GFF is proud to continue promoting gender parity in the cinematic arts at our festival in 2021 through our Woman-Driven Film Series, and through our continued commitment to ensure half of our films are directed by women!  This bold series of feature films presents new works by the world’s best emerging female filmmakers working today!

Generously sponsored by: Original Pictures, Blue Prairie Productions, ACTRA Manitoba Women’s Committee.


2021 Women-Driven Film Series:

Daughter of a Lost Bird

dir. Brooke Pepion Swaney
2021 | United States | 66 min
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Daughter of a Lost Bird follows Kendra Mylnechuk Potter, an American Indigenous woman adopted into a white family, as she reconnects with her Indigenous identity. The film documents Kendra’s odyssey as she finds her birth mother April, also an adoptee, and returns to her Indigenous Lummi homeland. Relying upon verité scenes as the bulk of the film, the story is intense, emotional and personal. Both women navigate what it means to be Lummi, and to belong to a tribe from the outside looking in. Daughter of a Lost Bird explores the ethical grey areas surrounding transracial adoption via a singular story as an entry point into a more complicated national issue. 

Dead Man’s Switch: A Cryptomystery

dir. Sheona McDonald
2021 | Canada | 78 min
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Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous and sometimes nefarious world of cryptocurrency, Dead Man’s Switch is a feature length documentary, a cautionary tale, about the short life & mysterious death of QuadrigaCX CEO, Gerald Cotten.

Everything in the End

dir. Mylissa Fitzsimmons
2021 | United States | 80 min
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Stranded in a small Icelandic village during Earth’s final days, a Portuguese man seeks solace in the brief human connections he encounters

Golden Arm

dir. Maureen Bharoocha
2020 | United States| 93 min
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A tough lady trucker trains her wimpy best friend to compete in the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Championship.

My Name is Bagdhad

dir. Caru Alves De Souza
2020 | Brazil | 99 min
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Baghdad is a 17-year-old female skater, who lives in Freguesia do Ó, a working-class neighborhood in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Baghdad skateboards with a group of male friends and spends a lot of time with her family and with her mother’s friends. Together, the women around her form a network of people who are out of the ordinary. When Baghdad meets a group of female skateboarders, her life suddenly changes.

One of Ours

dir. Yasmine Mathurin
2021 | Canada | 90 min
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After a Haitian-born youth is racially profiled at an Indigenous basketball tournament, he wrestles with his shaken sense of belonging in his Indigenous adoptive family while attempting to heal from his past.

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

dir. Marilyn Agrelo 
2021 | United States | 107 min
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A look at the history of the long-running children’s TV show, Sesame Street.

Sugar Daddy

dir. Wendy Morgan
2020 | Canada | 101 min
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Darren, is a new age music composer and performer who is trying to break into the record industry. As the film begins, she is fired from the job that pays her rent, so she starts working as a “paid dinner companion” for older dudes. No sex, she proudly proclaims, but that doesn’t stop Darren from arguing with her feminist friends over whether she is allowing herself to be treated as a commodity. She reacts very harshly to her friends’ criticisms, and does not handle her roommate’s crush on her with aplomb. Sugar Daddy is a compelling portrait of a creative young woman trying to find her place in the world.

Superior

dir. Erin Vassilopoulos
2021 | United States | 97 min
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On the run, Marian returns to her hometown to hide out with her identical twin sister, Vivian, and in doing so alters the trajectory of both their lives.

Test Pattern

dir. Shatara Michelle Ford
019 | United States | 82 min
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Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit.

Threshold

dir. Coraci Ruiz
2020 | Brazil | 77 min
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Threshold is an autobiographical documentary made by a mother that registers the gender transition of her adolescent son, accompanying him and the conflicts, certainties and uncertainties that pervade him in a deep search for his identity.

Tove

dir. Zaida Bergroth
2020 | Finland / Sweden | 100 min
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The movie centres on the life of Tove Jansson, showing both her personal relationships, and the creation of the popular Moomin books.

True Confections

dir. Gail Singer
1991 | Canada | 95 min
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A witty teen tests men, morals and manners as her family tries to marry her off in 1958 Canada.

Dropstones

dir. Caitlin Durlak
2021 | Canada | 57 min
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On a remote island off the coast of Newfoundland, Dropstones is an intimate portrait of a matriarch and her desire to raise her boys into ‘two good men’ in the only place she knows how to. The boys are embraced by the traditions of youth Sonya grew up with; building forts with stolen wood, catching cod by hand with their uncle and beginning their first jobs cutting cod tongues. For Sonya summer means working full time, while trying hard to balance exhaustion. 

Night Falls

dir. Ariane Bilodeau
2021 | Canada | 30 min
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A historian with a gift of clairvoyance roams in streets of an old City of Lights. He sees in the Falls of Shawinigan a meditation on the human history and it’s loss of meaning.