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HRAFF Themes: Female-Driven Films for Mum

At HRAFF, we are proud to present films that represent a female perspective in storytelling – whether that comes from the talented female filmmakers behind the scenes, or from the female-centric narratives they feature. Many of the films below are driven by strong (and at times vulnerable) female protagonists or address issues of women’s rights.

We think these films would really appeal to a female audience (Mother’s Day anyone?), yet are powerful stories that everyone should see.

 

mayasellingMAYA ANGELOU AND STILL I RISE
Saturday 7 May 4pm at ACMI Melbourne

She inspired generations, pushed boundaries and never ceased in her long fight for freedom for all. Although she is most well noted for her poetry, Maya Angelou and Still I Rise celebrates her multiple talents including singing, dancing, filmmaking, academia and civil rights activism.

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Women's right filmsHOOLIGAN SPARROW
Wednesday 18 May 6 pm at ACMI Melbourne
Post-film Q&A with Director Nanfu Wang via Skype.

We follow Hooligan Sparrow and her fellow human rights activists as they travel to seek justice for six elementary school girls who have been sexually abused by their principal. First-time filmmaker Nanfu Wang becomes targeted by the Chinese government along side her protagonist.

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sancristobsqINTERNATIONAL SHORTS: LOVE + INTIMACY
Friday 13 May 8 pm at ACMI Melbourne

From first meetings to grand gestures, love takes courage and never is as simple as it seems.
With stories both tender and heart-breaking there’ll be something here for mum and the rest of the (18+) family too.

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Female-focus filmsCALL ME DAD
Sunday 15 May 8 pm at ACMI Melbourne
Monday 16 May 4 pm at ACMI Melbourne Open Captioned
Post-film Q&A with Director Sophie Wiesner (May 15)

The majority of domestic abuse undeniably impacts women. However, Sophie Wiesner’s documentary Call Me Dad looks at family violence from another perspective, that of the fathers and husbands who commit the crimes.
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Female driven films

DRIVING WITH SELVI
Tuesday 17 May 5:45 pm at ACMI Melbourne
Post film Q&A with Director/Producer Elisa Paloschi.

Like so many girls living within India’s impoverished patriarchal culture, Selvi found herself in an abusive forced marriage at the delicate age of 14. Running away and starting a brand new life, Selvi eventually becomes South India’s first female taxi driver.
Sponsored by Plan International
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burdensqBURDEN OF PEACE
Wednesday 11 May 6 pm at ACMI Melbourne
Post-film Q&A with Director Joey Boink via Skype.

Burden of Peace is a fascinating portrait of Guatemala’s first female Attorney-General, Claudia Paz y Paz: a woman who challenged a thoroughly corrupted justice system and government.
Supported by Dumbo Feather
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mallorysqMALLORY
Monday 9 May 9 8:30 pm at ACMI Melbourne

Filmed over 13 years, internationally renowned Czech documentarian Helen Trestikova’s film offers an empathic and gritty immersion into the life of Mallory as she struggles to survive in the unforgiving streets of Prague.

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flockingsqFLOCKING
Wednesday 11 May 8:15 pm at ACMI Melbourne

Beata Gårdeler’s haunting film, about a 14-year-old girl ostracized by her tight-knit Swedish community after accusing a classmate of rape, explores modern themes of consent and social media in a devastatingly claustrophobic environment.

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gtfosqGTFO
Tuesday 17 May 6:15 pm at ACMI Melbourne

Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, Director Shannon Sun-Higginson pries open the gaming
world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry that is riddled with misogyny.

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Hot Tip: Get 6 of these films on a HRAFF Multi-pass. The perfect Mother’s Day Gift!

And for mums that want to bring younger children along, check out our films for 15 years and above.

See also the following event in our arts program:

sleepoversqSLEEPOVER CLUB INITIATIVE
WHAT HAS FEMINISM EVER DONE FOR ME?
6 May until 19 May 12:00 am – 5:00 pm

Derived from a deeply felt need to challenge our current feminist milieu, What Has Feminism Ever Done for Me? will open up space for critical examination of the current feminist climate

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