To mark International Women's Day, we are screening Mexican director Lila Avilés's first feature, The Chambermaid (2018). The film follows protagonist Eve as she winds her way around an upscale Mexico City hotel, cleaning the rooms on the twenty-first floor. The film charts Eve's struggles to balance the demands of her job with her caring responsibilities and her desire for a promotion. The Chambermaid has been described as a "quietly stunning debut feature" that combines "closely observed workplace realism" with a "strangeness and intensity" more generally associated with science fiction (A.O. Scott, The New York Times), and as "an eerily atmospheric, poignant, disquieting movie about twenty-first-century luxury and the invisible servant class required to maintain it" (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian).
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Dr Mara Polgovsky and Dr Rachel Randall. Mara is a filmmaker, art historian and cultural theorist with expertise in Latin American art and visual culture. She is a Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck, and her debut feature, Malintzin 17, received the Best Documentary Award at the Morelia Film Festival. Rachel is Reader in Latin American studies at Queen Mary University of London. Her recent research has focused on the depiction of paid domestic and cleaning work in contemporary Latin American films.
This event is being supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It forms part of a double screening at Genesis Cinema for International Women's Day that celebrates the work of Latin American women directors and explores films that focus on reproductive labour.PT2H12M152024-03-08The Chambermaid + Panel discussion and Q&A"The Chambermaid + Panel discussion and Q&A"