Ours to Take – Shorts 2021
Wednesday, 10/20, 9:15 PM
Her Own Time
Director: Sarah Ema Friedland, Experimental, USA, 3 mins.
‘Her Own Time’ reclaims the images of survivors of domestic violence who the media, especially during Covid-19, so often fetishize and white wash by sensationalizing the abuse and dis-empowerment of women and simultaneously centering whiteness. Through playful and painful animations, the film liberates these depictions from the confines of the magazines and newspapers they are trapped in, and places them in new landscapes to reshape their realities. I made this to honor the memory of my own trauma and in dedication to the memory of Oluwatoyin Salau. Rest in Power.
Director: Mar Sudac, Experimental, USA, 11 mins.
A dancer has a new idea. A lover zones out. News reporters are infuriated by protestors. And what exactly are they protesting, anyway?
Now That They See Us
Director: Martha Gregory, Documentary, Chile, 8 mins.
A Chilean feminist performance collective grapple with the past and present as they create a performance for the International Day to End Violence Against Women.
Gravidity Part 1
Director: Sally Lawton, Experimental, USA, 11 mins.
A meditation on how women traverse their own bodies, through pregnancy and the desires to be pregnant. In documenting gestures of desire and corporeal passivity questions arise— when do we consider a woman with child and how do women’s bodies come to matter?
Listen to Us
Director: Juliana Henao, Documentary, USA, 15 mins.
‘Listen to Us’ is a documentary that attempts to understand the
contributions of women in sound within the American film industry.
It addresses women’s underrepresentation in the industry and explores what the future holds for them. Listen to Us is a celebration of women in sound.
The Long Wait
Director: Shuang Li, Documentary, China, USA, 26 mins.
‘The Long Wait’ is a film about three single women in China fighting for their reproductive rights. In the aftermath of the One-child policy, China now has a fast-aging population and a need for babies. But the government still denies single women access to assisted fertility treatment, leaving them with very limited options.
The Lakota Daughters
Director: Victoria Kupchinetsky, Documentary, USA, 33 mins.
Poverty, drugs, alcohol, frequent disappearances of young women and limited law enforcement are all issues plaguing Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota. However, following strong matrilineal traditions of the Native American culture, women on the Reservation are working to create “a girl society” that fosters resilience and self-assurance in girls aged 10 to 18. ‘The Lakota Daughters’ is a 33 min documentary that shows the traditional and modern life of the Lakota tribe, including the tribe’s efforts to empower future generations of girls and women.