8th Annual San Francisco Women's Film Festival From the Women's Film Institute
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The last date listed for San Francisco Women's Film Festival was Sunday April 15, 2012 / 8:00pm (SFIWFF Closing Night: That's What She Said).
April 13, 2012 at 7:30pm: SFIWFF Opening Night – The Education of Auma Obama
Branwen Okpako’s The Education of Auma Obama is a captivating and intimate portrait of the U.S. president’s older half-sister, who embodies a post-colonial, feminist identity. An academic overachiever, she studied linguistics and contemporary dance in Heidelberg, Germany, before enrolling in film school in Berlin, where she met Nigerian-born director Okpako in the nineties. After living in the United Kingdom for a short period, Auma Obama eventually moved back to Kenya to mentor a young generation of community activists, social workers and other ambitious young men and women who lacked her privileged education and training, but were nonetheless determined to make a positive contribution to their society.
A San Francisco Bay Area premiere.
April 13, 2012: Morir de Pie (Die Standing Up)
*When faced with a fatal illness, the son of Mexican communist militants, a promoter of socialism and the Cuban Revolution, with a great physical and ideological resemblance to Che Guevara, decides to undertake a personal revolution, to welcome the woman he has always had inside him. Handicapped and discriminated, Irina Layevska defies adversity and faces life with her true self supported on this journey by her lifelong partner, Nelida. A story of courage to live and love that has no gender. A San Francisco Bay Area premiere.
April 14, 2012 at 3:00pm: Butterfly Rising
When her brother dies, singer Lilah Belle sets out to escape her grief and embarks on a road trip, but not before coaxing the new-to-town, most scandalous woman in Artesia — Rose Johnson — to go with her. These two broken souls steal a vintage truck and head out on the open road to a fated encounter with the mythical, magical Lazarus of the Butterflies. What occurs with the strange Butterfly Man transforms their destinies and binds the women to each other forever.
A San Francisco Bay Area premiere
Director Tanya Wright (Deputy Kenya Jones on HBO’s True Blood) will be appearing in person for a Q&A after the film screening. *
April 14, 2012 at 7:30pm: Connected: An Autobiography About Love, Death & Technology
Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Shlain’s love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life…and our interconnected future. Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.
Director Tiffany Shlain will be appearing in person for a Q&A after the screening.
April 15, 2012 at 3:00pm: Poetry of Resilience
Poetry of Resilience is a documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Katja Esson about six international poets (Li-Young Lee, Lillian Boraks-Nemetz, Majid Naficy, Alexandre Kimenyi, Yashuhiko Shigemoto, Choman Hardi) who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China’s Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Iranian Revolution. These six artists present us with a close-up perspective of the “wide shot” of political violence. Each story is powerful, but the film’s strength comes from its collective voice: different political conflicts, cultures, genders, ages, races – one shared human narrative.
A San Francisco Bay Area premiere, Poetry of Resilience will be preceded by the short films “Lady Razorbacks,” “Blank Canvas” and “The Barber of Birmingham.” In addition, ITVS (Independent Television Service) will present sneak previews of upcoming films to be featured in their Women and Girls Lead public media campaign, including Half the Sky, a miniseries based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
April 15, 2012 at 5:15pm: Perfection
Directed by Christina Beck
Kristabelle, still living with her mother, cuts herself in an effort to feel alive. Her mother, addicted to plastic surgery, also allows herself to be cut in a desperate effort to maintain her youth. Through the help of a pot-smoking young lover, a newly sober British stand-up comic and Chinese medicine, they find that love can be more than skin deep.
A San Francisco Bay Area premiere
Director Christina Beck will be appearing in person for a Q&A after the film screening.
April 15, 2012 at 8:00pm: SFIWFF Closing Night: That’s What She Said
Bebe (Marcia DeBonis) is getting ready for the most romantic date of her life, and she needs her BFF (Anne Heche) there to cheer her on. Too bad about the whole bitter and jaded thing. And the clingy stranger with the bad habit (Alia Shawkat). And the rain. And the barf. And, oh yeah, the thing with the dildo. Friendship. It’s amazing how hard it can get. That’s what she said! Written by Kellie Overbey. Directed by Carrie Preston (Arlene on HBO’s True Blood).
West Coast premiere.
Writer Kellie Overbey and director Carrie Preston will be appearing in person for a Q&A after the screening.