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Sandra Lahire
Sandra Lahire is to be seen today as one of the most important feminist experimental filmmakers that marked the 1980s and 1990s British and international film history.

She died in 2001, aged 50, after a long and persistent struggle with anorexia. One of the things she left behind is a profound filmic commentary on anorexia. The body, always that body that is coming near the image of a spectre, that is connected solely with 'air and bones' while minimizing the flesh to zero, is also the primal element she uses to establish her relationship with her surroundings, particularly with a landscape destroyed by pollution or nuclear waste.

Her work is dedicated to a deconstruction of the ideological matrix of cultural paradigms, film production models and the very notion of making an experimental film. In some way she deeply rearticulated the relationship between experimental film and the societal, while insisting on conceptual movements within film in connection with image, light and structure. Light and sound are in the centre of her works; with them she recreated emotional situations and connections between personal obsession(s) and social structures. The light and sound create energy loops into which the public is invited and from which it cannot be indifferent to her narrations and radical political motivations. Light and darkness are seen as presence and absence of the body and are the signs of her intensive suffering and her state of constant despair and melancholy. In her films, Lahire emphasized two crucial conditions, the one of producing experimental films and the other a psychic mechanism that connected her to her body, always on the verge of becoming a living skeleton. Both, condition and mechanism, are unveiling artificial societal grounds and semi-natural politics that also constantly reshaped her life and political credo. Lahire's films and her critical-educational work marked deeply not only a generation of feminists, but also the lesbian movement in Britain and internationally.

Still from Arrows by Sandra Lahire, 1984
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