FESTIVAL FILMINISTES – The fourth edition of the Filministes Festival will be held online from March 4 to 12

Since the festival is not able to be held in cinemas, it will offer the public the opportunity to
to view the entire 2021 program for online for free.

The fourth edition of the Filministes Festival will be held online from March 4 to 12 and will be completely free! The programming devoted to women and under-represented people in the film industry includes 5 feature films and 6 thematic blocks totalling 50 short films from here and abroad. Head to the independent documentary-making platform, Tenk the documentaries and films.

Reproductive justice, love, the sexist and racist biases of artificial intelligence, lesbianism and ageing, the use of cinema as an act of healing, migration stories are all angles through which the festival wishes to open dialogue on contemporary feminist perspectives.

In addition to the film programming, there are five panel discussions on the issues presented by the feature films, a masterclass on Afrofeminism with French director Amandine Gay, three virtual art residencies bringing together visual artist Moule, comedian Naïla and filmmaker Kijâtai-Alexandra Veillette-Cheezo on our Instagram page, a roundtable on art in times of pandemic, as well as a fundraiser in the form of a bingo featuring feminist cinema.   

5 feature films and as many discussions


Adventurous: Browse Kuururjuaq
Traversées by Caroline Côté and Florence Pelletier

Documentary presented from March 4 to 12 on The | Discussion with Christine Bérubé-Martin and Florence Pelletier on March 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Facebook page of the Filminists Festival


Presented for free for the first time, The documentary Traversées (2020) by Florence Pelletier and Caroline Côté follows five women as they attempt to travel 160 kilometres in Quebec’s Far North. Their motivations to go on an adventure are many: to grieve, to surpass oneself, to find one’s roots, to make a film. Faced with the various trials, they meet, listen to each other, forming a unity that owes its survival and the success of its expedition to oneself as well as to others. The challenges of this crossing will be addressed by the director Florence Pelletier and by the protagonist of the documentary Christine Bérubé-Martin in a discussion moderated by Edith Perrault. 

Reproductive Justice:
Nia Mama by Andrea Testa

Documentary presented from March 4 to 12 on Tenk | Discussion with Rose Chabot and Caroline Protat on March 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the FilmInists Festival Facebook page


While Argentina legalized abortion on December 30th, Nia Mama shows that the fight is not necessarily won: the fear and shame of abortion are deeply rooted in Argentine society. Filmed during consultations in a public hospital in Argentina, this documentary in shades of grey gives way to the words of women who have lived or are living a pregnancy in adolescence. These intimate and sincere conversations, imbued with benevolence, make us face up to our own privileges and rights, and allow us to put into perspective the recent legalization of the right to abortion in Argentina. 

Becoming visible: lesbianism and aging
La Nave del Olvido by Nicol Ruiz

Presented from March 4 to 12 on Tonk | Discussion with Marianne Chbat and Denise Veilleux on March 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the FilmInists Festival Facebook page
 

From Monique Wittig to Audre Lorde to Adrienne Rich, feminist theorists have long emphasized the invisibility of lesbians in different spheres of society. In recent years, more and more LGBTQIA2S stories have appeared in cinema. However, there is still a blind spot: where are older lesbians? The Nave del Olvido manages to make visible two realities too often erased: the sexuality of older women and lesbian relationships.

Borrowing the codes of a coming-of-age, La Nave del Olvido follows the tortuous path, from invisibility to affirmation, of Claudina, an elderly woman from the Chilean countryside who develops feelings of love for her neighbor. With dreamlike photography, director Nicol Ruiz brings to the screen an intimate and transformative journey from a discovery of the once-buried lesbian desire. Through a series of trials – lesbophobia, mourning and precariousness – a path to freedom is gently woven.

The hidden side of data: the ethics of artificial intelligence
Coded Bias (USA, 2020) by Shalini Kantayya

Presented from March 4 to 12 on Tonk | Discussion with Valentine Goddard, Francine Verrier, hosted by Fatima Gabriela Salazar Gomez on March 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Facebook page of the Filminists Festival

Coded Bias is an essential documentary in this Covidian era where our web practices have been transformed and intensified. As our lives are increasingly governed by the diversity of technologies that make up artificial intelligence (AI), this film demonstrates how advances in AI – developed mostly by white men – are being invested through sexist and racist biases. Thus, while these technologies can make our lives easier or advance science at a phenomenal rate, they pose serious ethical questions about their development and use, which remains very unregulated.

Through the struggle of computer scientists and activists fighting to protect our civil rights, Coded Bias poses two key questions: what is the impact of AI’s growing role on respect for our rights and freedoms? And what are the consequences for people against whom AI is biased?


Exposure: Breaking the cycle of injuries
Morgana (Australia, 2019) by Josie Hess and Isabel Peppard

Presented from March 4 to 12 on Tonk | Discussion with Maria Nengeh Mensah and Mathilde Capone on March 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Facebook page of the Filminists Festival

How do you regain power over your body? How does cinema allow a reinvention of oneself? Can film practice be part of a healing process? The documentary Morgana follows a fifty-year-old who, after several decades of existing in a norm that made her suffer, leaves her husband and children. Rather than end her life as she first intended, she began to explore her sexuality and direct it in short films that she scripted and performed. Transposing with sincerity her desires, but also her wounds on screen, Morgana creates a series of powerful and poetic films. 

Providing access to Morgana’s work and inspiring journey, this documentary sensitively addresses issues such as mental health, the precariousness of creators and the healing power of art. Morgana proves that it’s never too late to go in pursuit of your dreams, and stresses the importance of being part of a community where you can be who you are, without compromise. 


Short films

Presented on Tenk from March 4 to 12

The importance given to short films in programming is intended to enhance this type of cinematic work. Each of these sessions demonstrates the multiplicity of forms in which women’s issues can be raised. This year 6 thematic blocks comprising 50 short films will be presented. What we inherit presents a reflection on the cultural, family, political and feminist heritage while the ❤ block Love ❤ given way to the manifestations of self-love, of the other, love of nature, of one’s body. Then, the Filminis: Focus on adolescence brings together films for all, from the age of 13, who approach this pivotal moment in our lives. Fear in memory revisits the expression of fear in cinema as the Migration Stories block highlights the voices of political refugees, economic immigrants, adopted or second-generation immigrants.
 


Filminounes: pornographic pleasures

Naughty Fridays – March 5 and 12, 2021 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Following the success of the Filminounes evening in the 2020 edition, Les Filminounes are back in the form of two evenings of live viewing. With this session, we want to think about the possibilities of feminist pornography. It raises many emotions and criticisms irretrievably dividing feminists: stereotyped visions, sexual violence, phallocentrism, exploitations, etc. With this naughty session, we want to make way for aesthetic approaches that move the points of view out of the traditional scenario. Sign up here to receive the viewing link.

Warning: Movies feature uns simulated explicit sexuality scenes. Nudity and orgasms at the rendezvous. 18 years old and over


PARALLEL ACTIVITIES

OPENING NIGHT AND FUNDRAISER: FILM BINGO

March 4 at 7:30 p.m. | Tickets for the opening night: $20 (including a bingo card)

On the programme this evening: word from the collective of artistic direction and film bingo. No more church basements, welcome bingo 2.0 on ZOOM that transforms the codes of a classic! Instead of letters and numbers (I22, O74), your cards will be filled with feminist films from here and elsewhere. Prizes that will give you weak knees are to be expected, a pedalo perhaps, who knows?

Encourage the sustainability of the Filministes Festival by taking part in this opening night hosted by director Marilou Caravecchia-Pelletier!


MASTER CLASS with Amandine Gay, hosted by Nantali Indongo

March 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Free – on registration – rebroadcast on Facebook

Afrofeminist activist, actress and director Amandine Gay will present her work and reflections in a virtual master class. After her inescapable documentary Ouvrir la voix (2017), which explored the experience of difference as a black woman and the specific clichés associated with it, Amandine Gay continues to explore issues related to colonialism and intersectionality in Une histoire à soi (scheduled for release in 2021). In this archival documentary, based on the testimonies of adopted persons, she questions the class relationships underlying the practice of international adoption. Intersectionality, adoption, Afrofeminism and cinema will be discussed in this master class led by CBC cultural journalist Nantali Indogo. Sign up here.


ROUNDTABLE: ZOOMING IN ON DIGITAL ART

March 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Free – upon registration

The year 2020 marked a digital shift: artists had to use ingenuity to transpose an experience anchored in a physical space online. How do we think about this transition from the arts to digital? Should it be considered temporary or permanent? How does it affect artistic practices? What are the benefits and what are the issues? To discuss these issues, we invited our three artists-in-residence and other feminist artists to a roundtable discussion to share their experiences of the virtual in their artistic practices. Sign up here.


Jury members and prizes to support the next generation in film
Miryam Charles
Clarisse Charrier
Ariane Louis-Seize

With the help of Post-Moderne, two scholarships worth $2500.00 respectively will be awarded to the two best short films in our Quebec selection. The public award will be presented by ALS and will be valued at $2,500 in equipment rentals.


Rates

All films (with the exception of Filminounes) are available free of charge on Tonk from 4 to 12 MarchFilminounes – March 5 and 12 at 9 p.m.

Accessible: $0
Regular: $8
Solidarity: $15
Opening Night and Fundraising – Film Bingo

Tickets for the opening night: $20

Information:www.festivalfilministes.com

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