A Feminist Survival Guide to Seattle
As anyone who has perused the SIFF 2013 Festival guide can attest, there are a hella lot of films to see in the next three weeks or so we have left of the biggest film festival in the United States! So I’m here to make it easier…just go see these:
USA | 2013 | 108 minutes | Jill Soloway
An attractive, privileged stay-at-home mom lives a seemingly idyllic life. But when she strikes up a peculiar friendship with a nubile young stripper, it calls her own staid existence into question, in this funny and moving portrayal of female midlife crisis.
Sweden | 2012 | 97 minutes | Andreas Öhman
In order to save face after missing her flight to New York, Swedish high school graduate Kristin concocts a scheme to write about her “travels” from the safety of a friend’s country house in this heart-warming, humor-infused drama.
USA | 2013 | 84 minutes | Freida Lee Mock
Twenty years after a poised young law professor sent shockwaves through the nation, Academy Award® winner Freida Mock crystallizes sexist power dynamics, unraveling the lightning-rod moment in Anita Hill’s life and the broader discussion of gender inequality in America.
USA | 2013 | 87 minutes | Lana Wilson, Martha Shane
In the wake of the assassination of Dr. Tiller, this documentary examines the personal and ethical imperatives that drive the four remaining physicians who continue to perform late-term abortions despite dangerous legal and personal harassment in this thought-provoking and sometimes troubling documentary.
France | 2012 | 102 minutes | Alice Winocour
Set in Belle Epoque France, Augustine tells the true-life tale of a pioneering 19th century neurologist and the precocious teenage patient whose “hysteria” becomes the star attraction of his practice.
Just Like a Woman
United Kingdom | 2012 | 90 minutes | Rachid Bouchareb
Two Chicago women—one on the run from the law, the other from her cheating husband—head to Santa Fe to compete in a renowned belly dancing competition.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Russia | 2013 | 90 minutes | Maxim Pozdorovkin, Mike Lerner
This documentary tells an important story of protest, suppression, and three young women—Nadia, Masha, and Katia—members of the feminist punk-rock collective, Pussy Riot, who face years in prison for their 40-second political performance piece “Punk Prayer.”
Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari
Russia | 2012 | 106 minutes | Alexsei Fedorchenko
From Aleksey Fedorchenko, the director of Silent Souls, comes a wholly original, humorous, beautiful folk tale—told in the native tongue of the nature worshipping Mari—about 22 strong independent women whose names all begin with the letter O.
Mother of George
USA | 2013 | 106 minutes | Andrew Dosunmu
This vibrant feature follows the lives of Nigerian-American newlyweds, Adenike and Ayodele, as they navigate their new lives in New York City. Nigerian tradition and pressure to conceive a child give way to new cosmopolitan temptations as Adenike discovers life outside of being a housewife.
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
USA | 2013 | 84 minutes | Pratibha Parmar
This documentary examines the life of author Alice Walker, who became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple in 1983. Director Pratibha Parmar focuses on Walker’s inspirational upbringing during years of violent social changes, and her political and social activism.
France | 2012 | 110 minutes | Claude Miller
Audrey Tautou stars as a depressed suburban housewife whose desire for culture and freedom takes a violent turn in this tense drama based on François Mauriac’s acclaimed and provocative 1927 novel.
The Punk Singer
USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Sini Anderson
Feminism, punk music, and rare archival footage slam together in this blazing history of riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), featuring interviews including Joan Jett and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz.