Women Wielding Cameras: Women, Power and Politics Film Festival

Saturday, June 14, 2008
11am - 5:30pm
North America

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International filmmakers Kimberlee Acquaro and Marlo Poras are among the filmmakers who spoke and answered questions about the award-winning films screened at IMOW's Women Wielding Cameras free Film Festival held in the San Francisco Public Library's Koret Auditorium on Saturday, June 14.

The following films were screened:

Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
Argentina | 1985 | Susana Muñoz and Lourdes Portillo/Documentary | 64 mins | Spanish / English subtitles

Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo winner of over 30 awards including an Academy Award nomination, tells of Argentina's "Dirty War" of the 1970s and 1980s in which more than 30,000 sons and daughters "disappeared." It chronicles the mothers who founded a powerful activist movement, demanding to know their children's fate. Dr. Sarah Schoellkopf and Dr. Constanza Svidler engaged in conversation about the documentary and answered questions after the screening.

God Sleeps in Rwanda
United States/Rwanda | 2004 | Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman/Documentary Short | 28 mins | English

This Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated film profiles five courageous women orphaned in the 1994 genocide that left over one million people dead. The film follows these women as they rebuild their lives, redefine women's roles in Rwandan society and bring hope to a wounded nation. Filmmakers Kimberlee Acquaro, Norah Bagirinka, and Jennifer Seibel Newsom discussed the documentary and answered questions after the screening.

Dishing Democracy
Netherlands/United States | 2007 | Bregtje van der Haak/Documentary | 60 mins | English & Arabic / English Subtitles

"Kalam Nawaem" (or "Sweet Talk") is an Arab satellite TV show cut loose from national borders, state control and censorship. We meet the outspoken co-hosts, each from a different Arab country and background, discussing taboo subjects such as sex, polygamy, wife battering and equality. Women, Power and Politics curator Masum Momaya conversed with Dina Ibrahim, professor at CSU San Francisco, after the screening.

Run Granny Run
United States | 2007 | Marlo Poras / Documentary | 92 mins | English

Run Granny Run tells the story of Doris "Granny D" Haddock, who not only laced up her sneakers and walked 3000 miles across America at age 90 to protest the influence of big money in elections, but at age 94, jumped at an unexpected chance to run for U.S. Senate. Filmmaker Marlo Poras and Doris "Granny D" Haddock spoke and answered questions after the screening.

Each film had a 30 minute Q&A session after screening

The event was Free and Open to the Public


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