Short Film: LET THEM EAT CAKE!, 10min,. UK, Dance

Directed by Avatâra Ayuso
Let Them Eat Cake! is a dance film on girl empowerment, where three teenagers rebel against how society dictates how they see themselves. In Let Them Eat Cake! the three characters transform from being “perfect girls” to agents of change, by embracing who they really are. It is directed by the choreographer and dance filmmaker Avatâra Ayuso.

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Director Biography – Avatâra Ayuso

AVATÂRA AYUSO is a choreographer and filmmaker, Artistic Director of AVA DANCE COMPANY. She trained in ballet, Argentinean Tango, contemporary dance and Linguistics. She was nominated for the 2015 and 2019 UK National Dance Awards for Outstanding Female Modern Performance. She is a long standing-creative team member of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. She is also a Resident Artist at the Teatro del Lago in Chile.

Avatâra founded ɅVɅ DANCE COMPANY in 2008. Her practice aims to overcome eurocentrism by promoting cultural exchanges. In her most recent projects, she collaborated with artists from Burkina Faso, Japan, Senegal, Taiwan, Morocco and Nunavut (Canadian Arctic).

Alongside choreographing and running ɅVɅ DANCE COMPANY, Avatâra also works as a filmmaker: Dance Pumkin Dance, Tokyo Tokyo, I Am Raja and the award wining The Protocol . In her cinematographic style is clearly influenced by her choreographic background. Her personal understanding of movement, stillness and rhythm is present in every frame.
Her passion for dance filmmaking started as soon as she developed her first choreographies. She became fascinated by the editing process which in her mind echoes her own choreographic process. Both ask the same questions: what remains? What is left behind? How do you direct the eye of the audience to where you want?

Finally, fully committed to empowering women and girls in and out of the dance sector, she founded the charity AWA DANCE (Advancing Women’s Aspirations with Dance), dedicated to the leadership development of women and girls.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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