WAM!Boston Film Festival 2013

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Date: March 23, 2013
End Time: 11:59 pm
Location: Brattle Theatre
Address: 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Where: Cambridge, MA

You’re invited to experience a unique lineup of films made by women, and about women, from up-and-coming filmmakers from New England and around the globe. Tickets will be available online starting Feb. 15, or at the door at The Brattle Theatre. Passes for entry to all films will be available for $30 and can be purchased here.


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Saturday, March 23

Documentary Shorts

5:00pm | Tickets $6 |  Buy Tix Now!


“Agency” follows five young women struggling to work as models in Osaka’s toxic and intoxicating fashion market. “Cutting Up” examines the changing world of professional female bodybuilders. “Why Do You Have Black Dolls” explores the history, beauty, and pride of black dolls, revealing that they are more than just playthings – they are cultural artifacts that represent the history of the people they depict. (Running time: 60 minutes) Meredith Wright, director of Agency, will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A. Click here for details.


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Indelible Lalita

6:45pm | Tickets: $8 |  Buy Tix Now!


Indelible Lalita is a poetic documentary about an Indian woman who completely loses her skin pigment as she migrates from Bombay to Paris to Montréal. Now 60 and appearing White, Lalita copes with her changing identity as she battles ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and heart failure. Grounded in her strong marriage and Hindu faith, she refuses to let her illness dampen her vibrancy. Lalita learns to let go of her body as the sign of her ethnicity and femininity – and ultimately realizes that her body is just a temporary vessel for her spirit. “Mallozzi has layered her subjects’ stories with an intimate, visually arresting style that, without heavy handedness, conveys the impermanence of life…Through the singularly magnetic presence of Bharvani, the film becomes a universal offering for how to live one’s life. ” – Loren King, The Boston Globe  (Dir: Julie Mallozzi, 2012, 71 minutes) Director Julie Mallozzi will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.


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Sabado de Gloria/Holy Saturday

(Dir: Karen Rossi Coughlin, 2012, 10 minutes) Gloria and Diana don’t have the best mother-daughter relationship. Diana fantasizes the reactions that show her true feelings towards her mom. During one of her weekly visits to the supermarket, Diana loses her mom and finds what she really feels. Massachusetts Premiere! Director Karen Rossi Coughlin will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.


Double Feature:  
Bordering on Treason / Words of Witness

9:00 pm | Tickets: $10 |   Buy Tix Now!

film stillBORDERING ON TREASON (Preview Screening)

Bordering On Treason tells the extraordinary and inspiring story of Lorna Tychostup, a single mother and photojournalist from New Paltz, NY, who travels to and continually returns to Iraq to put a human face on the Iraq War. Traveling unprotected, she visits military units and Iraqi families beyond the Green Zone, and evolves from naïve civilian to seasoned journalist. Lorna’s story and the stories she shares are those not shown on U.S. television sets. They illuminate realities of a war often referred to as merely an “occupation,” and bridge the emotional and political disconnect that Americans have experienced with the war. (Dir: Trish Dalton, 2013, 42 minutes)

Words of Witness

Words of Witness is a documentary that follows 22-year-old journalist Heba Afify as she navigates Egypt’s Revolution. Every time she heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country’s future, her mother is compelled to remind her, “I know you are a journalist, but you’re still a girl!” Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy. (Dir: Mai Iskander, 2012, 71 minutes)


Sunday, March 24

Circus Dreams

12:00 pm | Tickets: $8 |   Buy Tix Now!

Circus Dreams documents a year in the life of Vermont’s Circus Smirkus, one of the best traveling youth circuses in the world. This vibrant documentary immerses viewers into the lives of the 12 to 18 year old performers, capturing their intense work ethic, passion for performance, deep friendships and budding loves. With a heartwarming story and great characters, Circus Dreams is an inspiring testament to the power of youthful dreams. (Dir: Signe Taylor, 2011, 82 minutes) Joy Powers, one of the main subjects of the film will be on-hand for a post-screening Q&A.

Screens With:

You Are Meow

you_are_meow[1](Dir: Melike Kocak, 2012, 30 seconds) A kitten tries to look like Barbie in this animated critique of media culture. Director Melike Kocak will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.


Experimental & Animated Shorts

2:30 pm | Tickets $6 |   Buy Tix Now!


This selection of films from around the globe transports us through dream-like states, from light-hearted, sensual, and surreal, to pensive, dark, and terrifying. Content for mature audiences. (Running time: 90 minutes) Three of the directors will be on-hand for a post-screening Q&A. Click here for the detailed lineup. 


WAM & WIFVNE Post-FEST Happy hour

5:00 pm | FREE |   RSVP here

Join WAM! and Women in Film and Video New England for a post-festival celebration and networking night!


For more films by and about women all month long, check out Women Take The Reel!


This event is part of WAM! It Yourself 2013, a multi-city event by Women, Action & the Media. For more information about events happening in Boston and all over the world, check back here or email Alanna.


Film fest presented in partnership with:

Wonder Women of Boston | Project Repat





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