Embrace Fragility at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival
Admitting one’s vulnerability is never an entirely pleasant experience.
Sure, there’s a certain sense of relief in curling up like a jittery centipede on the concrete and surrendering to the power of being pathetic, and there may even be a risk-reward relationship in admitting you’re vulnerable, such as, getting that rich person to fall in love with and subsequently marry you and leave you all their wealth, but it involves entering into a state of mind that is wholly uncomfortable and the potential negatives of revealing one’s vulnerabilities often far outweigh the potential positives.
Then again, it’s a vital part of the human experience. You can’t go through life an invulnerable block of emotionless concrete. They already paid Steven Seagal millions of dollars to do that in the 80s and now he’s a Louisiana deputy with a history of violent assault. It’s a lot of bloody work. You’re a lazy, squishy human and you have to occasionally be vulnerable.
How do you cope? By immersing yourself in the stories of people far more vulnerable, emotionally traumatised and mentally unstable than you could ever be, at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival.
“More Than…”. The MWFF 2021 festival explores the creation of screen storytelling as an expressive art form for activism, acknowledging the past as we envision the future. Film is a powerful medium to tell important stories – it is more than something we just watch on our screens. Film has impact and creates change. MWFF is proud to present a program that showcases bold and socially relevant films and web series from gender diverse Australian, Aotearoa New Zealand and Pasifika filmmakers. With experiences online and in cinemas, MWFF celebrates its 5th edition cultivating a culture of equality and some exceptional filmmaking.
You are a human with feelings that can and will be hurt. That is a part of life.
You are also a human with a sick internalised fetish for observing the pain of others in a voyeuristic, psychologically relieving frenzy. That’s what makes life tolerable.