3pm- Shorts Program: Fighting for Our Lives

A program about fighting for survival and endurance in challenging times.

The screening will be followed by a talkback with filmmakers.

Please be advised that films in this program depict sexual violence and racial violence.

Rage Room, Episode 1: Father (5 min)
Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Origin: USA
Description: A dark comedy web series about our underlying rage and the rising need to break shit. In Colfax, New Mexico Darla opens a local business with the small alimony she received from her recent divorce.  From her own personal need to “break shit,” Darla creates a space where people can go to blow off steam in a controlled setting.  They smash television sets, break dinner plates, and hurl baseball bats at old computers. She calls the “sacred space” RAGE ROOM.

Watch the Trailer Here!

Little Rebel (10 min)
Director: Aimie Vallat
Origin: USA
Description: Little Rebel is about Isatou Jallow — a remarkable West African woman from The Gambia, and now Seattle resident. Since seeking asylum in the USA in 2012, Isatou has pursued graduate degrees at the UW Law School while continuously advocating for women, asylees and people with disabilities. Dimensions of Isatou’s epic journey—from her origins and physical hardships to scholarship, becoming a lawyer and leader, demonstrating an ultimate resiliency and altruism— are deeply human, harrowing, transcendent, tenacious…and part of the American immigrant story.

For A Better Life (10 min)
Director: Yasmin Mistry
Origin: USA
Description: Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy, Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness toward the family which sold him.

Rage Room, Episode 2: Ex (4 min)
Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Origin: USA
Description: A dark comedy web series about our underlying rage and the rising need to break shit. In Colfax, New Mexico Darla opens a local business with the small alimony she received from her recent divorce.  From her own personal need to “break shit,” Darla creates a space where people can go to blow off steam in a controlled setting.  They smash television sets, break dinner plates, and hurl baseball bats at old computers. She calls the “sacred space” RAGE ROOM.

Watch the Trailer Here!

An Act of Terror (16 min)
Director: Ashley Paige Brim
Origin: USA
Description: The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.

Repercussion (4 min)
Director: Negin Homayounpour
Origin: Iran
Description: A family is watching a war movie, and they suddenly experience the same events.

Strangers Ourselves (19 min)
Director: Lora Murray
Origin: Canada
Description: Eighty-six-year-old Elizabeth Rapley, the filmmaker’s grandmother, has privately sponsored ninety-two refugees since 1979, helping resettle them in her longtime home of Ottawa, Canada. What are the challenges for the families who are accepting help and for those providing it? At a moment when the global refugee crisis burgeons, this short documentary moves beyond media stereotypes and sensationalism to explore the everyday lives of those offering and seeking refuge, and highlights the longtime social bonds that continue to sustain them.

Watch the Trailer Here!

4:30pm- Shorts Program: Regenerations

These films highlight stories about mothers, motherhood, and intergenerational relationships.  

The screening will be followed by a talkback with filmmakers.

Super Market (13 min)
Director: Rhonda Mitrani
Origin: USA
Description: Jasmine runs into a supermarket, sneaks an olive, and suddenly finds herself in an alternate universe where she is magically pregnant. Trapped in a market with bizarre baby products and shoppers with their own philosophy on how to survive, Jasmine has to find her own way out.

Girls Grow Up Drawing Horses (7 min)
Director: Joan Wind
Origin: USA
Description: A woman examines creativity, heteronormativity, and patriarchy through the lens of metaphors, poetry, and the life of her deceased grandmother.

Egg Day (10 min)
Director: Grasie Mercedes
Origin: USA
Description: Based on the real-life experiences of filmmakers Damien Fahey and Grasie Mercedes, Egg Day is a dark comedy about the egg retrieval process during a couple’s IVF.

Watch the Trailer Here!

Between Us Two (5 min)
Director: Wei Keong Tan
Origin: Singapore
Description: A gay son talks to his dead mother.

Breasts (18 min)
Director: Eva Contis
Origin: USA
Description: Raising a child on her own, Faryl doesn’t miss a beat. She balances the status quo of working and parenting, her days revolving around her swelling breasts that she must empty every few hours. When a male co-worker nags her about her breaks, a tired and frustrated Faryl explains to him that she must “pump her breasts”. When this innocent comment makes its way back to her boss, Faryl is not only slapped with a sexual harassment complaint, but her ability to pump at work is hampered, forcing her to wean her child prematurely and unsafely.

Mma Moetketsi (Mother of Moetketsi) (20 min)
Director: Reabetswe Moeti
Origin: South Africa
Description: On 16 August 2012, the South African police opened fire on striking miners at the Marikana Platinum Mine. 34 miners were killed and 78 wounded. Based on a true story, Mma Moeketsi’s only son was among the strikers – this is HER story.

6:15pm- Shorts Program: Exit Strategies

A collection of short films about finding your way out.

The screening will be followed by a talkback with filmmakers. ASL interpreters will be available for the talkback. The films in this shorts program are subtitled in English.

Please be advised that films in this program include discussion of domestic violence, anorexia, and self harm.

Belly of the Beast (11 min)
Director: Lilly Warren
Origin: USA
Description: An introverted inventor works in a desolate lab, using his scientific briefcase to create compact food extracts. When his boss confronts him about the state of business, the inventor increases productivity and discovers a new method extraction. This film communicates without the use language or dialogue and questions the ethics of experience.

Mani Cura (14 min)
Director: Gisela Savdie
Origin: Colombia/USA
Description: Based on real events, Mani Cura tells the stories that lie behind the lawns–and hands–of Colombia’s wealthiest women. Tere, the local manicurist who visits their homes, becomes the repository of confessions that reveal their lives are not what they appear to be.

We Were Hardly More Than Children (9 min)
Director: Cecelia Condit
Origin: USA
Description: We Were Hardly More Than Children tells an epic tale as lived by two women on a perilous journey through a world that has little concern for their survival.

Online Shopping (15 min)
Director: Ghasideh Golmakani
Origin: Iran
Description: A young woman is preparing  to continue her studies abroad. Before traveling, she tries to sell her belongings online. One of the customer is a man who behaves strangely.

Exit Strategy #4 (9 min)
Director: Kym McDaniel
Origin: USA
Description: A ritual that ends in goodbye. Stories about a girl who made herself puke as an alternative to death.

The Rabbit (15 min)
Director: Lana Vlady
Origin: Italy
Description: Young sprinter Maria has to face the greatest race of her life in order to reunite with her best friend and find a long lost connection to her mother.

8pm - Closing Night Feature Film: Bei Bei

Directors: Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz
Chicago Premiere
Origin: USA
Description: This high-stakes legal drama focuses on Bei Bei Shuai, a depressed, pregnant Chinese immigrant put on trial for the murder of her unborn child after attempting suicide. The case captivates the nation, and in particular the state of Indiana, as it sets a disturbing legal precedent for women who terminate their pregnancies, whether intentionally or not. Bei Bei’s situation shines a chilling light on the ongoing encroachment of women’s rights and the confluence of religious belief and medical practice.

Watch the Trailer Here!

Directors Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz will be present for a post-screening talkback.

10pm - Closing Night Party @ Bulldog Ale House

Celebrate three days of feminism and film at the Closing Night Party, located at Bulldog Ale House, 901 S State Street. We’ll have snacks on hand and plenty of great conversation.

Thank you so much to  our closing night party sponsor: