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May 26
Film Series
POSTPONED | The Confession Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC

Delphine et Carole, Insoumuses with director Callisto Mc Nulty

At the invitation of Oberlin College (Ohio) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, screenings, conferences and workshops will be led by Nicole Fernández Ferrer, Director of the Simone de Beauvoir Audiovisual Center and Callisto McNulty, filmmaker, will present Delphine and Carole, insoumuses.

Delphine and Carole, insoumuses

Although she became famous as the star of films by Chantal Akerman, François Truffaut, Alain Resnais, and Luis Buñuel, Delphine Seyrig was also a powerful voice of the French feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s, advocating for abortion and prostitution rights and the proto–Me Too struggles of women actresses. Callisto McNulty illustrates this unsung aspect of Seyrig’s career in her riveting and subversively funny new documentary, which comprises film clips, television interviews with misogynistic politicians and intellectuals, and excerpts from the radical protest videos that Seyrig made with fellow filmmaker-activist Carole Roussopoulos, videos like Be Pretty and Shut Up! and Maso and Miso Go Boating that featured stinging observations by Jane Fonda, Maria Schneider, and other Hollywood and French actresses.

Callisto McNulty

Callisto McNulty (Paris, 1990) is a writer, director and translator. Her research in the fields of feminism and cultural studies takes the shape of cinematic and editorial projects. With Anne Destival, she wrote and produced Éric’s Tape (2017), filmed research on a mysterious cassette tape between Andy Warhol and others whose identity is initially unknown. She is also the co-editor and co-author of the book SCUM Manifesto, combining a restored version of the video of the same name by Carole Roussopoulos and Delphine Seyrig, documents, filmed interviews and original texts. Delphine et Carole (Delphine and Carole) is her first feature film, premiered in the Forum section at this year's Berlinale.

Simone de Beauvoir Audiovisual Center

The Simone de Beauvoir Audiovisual Center was created in 1982 by Carole Roussopoulos, Delphine Seyrig and Ioana Wieder. These three militant and activist feminists, all video practitioners, aimed their cameras so to speak at the preservation and creation of audiovisual documents concerning the history of women, their rights, fights and creations. At the same time, they continued to practice their own work as directors.