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Baronesa: Gendered Experiences of Everyday Life in Brazilian Favelas

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) and the BISR Urban Intersections Working Group invite you to the screening of the film Baronesa (Brazil, 2017). Baronesa is a DocFic directed by a young Brazilian director (Juliana Antunes) and filmed in the peripheries of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The film, which had restricted circulation in the UK, follows two women, Andreia and Leid, as they struggle to survive in a context of violence and poverty. The actors are non-professional local residents, performing a fictional yet familiar script, creating a realistic atmosphere that blurs the boundaries between representation and everyday life.

The screening will be followed by a roundtable discussion chaired by Dr Scott Rodgers (Birkbeck) with the participation of Dr Gracia Ramirez (London College of Communication, UAL) and Dr Mara Nogueira (Birkbeck). The discussion will put the arts and social sciences into conversation, connecting different perspectives to shed light on the everyday life of marginalised groups in global south cities.

This event is free to attend and open to all, but you need to book to secure a place. The screening will be followed by a small reception.


Mara Nogueira is a Lecturer in Urban Geography at Birkbeck. She teaches on the MSc International Development and is programme director for the MSc Sustainable Cities. Her work focuses on the cross-class politics of urban space production, with an emphasis on the (re)production of socio-spatial inequality in urban Brazil.

Gracia Ramirez is a lecturer and researcher interested in intersection between history, culture and aesthetics in different media and artistic practices. Gracia’s more recent research has looked at the history of newsreels, where she considers the evolution of news and documentary formats and questions how different media genre shape affect, memory and historical experiences.

Scott Rodgers is a Reader in Media and Geography in at Birkbeck. His research specialises in the relationships of media and cities and the geographies of communication. Scott also has broad interests in media production practices, digital and networked technologies, urban politics and ethnographic methodologies.

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