is a director of documentaries and film critic. She graduated from the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations of SNSPA (2006) and from the Faculty of Film of UNATC Bucharest (2015). She has been a collaborator of the Film Menu cinema magazine (since 2012) and guest film critic for Éducation ŕ l’image, a cinematographic education program for high school students, organized by NexT International Film Festival in partnership with the French Institute in Bucharest. She has published essays in the edited volumes ”The Politics of Film. Contributions to the interpretation of contemporary Romanian cinema” and ”The Transition Film: Contributions towards a critique of Romanian 1990s cinema”. She has over 10 years of experience in film production and she has collaborated with various Romanian film festivals. ”The Certainty of Probabilities” is her debut.

We propose a discussion where we reflect upon the practices that are meant to improve the gender balance and representation in the film and theatre industry – from taking concrete steps in education (both formal and informal) to fostering gender equality across such areas as festival curation, the production chain, film and theatre criticism, decision-making and more. We invite our panel guests to consider how the local industry could become more inclusive, accessible and safer from a gender perspective; how we can empower the voices of marginalised groups and raise awareness among film and theatre practitioners, stakeholders, as well as the audience.

Guests: Alexandra Diaconu, Katia Pascariu, Lucia Chicoș, Mihaela Michailov, Raluca Durbacă.

 The discussion will be moderated by Ioana Diaconu and Georgiana Vrăjitoru (F-Sides)

SUPPORTED BY: Raiffeisen Bank
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THE FESTIVAL WAS CREATED IN 2008 BY: Czech Centre Bucharest

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