25th Anniversary Retrospective - Films

**The Retrospective is now over - it was a wonderful and inspiring weekend. Thanks to all participants!**

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, WIFTV presents this inspiring retrospective selection of films by BC women directors. The selection is curated by Maureen Levitt, Creative Development - Western Canada for Super Channel, and includes films (documentaries and shorts) which portray a female main character who struggles against a status-quo and demonstrates strength and determination.

Schedule for Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Schedule for Sunday, January 18th, 2015

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Story of Burqa: Case of a confused Afghan

A Story of a Burka

When director Brishkay Ahmed first undertakes a social experiment in the streets of Vancouver, little does she know that she is about to embark on a journey to uncover the strange history of the most controversial piece of clothing—the burqa.

With humor, tenacity and the fierce intelligence, Story of Burqa picks apart the tangled threads of Afghanistan’s complex and complicated history to reveal the barefaced facts. Control over the bodies of women is only the beginning. What is really at stake is power over Afghanistan itself. –DW -

  • Run Time: 00:70:00
  • Release Date: 2012
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A Feeling Called Glory

A Feeling Called Glory 

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A delightfully morbid and life-affirming story about a quirky summer friendship between two oddballs who have unique and opposing outlooks on coping with loss, and each other. 

  • Run Time: 00:29:00
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Credits:
    • Director: Coreen Mayrs

Almost Forgot my Bones

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An African-Canadian woman goes in search of her roots, when transplanted into a new city. At first she is lost and fragmented, her grandmother appears to her in a vision and forces her to look at herself. It opens her up to her own inner world. In this world beneath the surface she starts whirling (an ancient Sufi prayer-dance said to be a gateway between the physical and the spiritual world). Through whirling, she connects to herself and is now able to accept the community around her.

  • Run Time: 00:05:00
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Awards: Winner of the  Audience Choice award 2004 Vancouver Videopoetry festival and the best international film award at the Chroma International Film Festival in Mexico
  • Director's Bio: http://katrinbowen.com/
  • Credits:
    • Director: Katrin Bowen
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A Round Peg

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A Round Peg celebrates Canadian feminist educator Margaret Fulton in this inspiring portrait. An energetic teacher, activist, and seniors’ advocate, she challenged traditional patriarchal power structures and designed alternative non-hierarchical models which are now being embraced both in government and business. A role model, particularly for women, Fulton's innovative ideas, stories, and anecdotes are refreshing, stimulating, and often very funny.

  • Run Time: 00:48:00
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Awards: Silver Apple Award, National Educational Media Competition, Oakland, California; Honourable Mention, Columbus International Film Festival
  • Trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LByV6j1627Q
  • Credits:
    • Director: Michelle Bjornson
    • Producer: Michelle Bjornson
    • Distributed by:

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Coast Salish Knitters 

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For almost a century, the Coast Salish knitters of southern Vancouver Island have produced Cowichan sweaters from handspun wool. These distinctive sweaters are known and loved around the world, but the Aboriginal women who make them remain largely invisible.

Combining rare archival footage with the voices of three generations of woolworkers, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters tells the tale of unsung heroines--resourceful women who knit to put food on the table and keep their families alive.

  • Run Time: 00:52:03
  • Release Date: 2000
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  • Credits:
    • Director: Christine Welsh
    • Producers: Christine Welsh, Colleen Craig, Gillian Darling Kovanic

 

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Fury for the Sound: The Women at Clayoquot

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Fury for the Sound: The Women at Clayoquot reveals the important role of women in establishing grassroots social movements like the one to protest clearcut logging in Clayoquot Sound on Canada's West Coast.

In the tradition of suffragettes and the Chipko women of India, who are among the world's original treehuggers, in 1993 at Clayoquot, women of all ages were moved to leave their homes and comfortable lives to enact social change. The fight to protect the Sound, one of the largest remaining tracts of untouched Canadian rain forest, resulted in the biggest single act of civil disobedience in Canadian history. Over 850 people--two-thirds of them women--were arrested.

  • Run Time: 00:52:00
  • Release Date: 1997
  • AwardsPeople's Choice Award, Vermont International Film Festival; Chris Award, Columbus International Film Festival; Best Point of View Documentary and Award of Merit for Conservation, International Wildlife Festival in Montana
  • Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_s9zUR99Rs   
  • Director's Bio: http://movingimages.ca/store/filmmakers.php?fmk=506 
  • Credits:
    • Director: Shelley Wine
    • Producer: Telltale Productions, Shelley Wine
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Marker of Change: The Story of the Women's Monument

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On December 6, 1989, 14 young women at Montréal's Ecole Polytechnique were systematically hunted down and shot to death in what became known as the Montréal Massacre. Within hours, everyone knew the name of the murderer but few would remember the names of the women.

As Canadians denied the connection between this horrific mass murder of women, a band of Vancouver feminists set out to create Canada's first national monument to name and remember the 14 women. From the moment of its inception, the Women's Monument project was dogged by controversies, but when its dedication hit the media ‘all hell broke loose'. The inscription, "for all women murdered by men" sparked a country-wide debate.

  • Run Time: 00:52:00
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Awards: Bronze Apple Award, National Educational Media Competition, Oakland 1999; CanPro Award, Excellence in Television, Ottawa 1999
  • Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rG62xZmxrY   
  • Credits:
    • Director: Moira Simpson
    • Producer: The May Street Group Ltd, Pamela Millar, Sher Morgan
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Me, Mom and Mona

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Mona is going to do her research in biochemistry. Her mother feels lucky to have even managed to learn to read and write. There are more than oceans between this woman who emigrated from China and her Canadian-born daughter. Yet when filmmaker Mina Shum gets together with her mother and sister Mona, far more seems to bind them together than divide them. Shum, director of the feature-length film ‘Double Happiness,’ brings all the conflicts together in this candid, warm and entertaining film.

  • Run Time: 00:20:00
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Credits: Director: Mina Shum

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Mon Amour, mon Parapluie

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After losing her beloved umbrella, a young woman realizes that nothing in her world will ever be the same. The unforgiving rain, the empty streets and her stark white apartment reflect her loss. After an unsuccessful hunt through the city, she surrenders and voices her frustration to the sky. 

Mon Amour Mon Parapluie is a 35mm, black and white, visual poem that illustrates both loss and fear.

  • Run Time: 00:10:00
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Awards: 2002 Yorkton Film Festiva, 2002 CBC 120seconds.com Digital Film Festival - Grand Prix;2002 Leo Awards - Best Short Drama Nomination, Best Production Design,Best Sound Editing and Best Picture Editing; 2002 Mississippi Crossroads Film Festival - Best Short Film
  • Credits:
    • Director: Giada Dorberzenska
    • Writer: Tara Hungerford
    • Producer: Paul Armstrong

 

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New Shoes: An Interview in Exactly 5 Minutes

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This film presents a candid portrait of a male-female relationship that terminated with dire consequences. A woman tells a unique story that is intercut with symbolic imagery of a fairy princess. Time is manipulated and compressed to meet the five-minute limit set by the Five Feminist Minutesproject, bringing a quirky sense of irony and detachment to the telling.

  • Run Time: 00:05:00
  • Release Date: 1990
  • Awards: Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker, Ann Arbor; Honourable Mention, Northwest Film & Video Festival; Honourable Mention, Toronto Festival of Festivals
  • Director's Bio: http://movingimages.ca/store/filmmakers.php?fmk=328 
  • Credits:
    • Director: Ann Marie Fleming
    • Producer: Ann Marie Fleming
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Oldest Basket Ball Team in the World

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In July 2005, the World Masters Games hosted the first women's basketball team over the age of 65. To qualify for the Masters you just need to be in the right age bracket and "still breathing". That said, many former Olympians join, making the competition fierce. Enter "The Retreads", a team of Canadian women between the ages of 65 and 75. This documentary follows them as they train for the Games through to the final competitions where, alone in their category, they find they must play against three younger, stronger and faster teams.

  • Run Time: 00:48:00
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Credits:
    • Director: Sharon McGowan
    • Producer: Blue Heron Media, Sharon McGowan, Shirley Vercuysse
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Patience and Absurdity

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Family love triumphs over Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis as a spunky Irish immigrant, "new to Alzheimer's" joins forces with her daughter, who is livign with MS, to make a cup of tea.

Undaunted by physical and mental challenges, mother and daughter celebrate family connections, kindness and caring in their joint efforts at tea time. Above all, humour at the absurdity of the teamwork required for this endeavour offers inspiration in facing life's challenges with laughter and warmheartedness.

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Return to Reichenbach

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Two women from opposite sides of Hitler's Third Reich meet in Toronto, years after the Second World War--one, a Jewish girl orphaned by the regime, the other, possibly the Nazi guard who protected her. Weaving together their stories, this powerful documentary intimately explores and contrasts their war experiences and crushing losses, and witnesses their fraught reunion more than half a century later.

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Savage

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It's late summer, the 1950s, and a young native girl is on her way to residential school. A Cree woman in her kitchen sings a lullaby in her native language. When the girl arrives at her destination, she undergoes a transformation that turns the woman's gentle voice into a howl of anger and pain. Once installed in the residential school, life is stern and there aren't many chances to be a kid...except when no one is watching.

  • Run Time: 00:06:00
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Awards 2011 Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama; 2010 Yorkton International Short Film Festival: Golden Sheaf Award for Best Multicultural Film; 2010 Leo Awards: Best Actress (Skeena Reece) and Best Editing (Hart Snider and Brendan Woollard)
  • Director's Bio: http://movingimages.ca/store/filmmakers.php?fmk=141
  • Credits:
    • Director: Lisa Jackson
    • Producer: Lauren Grant, Lori Lozinski
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She's a Boy I Knew

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Filmmaker Gwen Haworth documents her male-to-female gender transition partially through the voices of her anxious but loving family, best friend, and wife. Finding self-empowerment through self-representation, Haworth's feature debut is a comic, heartbreaking, and uplifting autobiography that breaks away from marginalized depictions of transsexuals that populate mainstream media by focusing on a family whose bonds unexpectedly strengthen as they re-examine their preconceptions of gender and sexuality. 

  • Run Time: 00:70:00
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Awards: Audience Award for Most Popular Canadian Film, Vancouver International Film Festival; Best Screenwriting in a Documentary, Leo Awards - British Columbia Film & Television Awards; Audience Award for Best Documentary, Mix Brazil; Jury Award for Best Documentary, Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival
  • Director's Bio: http://movingimages.ca/store/filmmakers.php?fmk=212 
  • Trailer: http://movingimages.ca/store/products.php?boy_i_knew
  • Credits:
    • Director: Gwen Haworth
    • Producer: Shapeshifter Films, Gwen Haworth
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Sisters in Arms

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There are only ten countries in the world that allow women to fight in ground combat, and Canada is one of them. The mission in Afghanistan marks the first time in Canadian history that women soldiers are fighting on the frontlines.

Sisters In Arms is a one-hour documentary that tells the story of three remarkable women who have chosen the most difficult and dangerous military professions and are facing combat on the battle fronts of Afghanistan. Corporal Katie Hodges is an infantry solider, Corporal Tamar Freeman is a medic; and Master Corporal Kimberly Ashton is a combat engineer who leaves behind three young girls at home in Canada.

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Your Mother Should Know

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Peg Campbell's deeply personal film resonates with the passion and the helpless suffusing love that overwhelms almost every mother. As she shifts through memories, piled one on top of the other, Campbell creates an assemblage of small moments snatched from memory, plus snapshots, and home movies that trace the lines between three different lives.

Campbell's careful shaping of experience for the camera forms the spine of the narrative, knitting together memories and fragments into an emotive patchwork. Set against these personal stories is a collection of teenage girls offering blunt assessments of the age-old dance between parents and children.

  • Run Time: 00:18:00
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Awards: Most Inspirational Short Film, Reel2Real International Festival for Youth
  • Director's Bio: http://movingimages.ca/store/filmmakers.php?fmk=168 
  • Credits:
    • Director: Peg Campbell
    • Producer: Peg Campbell
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Your Name In Cellulite

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A tube of lipstick shoots up like a missile out of silo. A mascara brush drops with the resounding crash of a falling tree. Drastic and ridiculous efforts to create a perfect body image are presented in this hilarious animated film. A woman's attempts to keep up with fashion's impossible image of "perfection" leads her to pump up her bustline, clear-cut her legs, squeeze out that fat... Fiction is just a little too close to reality as the limits of bodyshaping are stretched. 

  • Run Time: 00:06:00
  • Release Date: 1995
  • AwardsMTV Public Prize, Fantoche Animation Festival, Judge's Award, Northwest Film and Video Festival, NFB Award, Vancouver International Film Festival, Paul Clere Humanitarian Award, Sinking Creek Film/Video Festival, Jury Prize, Aspen Filmfest, Telefilm Canada Prize, Images Festival of Independent Film and Video
  • Director's Bio: http://movingimages.ca/store/filmmakers.php?fmk=329 
  • Credits:
    • Director: Gail Noonan
    • Producer: Gail Noonan
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