Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival 2013 Winners

March 27, 2013

Doudna Lecture Hall, Eastern Illinois University


5:15-7:30 p.m. Documentary Film Winners
Honorable Mention:

5:15: Art Against Abuse. Dir. Bianca Churchill. Free Spirit Media Productions Student Production. (2012, Chicago): This documentary explores what art therapy is and how it can heal victims of gender-based violence.

Link to the student documentary: Art Against Abuse

5:30: Constitute! Dir. Susan Bazilli and the International Women’s Rights Project. (2010, Vancouver). Constitute! is a short documentary that profiles the diverse history of women’s activism in constitution-making in Canada, Afghanistan, Rwanda, and South Africa.

Honorable Mention documentary: Constitute!

Second Place:

6:10: Blank Ink on Rice Paper. Dir. Thavary Krouch (2011, Chicago): A short documentary that focuses on the life and art of Linda Saphan, who escaped from war-torn Cambodia to Canada as a child but discovered her artistic voice and, ultimately, found her calling when she returned to her childhood home.

Second Place documentary: Black Ink on Rice Paper

First Place:

6:30: Going up the Stairs. Dir. Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami. (2012, Tehran, Iran): Warm, revealing and often surprisingly funny, Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami's portrait of Akram, an unlikely artist, shows us that true talent will refuse to be stifled and you don't need an education to channel your emotions into art.

First Place Documentary trailer: Going up the Stairs


7:30-9:00 Fictional Film Winners
Honorable Mention:

7:30: The Sister. Dir. Kath Dooley (2012, Adelaide, S. Australia): The Sister is a dramatic short fiction film exploring the premise that it is impossible to embrace the future when you’re living in the past.

Honorable Mention fictional film trailer: The Sister

Second Place:

8:00: Ass-Backwards: A Virginia Story in Reverse. Dir. Amy Gerber (2012, Virginia): Shot entirely through the backup camera of a Toyota Prius, Ass-Backwards follows an elderly lesbian woman in Virginia named Edna who has trouble backing up her car. When her companion Mildred gets her a Prius with a back-up camera to help with steering the two women embark on ‘reversing adventures’ and find they are backing up into more than they bargained for.

Second Place fictional film: Ass-Backwards

First Place:

8:10: Do Pahar (Afternoon). Dir. Shazia Shrivastava Malik (2011, Mambai, India): Do Pahar is about an unlikely bond that develops between Sudha, an old woman, and Bilal, a hit man. As the afternoon progresses in wait for Bilal's target, Sudha kindles in him humanity and a few forgotten memories of his childhood while he, in turn, instills in her a newfound fortitude.

First Place fictional film trailer: Do Pahar trailer