Some Women Other Women and all the Bittermen | Screening & Discussion
Thursday 9 March 2023
Film screening and Q&A with artist Rehana Zaman and Marissa Begonia, Director of The Voices of Domestic Workers, as part of Dundee Women’s Festival.
University of Dundee
A screening of artist Rehana Zaman’s film Some Women Other Women and all the Bittermen (2014) within the context of the exhibition Harun Farocki: Consider Labour at Cooper Gallery and as part of the city-wide event Dundee Women's Festival. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with artist Rehana Zaman and Marissa Begonia a Founding Member and Director of The Voice of Domestic Workers.
Some Women Other Women and all the Bittermen combines ‘Bittermen’, a six-part fictional soap opera on the takeover of Tetley’s Brewery during the early 1990s, with footage documenting the meetings of Justice for Domestic Workers Leeds over the course of 2014 as they began to organise around restrictions to their employment rights within UK immigration laws. The film developed over a two-year period involving research interviews with ex Tetley’s Brewery workers and a tentative collaboration with migrant women workers from J4DW (currently The Voices of Domestic Workers). Although at a temporal, political, and cultural remove from one another the stories of these two groups are framed by common concerns relating to sites of labour and working class identity as framed through gender and race.
Doors open: 6.15pm
Sophia Yadong Hao & Rehana Zaman
Some Women Other Women and all the Bittermen (49mins)
Rehana Zaman and Marissa Begonia
Doors close: 8.30pm
The screening event is free and open to all. Book a ticket via Eventbrite.
Marissa Begonia is a Founding Member and Director of The Voice of Domestic Workers. The Voice of Domestic Workers (formerly known as Justice For Domestic Workers) is an education and support group calling for justice, rights and welfare for Britain’s sixteen thousand migrant domestic workers. They provide educational and community activities for domestic workers - including English language lessons, drama and art classes, and employment advice, and provide support for domestic workers who exit from abusive employers. They empower migrant domestic workers to stand up and voice their opposition to any discrimination, inequality, slavery and all forms of abuse.
She is a Unite the Union Representative for Migrant Domestic Workers, the biggest Trade Union in the UK and is in the process of forming the Domestic Workers Branch in Unite.
Rehana Zaman (b. Heckmondwike) is an artist based in London. Her work speaks to notions of kinship and sociality, seeking out possibilities of intimacy and transgression within hostile contexts. Conversation and cooperative methods sit at the heart of her films which extend into texts, performances and group work.
She has exhibited widely in the UK and Internationally. Recent presentations include Serpentine Projects (forthcoming), BEK - Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts, British Art Show 9 (Touring), ICA Miami, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Borås International Sculpture Biennial (Sweden), Artist Film International Whitechapel, London and worldwide. In 2019 she co-edited Tongues with Taylor Le Melle, published by PSS and was shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award. She is a member of not/nowhere artist workers cooperative and her films are distributed by LUX.
About the exhibition
Bringing together the ten-screen video installation Labour in a Single Shot with Farocki’s most celebrated filmic essays; Workers Leaving the Factory (1995), Georg K. Glaser – Writer and Smith (1988), and In Comparison (2009), Harun Farocki: Consider Labour at Cooper Gallery critically questions the technological, aesthetic, and political conditions of making labour visible.
Re-inventing the 'filmic essay', Farocki’s thought-provoking oeuvre investigates how capitalism, consumerism, media, technology and war intertwine with all our lives for the past century. Influenced by theatre director Bertolt Brecht, philosopher Theodor Adorno, and film director Jean-Luc Godard, Farocki’s unique style of non-narrative-filmmaking consistently addresses practices of labour and the production of images that are concerned with understanding, reflecting and confronting modern society.
Read more on our exhibition page.
The gallery is on two floors. First floor has ramped access and disabled toilet.
Second floor is accessible via lift and for wheelchair access via a stairclimber. The screening will take place on the second floor.
The screening will captioned in English. Please email in advance if you require BSL or captions for the live conversation.
Please email in advance if you require lift or stairclimber access so we can arrange support.
Large print versions of the exhibition information handout are available, please ask our Guides.
All enquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rehana Zaman, Some Women Other Women and all the Bittermen, 2014.
Courtesy the artist and LUX.