Being Ruby Rich: The Holy Girl (La niña santa) (15*) + Girl Power

6pm / + Introduction by Sophie Mayer

25 June 2017
Cinema 2
‘Desire lives in such memories, alongside truths and pleasures and yearning,’ writes B Ruby Rich of the work of Sadie Benning – and Lucrecia Martel’s second feature shares the evocative terrain of queer girlhood, sounding out the revolutionary power of girls.

Argentinean schoolgirls Amalia (the titular ‘holy girl’) and Josefina whisper their rumours, prayers and kisses against a backdrop of grown-up secrets and seductions that conjures the oppressions of the dictatorship.

Argentina/Italy/Netherlands/Spain 2004 Lucrecia Martel 106min
35mm presentation

+ Girl Power
A teenage Benning invented Girl Power long before the Spice Girls. Wielding her Fisher-Price Pixelvision camera, she confesses, poses and roars, queering Hollywood icons to give voice to her politics and desires.

US 1992 Sadie Benning 15min
Video presentation




A Club des Femmes and Barbican collaboration, in association with Birkbeck, University of London.

Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.
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