Petals in the Dust – Exploring Gender Violence in India

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The Vancouver Int’l South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) presents Nyna Pais Caputi‘s Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls, a feature documentary about the cultural origins of female genocidal crime in modern India.

“I needed to create this film for myself, and for people like me who didn’t realize the magnitude,” says director and producer Caputi in a sit-down interview with WIFTV member Christine BissonnetteContinue reading

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Into every nook and crevice – Audrey Estrougo’s Behind Closed Doors opens up a debate on sexism, injustice and violence

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Behind Closed Doors (Une Histoire Banale, France 2014) is precisely what its original French title describes – an ordinary story.

Nathalie, a 30-year-old living in Paris, leads a simple and pleasant life. She gets along with her colleagues, often goes out with friends, and plans to move in with her loving fiancé. With a happy and prosperous future ahead of her, she could not ask for more in her small, quaint life. However, a night out with a co-worker changes Nathalie’s life as she knows it, and she is forced to face a new self she did not know could exist.

The film follows Nathalie through the aftermath of the violence done to her. Continue reading

Seguir Viviendo (Go on Living) fuses fact and fiction – North American Premiere at #VIWIFF2015

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Chihuahua, Mexico-born director Alejandra Sánchez fuses fact and fiction in her first narrative feature, Seguir Viviendo (Go On Living), screening March 7 at #VIWIFF2015.

Striking monochromatic scenes and a changing geographical landscape that parallels the mood of the three characters, make for a haunting and thrilling road-movie. Continue reading