The Feminist Library: A Short Film was made in support of the Save the Feminist Library Campaign in London (UK), documenting a crucial moment in the library's herstory as it fights for its very survival. Shortlisted for the Women's History Network Community Prize, the film revisits the story of the library's inception and emphasises why feminism remains essential today.
Founded in 1975, and with an incomparable collection of over 7,000 books and 1,500 periodical titles, as well as archives, pamphlets, papers, posters & ephemera from feminist individuals and organisations around the world (particularly from the Women's Liberation Movement of the 70s & 80s), the Feminist Library is a moment in history and a unique space for Feminist research, education and women's empowerment.
In December 2015, London's Southwark Council demanded an immediate increase in rent despite the library being housed by the Council for 30 years. In September 2016, after a vigorous campaign, the library won the right to temporarily remain in the building until their new premises are ready on the Old Kent Road sometime in 2017.
For more information and to help or support the library visit: www.feministlibraryfilm.com
Anaïs Charles is a passionate feminist and storyteller beginning a career in independent media and journalism. The Feminist Library is her first short film. Follow her on Facebook or visit her Blog.