Co-Presentation: Women Wielding Cameras Film Festival



Women Wielding Cameras: Women, Power and Politics Film Festival

San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium
Saturday, June 14, 2008
11am – 5pm
Free and Open to the Public

International filmmakers Kimberlee Acquaro and Marlo Poras are among the filmmakers who will speak and answer questions about their award-winning films screening at I.M.O.W.’s Women Wielding Cameras free Film Festival in the San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium on Saturday, June 14.

Each film will have a 30 minute Q&A session with filmmaker after screening

11:00 A.M. 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 will speak and answer questions after the screening.

12:45 P.M. 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. Filmmaker Kimberlee Acquaro will speak and answer questions after the screening.

2:00 P.M. 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. Speaker TBA.

3:30 P.M. 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 will speak and answer questions after the screening.