How can we describe the modern woman? What she has to sacrifice in order to be successful and respectful? Today is the International Women’s Day and when I am thinking about what a woman should do to reach the position she deserves in society I recall Tomas Sankara saying: “I can hear the roar of women’s silence”. Nowadays women are challenged with their multiple roles. They are good mothers, thriving employees. Multitasking and anxiety are part of their life. They are trying to go as fast as the world around them and many times come up against unexpected barriers to their professional and personal development or they are facing acts of discrimination and debasement. Sometimes they are trying to call for a change, for the recognition of their sacrifices and other times just remain silent as an act of internal power.
“Black and White” by Sandra Gjorgieva is a film that showcases “the woman of today” who is trying to escape from the demons of her past and live her life exactly how she imagines it to be. Everything starts with a song, a memory, a faded scene from the past in black and white. The first thing we can see is a girl in front of a piano trying to catch her father’s attention while he is lost to his paperwork. The same girl, after many years, is also lost in her stack of papers trying to balance her professional life with her personal and her daughter.
An office full of documents, colleagues without the sense of cooperation and a boss without respect sound quite familiar. Although our protagonist in her imagination fights to overcome the unrespectful work conditions and get recognized for her efforts with singing and dancing, in reality she bears with that until she finally appreciates her value. Her daughter helps her to see what she truly is, and what deeply matters.
Each and every one of us someday met a woman. She may be a mother, a daughter, an employee, a friend, or all of these at the same time. She has serenity to her voice, sparks into her eyes, warmth into her heart. She may have bad days full of fear and anger, but also a lot of days with love, with joy. A Woman can fight for your rights, embrace you for your weaknesses while suffering, drowning in her emotions, her insecurities, her plans.
The title of this movie by Sandra Gjorgieva couldn’t describe better the actual substance of a woman, the contradictions inside her. The one and only thing that our protagonist wants is to be heard! Besides, she doesn’t want something that she hasn’t fought for. She just wants her efforts, her ideas, her strength to be heard. To be appreciated for her accomplishments. Even when a woman is silent, she is actually speaking.
Our challenge is to build a society with open ears to efforts, innovations, ideas and culture. A society with equal visibility based on respect and love, despite the gender norms. Let’s be inspired by “Black and White”, join our forces and celebrate life! At the end of the day we all live in the same world, let’s give to it the shape that we really want to have!
Georgia Anna Chondrou, Student at Media and Communication of PANTEION UINIVERSITY and BBB volunteer
The film was screened at the 10th BBB short film festival “ e- motions” as part of the tribute called “ Youth and Labour/ Women and Labour ” implemented through the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning” and is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and National Funds. Its co-funded projects deal mostly with the improvement of education and employment in Greece.