Margarita, with a Straw to open Vancouver International Women in Film Festival March 4-8, 2015

Indian actor Kalki Koechlin stars as the lead in #VIWIFF2015's opening film "Margarita, with a Straw"

Indian actor Kalki Koechlin stars as the lead in the #VIWIFF15 opening film “Margarita, with a Straw”

Women in Film and Television is pleased to announce that the hit at TIFF, Margarita, with a Straw (India) will be the Opening Night Film of the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, March 4 – 8. Directed by Shonali Bose (Amu), the uplifting movie is an inspirational love story and portrait of a woman discovering what she wants, and how to get it. WIFTV is pleased to showcase this work among a great line up of local and international films.  Continue reading

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The Bechdel & Mako Mori Test

While women might not be faring well behind cameras, on camera it pays to have the presence of women. How can one measure the presence of women on screen? What makes a film feminist? Is a token appearance or a one-off line by a female character enough?

Enter the Bechdel Test and the Mako Mori Test. Both are tests/tools that can be used to indicate the presence of women in the film you are watching. Neither test necessarily indicates that the film is feminist, they merely indicate the role of women in the particular story you are watching, and might suggest whether or not the female characters are well rounded, engaging, dynamic, or just tired old stereotypes.

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