Mon, Apr 28 / 1:00 / Kabuki / FEMI28K
Tue, Apr 29 / 6:15 / Kabuki / FEMI29K
WATCH CLIPS FROM SELECTED PROGRAM SHORTS
Archetypal qualities steadfastly attributed to women, even in our age of gender enlightenment—exoticism, elusiveness and impenetrability—are playfully deconstructed in this alternately saucy and somber sextet of narrative and documentary short films. The narratives come enlivened by feisty female protagonists, among them prison inmates who take part in a beauty pageant, a senior mysteriously linked to unsolved crimes and a Muslim woman from Ethiopia who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a coffee brewer.
The Grand Inquisitor
A cache of used books containing clues to unsolved murders leads a young woman to the door of a possible serial killer’s widow. A tense, noir-inflected thriller from celebrated Bay Area writer/filmmaker Eddie Muller. (Eddie Muller, USA 2007, 20 min) In GGA competition.
Since You’ve Been Ong
When Elizabeth Ong fails to show up for a meeting with friends, she receives a series of voice mail messages chronicling a missed afternoon of merrymaking. (Frank Yeean Chan, USA 2007, 4 min) In GGA competition.
In Bogotá, Colombia, four incarcerated women vie for a coveted beauty pageant crown in this Oscar-nominated gem codirected by Double Dare’s (SFIFF 2004) Amanda Micheli. (Amanda Micheli, Isabel Vega, USA 2007, 40 min) In GGA competition.
An endearing portrait of two elderly sisters, Mimi and Vali, who have lived through the Hungarian Revolution, marriage and divorce while holding onto their craft, their grudges and each other. (Christina Voros, USA 2007, 13 min) In GGA competition.
Coffee and Allah
A young Muslim woman, newly arrived from Ethiopia, is introduced to the secular world through a surprising game of badminton, daily runs to a cafe and a friendly coffee brewer. (Sima Urale, New Zealand 2007, 14 min) In GGA competition.
WING, the fish that talked back
Little Wing is fascinated by marine life and curious about her ancestral homeland of China. Fantasy and reality mingle whimsically in her story, featuring an old lady who does not talk, some fish and a nice hot cup of tea. (Ricky Rijneke, Netherlands 2007, 13 min) In GGA competition.
Total running time 104 min. Presented in association with MadCat Women’s International Film Festival. Sponsored by Stella Artois.