To mark International Women's Day, we are screening Brazilian director Anna Muylaert's acclaimed film, The Second Mother (2015). The film focuses on protagonist Val, a live-in domestic worker who has been employed by a wealthy family in São Paulo for the last 13 years. When Val's estranged daughter Jéssica comes to stay at Val's employers' home in order to take a university entrance exam, relationships become strained and tensions begin to emerge. The Second Mother has been described as a "savvy, socially conscious crowd pleaser" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) that cleverly renders "the unspoken, unspeakable agony of class and caste" (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian). Its lead actors Regina Casé (Val) and Cámila Mardila (Jéssica) won a special jury prize for their performances at Sundance 2015.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Professor Lúcia Sá and Dr Rachel Randall. Lúcia is a Professor of Brazilian Studies at the University of Manchester and is an expert on Brazilian literature and culture with a particular interest in race, racism and indigenous cultures. 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 film.
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.PT2H22M152024-03-05The Second Mother + Panel discussion and Q&A"The Second Mother + Panel discussion and Q&A"