Missing Indigenous women, queer art, feminist pornography, celibacy, wartime medecine and political dissent on the program

For a third year, Festival Filministes confidently puts forward
a program entirely dedicated to women and under-represented people in the film
industry. From March 4 to 8 2020, Festival Filministes will flood Ausgang
Plaza, Theatre Plaza and Cinema Moderne with its screenings of 5 feature films
and 36 short films, including both local and foreign pictures.

festival wishes to open the dialogue on contemporary feminist perspectives,
approaching different angles through the topics of missing Indigenous women and
girls, wartime medecine, queer representations in art, feminist pornography,
celibacy and political dissent.

addition to the cinematic program, three professional activities will take
place: a comic-book masterclass with Diane Obomsawin, a panel discussion with
professional film artists and a visual arts exhibition from artist Meky Ottawa.
Plus, three parties will tie it all up!

The opportunity to discover 5 feature films at their premieres

Opening night: missing Indigenous women and girls | March 4th
at 7:30 PM

Theatre Plaza

As part
of the opening night, the highly anticipated film Rustic Oracle (2019)
by Sonia Bonspille Boileau will have its Quebec premiere. Made by a
predominantly Indigenous team, this film depicts an unfortunately common story,
that of femicide imbedded in structures of racial and systemic discrimination.
However, this time the story is told from an Indigenous perspective, through
fiction. How does fiction break down stereotypes and accurately express pain?
What progresses and setbacks have marked the last years? What is the need for
communities to speak for themselves? These questions will be addressed
following the screening with director Sonia Bonspille Boileau, Annie
O’bomsawin-Bégin, Emilie Monnet and Kijâtai-Alexandra Veillette-Cheezo.

Healing and Resisting: Being a Doctor in the Context of War |
March 5th

Ausgang Plaza

Living in
wartime jeopardizes multiple aspects of one’s life, whether it be the right to
security or access to health care. Faced with the choice of resisting or
putting oneself out of danger, how can one reflect on questions of medical
duty? From the case of doctor Amani Ballour and the context of the Syrian
conflict, we want to contemplate the gendered experience in conditions of
extreme violence.

screening will be followed by a discussion with Marya Zarif (Maison de la
Syrie) and Nadja Pollaert (Doctors of the World), hosted by Laïty Fary

Filmed between 2016 and 2018, The Cave (2019) describes the journey of Amani Ballour, a woman doctor from Ghouta, who manages an underground makeshift hospital during the Syrian civil war. A true immersion in daily distress, this documentary approaches the Syrian conflict from the inside, from the side of those who resist with all the means that are within their reach. This National Geographic documentary, nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category at the Oscars 2020, will have its Quebec premiere at the Festival Filministes.

Queer aesthetics and fantasies | March 6th
Ausgang Plaza

How has the history of art and representations been transformed by queer artists? The film Holy Trinity (2019, Canadian premiere) allows us to ponder cinematic queer perspectives and their representations. If we often address queer thinking through the fluidity of gender identities or political and social demands, it is also expressed through the construction of fantasies and aesthetics. Sex work, BDSM, consent, clairvoyance: Holy Trinity offers an aesthetic journey into an explosive and colorful queer universe. Following the screening, it is in the company of queer artists and performers, including Kimura Byol, that these topics will be discussed.

is a young, independent and sex-positive Dominatrix living in Chicago. After
sniffing a mysterious aerosol, she discovers her gift of talking to the dead.
Trying to understand her new powers, Trinity will seek advice from a priest, a
sorcerer, a drag queen, and several other colorful characters.

Forms of intimate life | March

Ausgang Plaza

on the meanings of “celibacy” is a complex exercise due to its
polysemy. Loneliness, chastity, crazy cat lady, single parenthood, widowhood,
religious seclusion and social hypocrisy are just a few of the terms that flow
from this status. While celibacy is presented as a delay or a deficiency that
needs to be resolved, the Filministes wish to explore the various shapes that
intimate relationships can take through the concept of choice. The screening
will be followed by a discussion with Chiara Piezzesi and other guests, hosted
by Coline Sénac.

Singled [out] (2017, Canadian premiere) focuses on five women from all over
the world: Jules in Melbourne, Manu in Barcelona, ​​Shu and Yang in Shanghai
and Melek in Istanbul. They are all single in a world where being in a
relationship is the norm. With the voices of well-known experts in the fields
of sociology, law and demography, the film unveils modern love in the era of
choice, and is an expedition to the heart of feminine celibacy today. 

Closing evening: Women and political dissent | March 8th at 7

Theatre Plaza

As part
of the events for the International Women’s Day, the festival offers, for its
closing evening, a reflection on the history of political dissent. In the early
1970s in Brazil, several groups took up arms against a dictatorial military
regime. Among them, many women were imprisoned and tortured for having
challenged the political system in place.

La tour des demoiselles (2019, Canadian premiere) recounts their stories, presents the strategies they have adopted and testifies to the importance of sorority. What remains of the political demands made by these activists 50 years later? Considering the rise of the extreme right in Brazil, what lessons can be learned for the future and what to do to not let their fight for social justice fall into oblivion? With Danielle Coenga, Marina Alves Amorina and Charmain Levy, these questions will be explored following the screening, in a discussion hosted by Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau.

Short films

important place given to short films in the programming aims to highlight this
type of cinematographic work. Each of these screening blocks demonstrates
multiple ways in which the issues that concern women* can be raised.
Resilience, mourning and portrait documentary are all ways of approaching
feminism. With the filmmakers on site whenever possible, these four events
(including one entirely free!) open up discussions about the creative processes
that underlie the making of a short film.

Filministes Gallery // Meky Ottawa
TAPEZ ICI – TEXT HERE, from March 5 to 11
Ausgang Plaza

multidisciplinary artist from Manawan, Meky Ottawa, offers a series of
illustrations that highlight different places and events in the life of a
character. In a chromatic style, inspired by the night and the city lights,
these scenic images tell a story without narration or text. This is the
storyboard of a film that Meky has not yet written. 

Masterclass with Diane Obomsawin : comics and animation by women
– hosted by Julie Delporte | March 7th at 1 PM


and director Diane Obomsawin offers to discuss, with Julie Delporte, the issues
surrounding her profession as a woman and as a feminist. By sharing her
personal journey, she will speak to us about the particular issues and
challenges that have punctuated her artistic and professional trajectory. Do
women encounter specific obstacles in the world of comics and animation? How do
you make inclusive film animation and what creative processes does it
require?During this discussion, we want to bring forward a profession, and
create a space for the next generation. 

Panel discussion | Shining a spot-light on behind-the-scenes |
March 8th at 12 PM

Ausgang Plaza

During this event, film editors, film composers, sound technicians, cinematographers, producers, prop masters and screenwriters will be invited to share their universes, the way in which their sensitivity is brought to the screen and the obstacles linked to being a woman in the film industry. Keeping in mind that these artists are at the heart of the creation and design of cinematographic works, this panel will allow people interested in these trades to learn more and develop a network of contacts over coffee and a croissant.

For children

Filminis (10 years +) | March 7th
at 11 AM | Cinéma Moderne

Who said
that feminist issues were reserved for adults? Certainly not the Filministes!
On the contrary: if the truth comes out of children’s mouths, it must be
because they have learned it somewhere. This short films and discussion session
aims to introduce children to different feminist issues. 

For adults

Filminonnies : pornographic pleasures | March 5th at 10:30 PM |
Ausgang Plaza

Who are
the possible porn feminists? This raises many emotions and criticisms dividing
feminists irremediably: stereotyped views, sexual violence, phallocentrism,
exploitation, etc. This screening of short films intends to question the
mainstream porn industry and target aesthetic approaches that shift points of
view outside of the traditional scenario.

Jury and prizes to support the next generation in cinema 

Caron-Lachance | Coordinator of programming & technical manager of Cinema

Chartrand | Director and visual artist

Ambre Sachet | Movie critic

With the help of Post-Moderne, two grants worth
$ 2,500.00 respectively will be awarded to the two best short films from our
Quebec selection. The audience award will be given out by the Festival du
Nouveau Cinéma. 

Opening and closing evenings : 10
$ pre-sale // 12$ 
Screening events at Ausgang : 8$
pre-sale // 10$ 
Filminis – youth screening : 5$
children//7$ adults
Filminonnies (porn shorts) : 6$

: February 13 to 27 

March 4
and 8 at Theatre Plaza (1676 Ontario E., Montreal)
March 5, 6 and 7 at Artgang Plaza
(6524 St-Hubert, Montreal)
Youth screening – March 7 at Cinema Moderne
(5150 St-Laurent blvd, Montréal)