UNC Asheville Holds Sixth Annual F-Word Film Festival March 23-24;
Six Films By and About Women to be Screened
UNC Asheville will hold the sixth annual “F-Word
Film Festival: A Celebration of Images By and About Women (But for All
Audiences)” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24, in UNC
Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Six
feminist videos will be screened in conjunction with UNC Asheville’s
Women’s History Month events. Panel discussions with UNC Asheville
faculty and students will immediately follow the screenings both nights.
Films are free and open to the public.
“In My Father’s Church,”
“Mirror Mirror” and “After the Montreal Massacre” will be shown on March
49-minute film, “In My Father’s Church,” follows the filmmaker as she
attempts to ask her father, a Methodist pastor, if he’d defy United
Methodist church policy and officiate her same-sex wedding. The story of
one woman’s attempt to reconcile her love, faith and family illuminates
the conflicts that gay marriage has caused in many churches and for many
individuals trying to maintain their faith while preserving their own
“Mirror Mirror,” a
17-minute film by Jan Krawitz, provocatively explores the relationship
between a woman’s body image and the quest for an idealized female form.
Thirteen women of varying age, size and ethnicity candidly reveal the
way they regard their bodies. The film explores the vagaries in the
concept of an “ideal” body.
On December 6, 1989, a
gunman entered the engineering building at the University of Montreal
and killed 14 women. “After the Montreal Massacre,” a 27-minute
documentary by Gerry Rogers, situates this crime within the context of
other kinds of violence against women. A wounded survivor and other
students describe the killings, which are widely believed to be a
backlash against feminism.
Thoughts: Reflections on the Birth Control War” and “The Wash: A
Cleaning Story” will be shown on March 24.
Nearly a decade in the
making, “Desire” documents the challenges and desires of a group of
young, diverse women in New Orleans by letting them film their own
stories. The 84-minute film by Julie Gustafson and the Teenage Girls’
Documentary Project explores the intimate drama of the women’s changing
Reflections on the Birth Control War” blends rare archival footage and
sound bytes from religious and political leaders to take a fast-paced
look at 100 years of the fight for birth control and legalized abortion.
The 10-minute film by Jacqueline Frank explores the work of Planned
Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and illuminates the ongoing dialogue
around the issue of choice.
“The Wash: A Cleaning
Story” is a nine-minute autobiographical video narrative that closely
studies filmmaker Eve Sandler’s survival of childhood sexual abuse. The
visual inquiry into female relationships and secrets explores themes of
incest, family denial, silence and love.
For more information,
call Lori Horvitz, UNC Asheville assistant professor of literature and
language, at 828/251-6590.
- Dr. Lori Horvitz, UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of Literature
and Language, 828/251-6590
- Jill Yarnall, UNC Asheville Public Information Assistant Director,