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are our mothers
Louisiana | Directed by Riley Teahan 5 minExperimental, Documentary

Will we become our mothers?

Dear Elsa: 10 Letters + 10 Experiments
USA | Directed by Amanda Madden 32 minExperimental

Through a series of channeling experiments and personal letters, filmmaker, Amanda Madden, attempts to embody and communicate with the ghost of the radical avant garde artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven about sex, art, and madness.

Morning Steph
Poland/Louisiana | Directed by Maja Holzinger 13 minDrama

Stephanie wakes up after a night of partying and decides she can’t do this anymore. Sticking to this resolution proves challenging as throughout the day a series of seemingly innocent choices, step by step, send her spiraling right back into her chaotic habits. Stephanie balances on the thin line that separates innocent fun from indulging in addiction.

Ukraine | Directed by Kateryna Gornostai 30 minDrama

May. Lilacs blossom in Kyiv. Five friends look for lilac’s cinquefoil to eat for good luck. Fear. You need to be brave to face your fears, but you need to be even more courageous to talk about them with those who are closest. Everyone dies in their own way.

Online Panel: Self Preservation Self Care as a Political Act
Friday, Nov 6, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Many conversations focus on lack of access for female, BIPOC, and LGBTQ filmmakers in the male-dominated film industry. We reframe: how do we self care and self preserve? Collectively, personally. From the subjects of their films, to personal experiences making non-male centered cinema, how does care become a kind of political activism? And how as a community can we foster ways to embed care into the paradigm of how we uphold and support one another to bring new visions and voices to cinema?

All event times are Central Time.

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 rituals of reclamation Poster

From femicides and the Ni Una Menos, movement in Mexico, to reflection on violence toward and celebration of Black life in America, to Kachin and Rohingya refugees fleeing war in Myanmar and the resilience of female inmates of Baabda prison in Lebanon, this collection of films expose urgent violations of human rights while revealing the transformative potential for transcending oppression through ritual and performance, ceremony and pop culture.

The feature film Scheherazade’s Diary is part of this block.

  visions in the dark Poster

Two films that unveil the mystery, humor, pain and pleasure of human desire.

Transgressing the esoteric and the erotic, the films in this series trace pleasure through memory and the imagination while interweaving geo-political conversations with embodied narratives and magical realism.

The feature film Leakage is part of this block.

36 Hours Poster

36 Hours

part of our bodies, our shadows | Louisiana

An unusual combination of disorientation and euphoria occurs in the hours leading up to the birth of expectant mother Angelle’s first child. Weaving immersive verite filmmaking and expressionistically captured movement sequences this tender document of quiet love, celebrates the natural processes of life and the labor in existence. 36 Hours is an intimate visceral journey through one of our most universal experiences: the process of birth.



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