Films Synposes & Trailers
3 Days2018 Julie Sharbutt 11 minutes US Short Drama
When three women friends sense danger on a camping trip, they keep each other laughing until a horrible twist makes them feel more alone than ever.
7 Planets2018 Milda Baginskaite 6 minutes Short
A tale of one girl’s dream to escape Planet Earth.Watch the trailer
A Great Ride2018 Deborah Craig & Veronica Deliz 23 minutes US Short Doc
A look at older lesbians who live in an LGBTQ-friendly retirement community in Santa Rosa—aging with dynamism and zest for life, determination, and humor.Watch the trailer
Ask for Jane2018 Rachel Carey 108 minutes US Feature
BASED ON A TRUE STORY – Chicago, 1969 – A world where abortion is punishable by prison, and getting birth control is nearly impossible. When a pregnant student at the University of Chicago attempts to take her own life, Rose and Janice find a doctor willing to perform the procedure in secret to save the woman’s life. Sparked by this experience, Rose and Janice form the Jane Collective: a secret organization to help other women obtain safe and illegal abortions. Operating like a spy network, complete with blindfolds and code names, the Janes help thousands of women – but they can’t hide from the police forever.Watch the trailer
Birdie2018 Shelly Lauman 8 minutes US Short Doc
A woman walks alone to the train station. As she descends the stairs to the underground platform she smiles at a young man, he smiles back. With the smallest of gestures, the woman becomes caught in a subtle and sinister game.Watch the trailer
Cafe Abundance2018 Emily McGregor 9 minutes US Short Comedy
When Ashley realizes society has been selling her nothing but bullshit her entire life, she completely loses it in the middle of an artisanal restaurant. This story begs the question: does kale quinoa make you feel empowered? NO. OF COURSE, IT DOESN’T.
Counterfeit Kunkoo2017 Reema Sengupta 15 minutes India Short Drama Subtitled
In a city overflowing with buildings, Smita must find herself a house to rent. She is hard-working, honest and respectful – the ideal tenant – except for one glaring flaw. She is a middle-class Indian woman without a husband. An intimate perspective on the identity of the ‘Ideal Indian Female’ in urban India of today.Watch the trailer
Dykes, Camera, Action2018 Caroline Berler 58 minutes US
Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they’ve expressed queer identity through film.Watch the trailer
Freaks of Nurture2018 Alexandra Lemay 6 minutes Canada Short Animated
A stop-motion film about a mother-daughter relationship bursting at the seams with babies, poodles and flying spaghetti.Watch the trailer
Girl-Hearted2017 Anne Scheschonk 37 minutes Germany Short Doc Subtitled
Nori, a 7-year-old child who was assigned a male gender at birth but defines herself as female, and her mother, Josephin reflect on their experiences together and on the ways they’ve traversed society’s expectations of them—and, perhaps more importantly, their own expectations of one another. A film about being a girl.Watch the trailer
Girls Section2018 Kathryn Everett 12 minutes Pakistan Short Doc Subtitled
Life is hard in remote northern Pakistan – especially for women, who face significant cultural, economic, and geographic barriers to opportunity and education. Despite their difficulties, a quiet revolution is growing. For the first time, girls in the region are challenging tradition for their right to go to school.
In Reality2018 Ann Lupo 89 minutes US Feature
Enter the fantastical mind of a young woman in love – Ann is consumed by the fantasy of finding true love. Just when she thinks she’s found it, she is friend-zoned. The disappointment of rejection sends her into an obsessive downward spiral that tests the limits of her sanity and the strength of her closest friendship. In order to reclaim her bearings on reality, she confronts her overgrown fantasies by making a film about the experience. The result is a vulnerable, hilarious, and vibrantly stylized investigation of love.Watch the trailer
In the Name of Your Daughter2018 Giselle Portenier 84 minutes UK/Tanzania Documentary Subtitled
Heartbreaking and heartwarming, the award-winning In The Name Of Your Daughter tells the story of Tanzanian girls as young as eight who have to make the most difficult choice of their young lives: whether to submit to female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage or risk their lives and run away from home, not knowing if they’ll ever see their families again.Watch the trailer
Instructions on Parting2018 Amy Jenkins 95 minutes US
Visual artist Amy Jenkins presents a portrait of the cyclical nature of life and death. As she navigates the emotional transition into motherhood, she must also make sense of the untimely passing of several members from her immediate family.
*A brief Q&A with creator and director Amy Jenkins will follow this showing.*
This film presented with support from Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital.Watch the trailer
Lovesick2018 Ann S. Kim & Priya Giri Desai 74 minutes India Subtitled
In India, where marriage is a must but AIDS carries a stigma, what are HIV-positive people to do? 72-year-old Dr. Suniti Solomon, who discovered India’s first case of HIV 25 years ago, has found a way to help HIV positive patients find partners and meet societal expectations by taking on a new role: marriage matchmaker. Like other Indian matchmakers, Dr. Solomon matches by religion, education, and income; but she also matches by white blood cell counts and viral loads. For her, this isn’t just about romance – it’s a way to stem the spread of HIV and fight stigma.
This film presented with support from AIDS Project of Southern Vermont.Watch the trailer
My Big White Thighs & Me2017 Hannah Maia 25 minutes UK Short Doc
My Big White Thighs encourages us all to turn down the volume on the demands of the world and to celebrate the quiet heroism of a female life and it’s body. A story about womanhood, miscarriage, healing, loving your own skin & freezing your bum off in cold water.Watch the trailer
Netizens2018 Cynthia Lowen 96 minutes US
NETIZENS exposes the proliferation of cyber harassment faced by women, spreading from the web to the most intimate corners of their lives. As the internet becomes the next frontier of civil rights, this feature documentary follows three women who are targets of harassment, along with advocates, legal experts and others, as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online.Watch the trailer
On Her Shoulders2018 Alexandria Bombach 94 minutes Italy Subtitled
Twenty-three-year-old Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people, even when at times she longs to lay aside this monumental burden and simply have an ordinary life.
This film presented with support from School for International Training.Watch the trailer
Over the Limit2017 Marta Prus 74 minutes Poland/Germany Subtitled
Over the Limit shows how the successful Russian system for training athletes transgresses boundaries. Elite rhythmic gymnast Rita Mamun has reached a crucial moment in her career. She’s soon to retire, but has one final goal set out for her: winning Olympic gold. A nail-biting behind-the-scenes drama about the intense physical and mental labor put into a sport that thrives on its beautiful aesthetics.What does it mean to live constantly under the pressure of expectations?Watch the trailer
Pumpkin Movie2017 Sophy Romvari 10 minutes US Short Drama
When two long-time friends call each other over Skype to continue their annual Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins together, they swap stories of negative encounters with men, both first- and secondhand, in this frank window into the pervasive nature of gender inequality.
Queen of Hearts2018 Malene Flindt Pedersen 84 minutes Denmark Subtitled
“Queen of Hearts” revolves around one of the most powerful women in Denmark – Lizette Risgaard – the President of The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, the first woman in charge of the Danish labor movement. Over the last years the Confederation has lost 500.000 members. But with her belief in community, solidarity and her atypical leadership style, Lizette jumps into the fight for decency and justice. In this film we’re at the center of political power and decision making, where every member makes up the community and every vote can tip the scale for – or against – solidarity.
Radium Girls2018 Lydia Dean Pilcher, Ginny Mohler US Drama
Set in an era when radium was sold as a cure-all miracle potion, a group of factory workers advocate for safer work conditions after some of their colleagues become ill from radium exposure. Based on true events, teenage sisters, Bessie and Jo, paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at the American Radium Factory in New Jersey, in the late 1920’s. When girls mysteriously begin to fall ill, Bessie Cavallo stands up to the corporation in a radical coming of age story.
This film presented with support from Trust Company of Vermont.
Rafiki2018 Wanuri Kahiu 83 minutes Kenya/US Feature - Drama Subtitled
Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.Watch the trailer
Salam2018 Claire Fowler 14 minutes UK/US Short Drama
A female Lyft driver has to navigate the night shift in NYC while waiting to hear life or death news from Syria.
Sookee – Of Seahorses and Closets2018 Kerstin Polte 34 minutes Germany Documentary Subtitled
An intimate portrait of Sookee, a queer-feminist Hip Hop Artist and left-wing activist in Germany, who has been fighting against sexism, homophobia and racism especially in German hip-hop.
Her life and thoughts revolve always around her message: Tolerance and love instead of discrimination and stereotyping. Honesty instead of arrogance. Diversity instead of binary thinking.
The Cleaner2018 Demitra Papadinis 3 minutes US Short Comedy
A woman must face all the challenges and terrors caused by an imminent visit from her mother.
*A brief Q&A with creator Demitra Papadinis (and her mother!) will follow this showing.*
The Feeling of Being Watched2018 Assia Boundaoui 84 minutes US Documentary
When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community.Watch the trailer
The Great Unknown2018 Anna Jones 15 minutes US Short Drama
When a woman (Desirée Matthews) experiences a miscarriage, she arrives at her grandmother’s (Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis) door seeking a witness to her profound grief. As the two women struggle to find their way through this devastating loss, the ancient power of sisterhood is revealed in the sacred bond they share. Inspired by untold stories often endured alone in silence, ‘The Great Unknown’ offers a deep questioning of, and eventual surrender to, the vast mysteries of life.
*A brief Q&A with screenwriter, actor, and executive producer Desirée Matthews will follow this showing.
This film presented with support from Brattleboro Area Hospice, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019.Watch the trailer
The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution2018 Maya Gallus 75 minutes Canada
It takes a brazen personality to excel in the competitive sport of professional cooking. A woman can only ascend the ranks if she can take the heat. Meet seven women chefs at the forefront of a “revolution.”Watch the trailer
The Mirnavator2017 Sarah Menzies 11 minutes US Short Doc
Teacher, blogger and mom Mirna Valerio is an endurance runner whose weekends are packed with marathons, 50Ks and other races. But she doesn’t fit into the typical mold of ultra-runner; Mirna is black, and she’s not stick thin. Which means that along with being a runner, she is a great stereotype exploder. It can be a harsh world of cruel internet trolls and insensitive competitors, but where others might relent, Mirna keeps her head up. She chooses to focus instead on the freedom, joy and feeling of accomplishment. As she puts it, “my body got this.”
Film presented with support from Girls on the Run Vermont.
The Rest I Make Up2018 Michelle Memran 79 minutes US Documentary
Maria Irene Fornes is one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many know her only as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage, writing over 40 plays and winning nine Obie Awards. When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off.
This film presented with support from The Thompson House.Watch the trailer
Threads2017 Torill Kove 8 minutes Canada Short Animated
In her latest animated short, Academy Award®-winning director Torill Kove explores the beauty and complexity of parental love, the bonds that we form over time, and the ways in which they stretch and shape us.
This film presented with support from Vermont Jazz Center.Watch the trailer
What Happened to Evie2018 Kate Cheeseman 11 minutes Ireland Short Drama
A schoolgirl’s splintered memories of a sexual assault reveal a reality that when revisited from an alternative perspective uncovers a very different truth.Watch the trailer
Wild Woman2018 Vanessa Sweet 4 minutes US Short Animated
Wild Woman is an animated poem to mankind which invokes current world issues such as drone-strikes and religious persecution in a plea for empathy. Scenes transform and melt as the animator also explores her personal struggle of becoming a mother and identifying as such in our current social and political climate.Watch the trailer
Yellow is Forbidden2018 Pietra Brettkelly 97 minutes New Zealand/China Biography/Documentary
A modern day Cinderella story where the brave, diminutive and daring heroine’s dream doesn’t end at the ball – China’s Guo Pei is chasing every designer’s fantasy – to become part of the exclusive yet savage world of Haute Couture. Set within the new China, YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN is a feature documentary encompassing contemporary global power dynamics and the opposition between art and commerce, looking back at the history of couture all wrapped around the beauty of fashion.
Watch the trailer