International Women’s Month Festival of Films
This screening series features three acclaimed documentaries highlighting women's issues around the world and filmed by Canadian filmmakers. Film makers will also be on-hand to answer questions after the screening in-person or via Skype. Many documentary filmmakers tell issues-based stories, in the hopes of making a difference. But can film really effect change?
Join award-winning documentary filmmaker, Chanda Chevannes, for this lively screening and discussion focusing on grassroots environmentalism, adoption and China's one-child policy, and feminism it's past and present.Chanda Chevannes is a documentary filmmaker with The People's Picture Company, a production company based in Toronto. Chanda specializes in artistic, socially-driven documentary films.
This is an interactive program for adults and older teens. It is not suitable for children. All screenings take place at the Central Library in Meeting Room A/B.
Admission is free, and registration is done online using the links below.
The F Word: Who Wants to be a Feminist?
Saturday, March 3, 1:30 -4:30 pm (Register Online)
Focusing on the history of feminism, this film questions what the future of feminism will be. The focus is specifically on Canada, the US and the UK and provides a good overview of the women's movement during the first and second waves of feminism. The film outlines the arguments on both sides and about the necessity for a third wave. Q&A session with Michael McNamara (director, writer, producer) and Judy Holm (writer, producer).
The Invisible Red Thread
Saturday, March 17, 1:30 to 4:30 pm (Register Online)
This film tells the story of two girls who were given up for adoption due to China's one-child policy. One was adopted by a family in a Chinese village and the other was adopted by a family living in Toronto. The film tells of their meeting and reflects on the differences in their lives and explores the effects of China's one-child policy across two continents. Q&A Session with director Maureen Marovitch.
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Saturday, March 31, 1:30 to 4:30 pm (Register Online)
Tells the dramatic story of the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. Wangari Maathai's infectious determination and unwavering courage is an inspiration. Q&A Session with Alan Dater (producer, director, cinematographer) and Lisa Merton (director, producer).