GFF is proud to continue promoting gender parity in the cinematic arts at our festival in 2019, with over half of our films being directed by women! This bold series of feature films presents new works by the world’s best emerging female filmmakers working today!
We are even more proud to have funded this series through a collaborative co-sponsorship by Winnipeg’s most successful production companies: Original Pictures, Inferno Pictures, Black Watch Entertainment, Build Films, Canadian Media Producers Association, Frantic Films, Nüman Films, Rebecca Gibson, and Tripwire Media Group!
Mylia, a timid 12-year-old, must leave her little sister and native countryside to enter high school. Lost in this new hostile environment, she meets Jacinthe, who introduces her to teenage rituals and absurdities, and Jimmy, a fierce young Abenaki boy from the neighbouring reserve, whom she secretly befriends. Together, they will trace the contours of a new life in the age of first times.
In the 19th-century, two large families gather for their annual fishing retreat on the island of Haida Gwaii. Adiits’ii, a charming nobleman, accidentally causes the death of his friend Kwa’s son and hastens into the wilderness. Adiits’ii is tormented by what he has done and spirals into insanity, becoming Gaagiixid, a supernatural being crazed by hunger. He unexpectedly survives the winter, and at next year’s gathering, the families try to convert Gaagiixid back to Adiitst’ii.
Lou and Chantal plan to get out of their desolate town and move far away. When Chantal’s ex-boyfriend violates her during a night of partying, the girls decide to exact their revenge. The consequences of their actions are devastating, threatening their chances of leaving. The more Lou fights to save her friendship and hold onto her dreams, the more she spins out of control as she realizes that freedom will come at a high cost.
For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– flee to protect her daughter’s life or stay and continue the struggle for freedom.
With unprecedented access, Hail Satan? traces the rise of The Satanic Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple and its enigmatic leader Lucien Greaves are calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation’s soul. But are they for real?
Future generations will ask this question: What were we doing while the planet burned? The Hottest August attempts to answer the question during one sweltering month in 2017, New York City’s hottest August in recorded history. A portrait of collective anxiety, the film seeks out New Yorkers from each of the boroughs recording conversations on everything but climate change. In an increasingly uncertain world, threats appear to arise from everywhere other than a warming planet.
Jawline follows 16 year old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead end life in rural Tennessee.
China’s one child policy has led to unthinkable human rights violations. Director Nanfu Wang digs fearlessly into her own personal life, weaving her experience as a new mother and the firsthand accounts of her family members with testimony from both victims and perpetrators. She fearlessly uncovers how government propaganda brainwashed and terrorized people into committing criminal acts against their own friends and family. The film is a revelatory and essential record of China’s chilling social experiment.
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