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La Flaca (The Bony Lady)
Mexico | Directed by Thiago Zanato & Adriana Barbosa 20 minDocumentary, Experimental

La Flaca is a film about Arely Vazquez, a transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) Cult in Queens, New York. During her yearly celebration to the Bony Lady (“La Flaca” as she likes to call her), Arely faces a lot of challenges to fulfill a promise she made ten years ago.

Only available to watch in the US.

When La Rumorosa Quiets
Mexico | Directed by Patricia Montoya 17 minDrama

Lucia Octavio is forced to confront with outspoken determination, aggressors who threaten her at the end of an all-night bus ride along a rocky border highway. Through a fusion of genres, this short is a stirring and tense meditation on the retributions women face when they experience sexual violence and dare to speak out about it. Based on a play by Gilda Bona.

Driving While Black Magic
USA | Directed by Julia C Liu 8 minDrama

In the absurdist world of Providence Plantations, Nadege works to decolonize her thoughts through daily rituals for affirmation. While driving home from her job at the sleep lab, she tries to block out news of another state sanctioned killing. After narrowly missing a run in with police, the line between reality and a waking nightmare begins to blur. Based on a play by Vatic Tayari Kuumba.

Double Up
Directed by Francesca Penzani 15 minDrama

Based on a dream to bring two women together to create a collaboration that celebrates the joy of being alive, Double Up (Two Women) is a powerful intergenerational conversation, through music and dance: Nedra Wheeler on bass and voice, and Kyreeana Breelin tap dance.

Mother, Daughter, Sister
Myanmar | Directed by Jeanne Hallacy 28 minDocumentary

A documentary about the Burmese military’s practice of using rape as a weapon of war and the survivors quest for justice and peace. It gives voice to Kachin and Rohingya refugees calling for an end to sexual violence in conflict through four women - a counselor working with survivors of state sexual violence in Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, a teenage survivor, and the sister and mother of two Kachin teachers who were killed.

6 : An Unbirth
Louisiana | Directed by Natalita, Riley Teahan 24 min

6: An Unbirth is a creation story, and a completely independent, guerrilla film, created in collaboration with the terrain and artists of Louisiana. At night through her subconscious, a woman meets a Mud Ancestor who awakens her memory to her inherent magic and divinity. It is the prologue to a forever journey of healing. A woman’s odyssey to mend the broken bonds between human and nature, Goddess and self.

Online Panel: Reclamation and Resilience
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A panel on the role reclamation & resilience plays in situations of violence towards female & female-identifying bodies. With Sarah Mosely, Senior Technical Advisor, Women's Protection & Empowerment at International Rescue Committee & Jesse Nieblas, Director of Education & Prevention at Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault. Panel looks at Jeanne Hallacy’s film on survivors of rape in refugee camps in Bangladesh in Mother, Daughter, Sister & rise of femicides & subsequent movement Ni Una Menos in Mexico referenced in Patricia Montoya’s film When La Rumorosa Quiets.

All event times are Central Time.

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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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