Trapped in Liminality: Tinatin Kajrishvili’s Brides Challenges Women’s Role in the Family

Brides_StillTinatin Kajrishvili’s first feature film, Brides (Patardzlebi, Georgia, 2014) is an unusual and unpredictable story of a limitless love in an unforgiving world. The film challenges the strength and survival of passionate love between Nusta (Mari Kitia), a young Georgian mother, and her husband Goga (Giorgi Maskharashvili), a man carrying out his seven-year prison sentence in Tbilisi. Their relationship is put to a test when Nutsa realizes Goga is not the only one trapped in a box. Nutsa is forced to push the boundaries of her commitment to the man she loves, and must reconcile with the anguish of waiting in the unknown. Continue reading

Genius In The Wild – Nell Shipman’s Story at #VIWIFF2016

Nell Shipman dog lake shot95 years ago, she drove dogsleds, pioneered the nude scene and insisted in the human treatment of her animals’ co-stars. She lost everything but heart. And then she vanished . . .  Continue reading

Life on Hold: Renee Beaulieu’s Adrien (Le Garagiste) at #VIWIFF2016

Pierre-Yves Cardinal et Michel Dumont - photo L+®a Parent-PothierAdrien (Le Garagiste) is a compelling story about a 50-year-old garage owner in the small town of Trois-Pistoles, Quebec, coping with kidney failure. With a supportive, loving wife by his side, he endures 12 hours of dialysis a week, hoping for the donated kidney that will give him back the quality of life he has lost, yet so richly deserves.

Renee Beaulieu’s beautiful storytelling shares with the viewer a glimpse into a life on hold. It relates the painful daily monotony of the extraordinary measures western medicine provides to keep a broken body alive. But it also asks: to what end?  Continue reading

11th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival lineup

Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is delighted to announce the lineup for the 11th Annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, #VIWIFF2016, March 8th – 13th at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre.

Two local features, Siobhan Devine’s The Birdwatcher and Melanie JonesFSM, will have their hometown premieres.

Camille Sullivan as Saffron

Camille Sullivan as Saffron in The Birdwatcher

The Birdwatcher stars Camille Sullivan as a single mother diagnosed with cancer, who embarks on a journey to re-connect with her estranged birth mother, played by Gabrielle Rose.  Continue reading

Fanarchy: A Feature Documentary by Donna Davies About Fanaticism, Fantasy and Film

Cosplayers Maria Brine and Zack Young at Hal-Con, Halifax, Nova Scotia during the filming of Fanarchy.

Cosplayers Maria Brine and Zack Young at Hal-Con, Halifax, Nova Scotia during the filming of Fanarchy.

Even before she agreed to meet with me, I imagined that interviewing Halifax-based filmmaker Donna Davies was going to be a magical experience. The writer/producer/director is known for her factual tales of all things genre, with documentaries such as Nightmare Factory and Pretty Bloody: the Women of Horror. She has recently ventured into a different aspect of genre with her 2015 documentary Fanarchy, which explores the phenomenon of the fan film, particularly in the sci-fi/comic book world. With the WIFTV genre contest #FromOurDarkSide on the horizon, I was thrilled to find an excuse to sit down and speak with her. Continue reading

Petals in the Dust – Exploring Gender Violence in India

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The Vancouver Int’l South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) presents Nyna Pais Caputi‘s Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls, a feature documentary about the cultural origins of female genocidal crime in modern India.

“I needed to create this film for myself, and for people like me who didn’t realize the magnitude,” says director and producer Caputi in a sit-down interview with WIFTV member Christine BissonnetteContinue reading

Elizabeth Yake presents environmental Doc Hadwin’s Judgement at Hot Docs

Doug Chapman is Grant Hadwin in Hadwin's Judgement

Doug Chapman is Grant Hadwin in Hadwin’s Judgement

Producer and WIFTV member Elizabeth Yake and Director Sasha Snow enter a controversial and relevant conversation with their documentary Hadwin’s Judgement, which premieres at the 2015 Hot Docs Festival. Continue reading

Into every nook and crevice – Audrey Estrougo’s Behind Closed Doors opens up a debate on sexism, injustice and violence

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Behind Closed Doors (Une Histoire Banale, France 2014) is precisely what its original French title describes – an ordinary story.

Nathalie, a 30-year-old living in Paris, leads a simple and pleasant life. She gets along with her colleagues, often goes out with friends, and plans to move in with her loving fiancé. With a happy and prosperous future ahead of her, she could not ask for more in her small, quaint life. However, a night out with a co-worker changes Nathalie’s life as she knows it, and she is forced to face a new self she did not know could exist.

The film follows Nathalie through the aftermath of the violence done to her. Continue reading