Clandestine collaborators D.N.W. (Deeds Not Words) celebrate some of the extraordinary stories of the Suffragettes through a 21st century lens. This May, they're joining Sensoria here in Sheffield to show their new short film SuffraJitsu, alongside a packed programme of activities including jiu-jitsu, a zine workshop, and more.
SuffraJitsu takes on the suffragette colours as a ‘call to arms' for a band of contemporary female warriors.
The full programme for the afternoon/evening:
– SuffraJitsu short film screening and a Q&A with D.N.W.
– Jiu-Jitsu demo
– Girl Gang Resistance workshop – find your voice and build confidence and resilience with Girl Gang's one-hour workshop that combines movement and theatre, exercise, discussion and games.
– Girl Gang Fanzine workshop – create your own SuffraJitsu fanzine using collage and/or illustration and let the world know which tales of wonderful/warrior women inspire you.
– Three D.N.W. short films
– Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. – the Sundance award-winning profile of the rapper, this documentary film uses M.I.A.'s personal archive of footage to chronicle her remarkable journey as a refugee from Sri Lanka to London and her rise to (and experience of) pop stardom including a hostile media backlash.
– Minnow Books – a bookstall selling books by women writers and indie publishers.
On the subject of suffragettes: did you know that it was right here in Sheffield that the country's first organisation dedicated to women's suffrage formed? Find out more, along with stories of pilgrimages, speeches, riots and bombs, in our Women's Suffrage Tour of Sheffield, created for last year's Off the Shelf.