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A Courtship

A Courtship

2015 Amy Kohn 71 minutes US Documentary

A documentary about Christian Courtship, an alternative to dating that seeks to ensure physical and emotional purity until marriage. Kelly, a 33 year old virgin, renounces dating believing that her parents along with God should find her husband.

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Cailleach

Cailleach

2014 Rosie Hillman 14 minutes Scotland Short Documentary Subtitled

A portrait of Morag, age 86, who lives alone at the end of a track looking out to sea with her three cats and twelve sheep. She has lived here her whole life, following five generations of the family who came before her. Cailleach follows Morag’s simple and peaceful life as she contemplates her next chapter, shares her unique sense of independence and the connection she has to her wild island home.

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Can I Stay?

Can I Stay?

2015 Onyee Lo, Paige Carter 3.47 minutes US Animated Short

A heartwarming CGI short animated film about an apprehensive homeless girl who must traverse a dangerous, wintry city in order to escape her adorable pursuers.

Catch It

Catch It

2014 Radiant Lea Brassy 10 minutes Norway Documentary Subtitled

Accustomed to a life on the road, Léa Brassy’s nomadic surfing lifestyle takes a pause in Northern Norway. Trading in her bikini for a thick wetsuit, she connects with the surrounding mountains, Arctic surf, and simple living. Whether it’s paddling hard for a wave, or chasing after a passion – Léa reminds us that if the timing is right, we have to Catch It.

Chuck Norris vs. Communism

Chuck Norris vs. Communism

2015 Ilinca Calugareanu 83 minutes Romania Documentary Subtitled

In 1980s Romania, thousands of Western films smashed through the Iron Curtain opening a window into the free world for those who dared to look. A black-market VHS racketeer and a courageous female translator brought the magic of film to the people and sparked a revolution. Chuck Norris vs Communism uses hilarious film clips and beautifully staged re-enactments to bring to life the stories of these Stallone-loving, dictatorship-toppling movie fans.

 

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Coming Back to the Hoop

Coming Back to the Hoop

2014 Jane Pitman 92 minutes US Documentary

43 years ago Jane Pittman, a promising basketball star at her small town high school, ran off the court never to return … until now. Vowing to get into the best shape of her life, she is determined to play competitive ball again. She finds a passionate group of seniors who have decided to ‘wear out, before we rust out’ – choosing basketball over bingo, these women come together for much more than sports. ‘Coming Back To The Hoop’ is an inspirational film about the transformative power of basketball and the healing it brings when you connect with something larger than yourself and then give yourself over to the team.

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Dark Side of the Full Moon

Dark Side of the Full Moon

2014 Maureen Fura 75 minutes US Documentary

When motherhood meets mental health complications in America, no one is listening. Dark Side of the Full Moon delves into the unseen world of maternal mental health and uncovers the disconnect within the medical community to effectively screen, refer, and treat the 1.3 million mothers affected by postpartum depression each year, giving a face and voice to the countless women who have suffered in silence.

 

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Don’t Tell Anyone

Don’t Tell Anyone

2015 Mikaela Shiver 75 minutes US Documentary

Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: she is undocumented. In the shadows of an abusive past and a precarious future, undocumented immigrant activist Angy tells her extraordinary journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of the New York Times.

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Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

2015 Kim Longinotto 98 minutes US Documentary

Dreamcatcher takes us into a hidden world of prostitution through the eyes of one of its survivors; Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute who worked the streets of Chicago, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful advocate for change in her community. With warmth and humour, Brenda gives hope to those who have none.

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Driving with Selvi

Driving with Selvi

2015 Elisa Paloschi 72 minutes India Documentary Subtitled

Like many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, Selvi is forced to marry as a child. Her marriage is violent and abusive, and in deep despair, she escapes to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead, Selvi gets on the bus, choosing to live… and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver.  Through Selvi’s eyes, the audience is taken on an intimate journey of healing, overcoming obstacles, and fulfilling dreams.

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Dukhtar

Dukhtar

2014 Afia Nathaniel 93 minutes Pakistan Feature Subtitled

Two decades after her own forced marriage to a tribal leader, Allah Rakhi chooses to take her ten-year-old daughter and flee their home in the mountains of Pakistan on the evening of the girl’s marriage to a tribal leader. A deadly hunt for them begins.

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Finding June

Finding June

2013 Anna Schumacher 21 minutes US Short - Drama

Through the eyes of a deaf woman just diagnosed with breast cancer, we explore communication’s role in truly understanding one another.

First World Problems

First World Problems

2014 Hanna Maylett 7 minutes Finland Short - Comedy Subtitled

Losing a car in a car park can be the end of the world or the beginning of another.

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Flying Solo

Flying Solo

2015 Leslie von Pless 8 minutes US Documentary

92 year old Robina Asti, a WWII veteran and pilot, tells her story of living as a transgender woman since 1976 and her fight to be treated like any other widow, after her partner passes away.

From This Day Forward

From This Day Forward

2015 Sharon Shattuck 75 minutes US Documentary

From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with one of the most intimate of transformations. When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father’s transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother, Marcia, to accept, but her parents stayed together. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon’s wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents’ marriage survived the radical changes that threatened to tear the family apart.

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Grace Under Pressure

Grace Under Pressure

2014 Jen Moss 10 minutes UK Short Comedy

A comedy with supernatural elements, Grace Under Pressure explores the perception of women and success.

Hardy

Hardy

2015 Natasha Verma 73 minutes US Documentary

The inspirational, true story of an undefeated female boxer from Brooklyn, NY, who rises above the gender inequalities in professional boxing and aspires to become a world champion.

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Horizons

Horizons

2015 Eileen Hofer 67 minutes Cuba/Switzerland Documentary Subtitled

In run-down rehearsal rooms along the halls of the Grand Theatre of Havana, dancers Amanda and Viengsay dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to the demanding routine their discipline requires of them: that of classical ballet. Their every step and aspiration echo the great achievements of their predecessor, Alicia Alonso, the prima ballerina assoluta, still invincible at the grand age of 90.

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Joanna

Joanna

2014 Anita Kopacz 40 minutes Poland Short Documentary Subtitled

As she faces a terminal illness, the mother of a young son writes a blog in which she tries to leave a record of what she hopes to teach him. An incredibly beautiful, 2015 Oscar-nominated short.

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Junana (Seventeen)

Junana (Seventeen)

2014 Chantal Bertanlaffy 15 minutes Japan/Germany Short - Drama Subtitled

While on vacation in Japan, Alexandra and Charlotte’s friendship is tested when they befriend Daisuke, a Japanese boy.

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KERS

KERS

2015 Alexia Salingaros 5 minutes US Short - Bio

Braving the general public’s criticizing eye, KERS, a female graffiti artist, reveals her talents and takes us through the struggles she faces in her art form.

Liz in September

Liz in September

2014 Fina Torres 100 minutes Venezuela Feature - Drama Subtitled

Liz has known several things since she was a child:  that she is gay, that beauty is power, and that she would never be a victim. Diagnosed with cancer, and determined to enjoy the time she has left on earth, she hides her terminal disease from her friends. Along the way of her last months alive, Liz meets Eva, a straight woman whose car breaks down. Against all odds, the encounter between these two women changes their lives, setting new perspectives where love, life and death, away from morals, play as simple steps of nature.

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Love Between the Covers

Love Between the Covers

2015 Laurie Kahn-Leavitt 95 minutes US Documentary

For three years, directors follow the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love–while empowering others to do the same.

 

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Marathon

Marathon

2015 Lauren Smitelli 14 minutes US Short

A young woman with an unpromising future sets out to find someone from her past—but soon realizes the difficulty of her quest.

Mavis!

Mavis!

2015 Jessica Edwards 80 minutes US Documentary

Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries, Mavis! is the first feature documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. Now 75 years old, Mavis’ journey reveals insight into her struggles, successes, intimate stories, and a way of life which has kept her true to her roots, inspiring millions along the way.

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Mustang

Mustang

2015 Deniz Gamze Ergüven 100 minutes Turkey/France Feature Drama Subtitled

In early summer, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The perceived immorality of this play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school, and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.

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Olmo and the Seagull

Olmo and the Seagull

2015 Petra Costa, Lea Glob 87 minutes Brazil Feature Subtitled

Olivia, a free-spirited stage actress preparing for a starring role in a theatrical production of Chekhovs, “The Seagull,” discovers she is pregnant, and embarks on an existential, labyrinthal journey through her own mind.  Olmo and the Seagull allows us access to the inner world of one woman, and the increasingly blurred lines between theatrical performance and reality.

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Raising Ryland

Raising Ryland

2015 Sarah Feeley 13 minutes US Short Documentary

An intimate look at parenting with no strings attached, Raising Ryland focuses on the transgender experience as lived by a deaf 6-year-old and his two loving parents. See what happens when a boy who cannot hear teaches the world to listen.

Something Better to Come

Something Better to Come

2015 Hanna Polak 80 minutes Russia Documentary Subtitled

Ten-year-old Yula has but one dream – to lead a normal life. For 14 years, director Hanna Polak follows Yula as she grows up in the forbidden territory of Svalka, the garbage dump where Yula and her community live — a huge mountain of trash, 17 stories high and stretching for over 2 miles. Although life is grim and dismal for the Svalka’s inhabitants, it also has a way of bringing out the best in people.

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Stuff

Stuff

2015 Suzanne Guacci 98 minutes US Feature - Drama

With two beautiful young daughters and a house in the suburbs, married couple Trish and Deb Murdoch have built what should be a perfect life together. But after 14 years, Deb and Trish are miles apart–emotionally and in their king-size bed–finding themselves in a mid-life crisis where grief and attraction threaten their domestic world.

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Suzy Lake: Playing with Time

Suzy Lake: Playing with Time

2014 Annette Mangaard 62 minutes US Documentary

Suzy Lake, one of the seminal feminist artists to evolve out of the heyday of the 1960s, makes art that addresses politics, gender and issues of youth, beauty and aging while reflecting on her own journey through time. Interviews with Lucy Lippard, Connie Butler, Mary Beth Edelson, Martha Wilson, Barbara Astman and Lisa Steele tell a story of how much has changed in the worlds of feminism and art and yet how much things remain the same.

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The Empowerment Project

The Empowerment Project

2014 Sarah Moshman 99 minutes US Documentary

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?” With this question, five female filmmakers set out on a roadtrip across America to interview 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries.  Driving over 7,000 miles in 30 days, these filmmakers relay candid insight on how women define their success, what it takes to be a woman in power, and valuable advice on how to improve the female role in the workplace, in a quest to inspire the next generation of strong women.

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The Face of Ukraine

The Face of Ukraine

2015 Kitty Green 7 minutes Ukraine Short - Drama Subtitled

Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from all over a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of a national hero whose tears of joy once united their troubled country, the gold-winning figure skater Oksana Baiul.

The Gnomist

The Gnomist

2015 Sharon Liese 19 minutes US Short - Fantasy

The Gnomist is a true story about the mysterious appearance of fairy homes in a suburban forest and the magical experience shared by three women.

 

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The Wonders

The Wonders

2015 Alice Rohrwacher 111 minutes Feature - Drama Subtitled

A family of beekeepers living in the Tuscan countryside finds their household disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family. Both intrusions are of particular interest to the eldest daughter, Gelsomina, who is struggling to find her footing in the world.

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Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light)

Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light)

2015 Jennifer Redfearn 72 minutes US Documentary Subtitled

Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light) weaves three stories – all set in the blind community of Havana, Cuba – into a tale of personal independence. As Lis, Milly, and Margarita each face family problems and heartbreak, their dependence on others turns out to be a double-edged sword. From the music halls of Havana to a cinema club for the blind, their stories reveal both the pain and the joys of fighting for yourself.  

 

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While You Weren’t Looking

While You Weren’t Looking

2015 Catherine Stewart 104 minutes South Africa Feature - Drama

South Africa led the world with its all embracing Constitution, granting homosexuals unprecedented freedoms and rights. This feature, produced by The Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, takes a look at South Africa through the lives and experiences of a cross section of Cape Town queers. Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa. But, have these freedoms guaranteed them happiness?

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Women In Sink

Women In Sink

2015 Iris Zaki 38 minutes Israel Short Documentary Subtitled

In an Arab hair salon in Israel, the director installs a camera over the washing-basin. As she washes their hair, she converses candidly with the salon’s clients -Arabs and Jews – on Israeli politics, life and love

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WARNING: The films in the Women's Film Festival should generally be considered "for mature audiences only" and are not meant for young children. Please use your own judgment, but we suggest assuming all of the films are at least PG-13+.