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Winnipeg Underground Film Festival
June 1 to 4th, 2017

At the Rachel Browne Theatre (2nd Floor, 211 Bannatyne Ave)

A collection of seven radical videos exploring the often assaultive relationships between individuals and the state, women’s bodies and patriarchal constructs, expectations and reality. Featuring no "femme fatales" and no "damsels in distress," the works in this program instead offer complex ruminations on gender, sexuality, race, geo- and sociopolitics, fantasy and the physical world. She would open her door and scream, 'it’s a war out there'… and she wasn’t wrong. New work from Canada, Brazil, Thailand and the United States.

My better years dir. Christine Negus
2016 | CA | 2 | video | Manitoban premiere
My better years takes its beginnings from a news story about a woman living in a self-made house of horrors somewhere in Florida. This first fragment in an ongoing serious proposes a farcical “guess” as to the interior of the woman’s house, while also bastardizing a childhood fable. -CN

Borderhole dirs. Amber Bemak + Nadia Granados
2017 | US | 14 | video | Canadian premiere
Borderhole takes place on a mythical border area between Colombia and the United States. We investigate the relationship between North and South America through the lens of the American Dream and the illumination of multiple tensions in and around the border. The piece explores imperialism, globalization through pop music, the gender mutant in an international context, and the choreography of women’s bodies in relation to ecosystem and sociopolitics. -AB

Two Snakes dir. Kristin Li
2015 | CA | 9.5 | video
An experimental animation and documentary about diasporic desires for foundational myths. Seeking a home in reclaimed ancestry and seeking a self in reappropriated narratives and finding fragments instead. Features an original score by Julie Matson. -KL

Oceano dir. Renato Duque
2016 | BR | 15 | video | World premiere
Luna sees someone drowning in the ocean, and starts to question herself: should she use her powers and become a super hero? -RD

WIN-NIP-EGG dir. Lamathilde
2016 | CA | 4 | video
When a state phantomizes a population, another reality. When history distorts the truth. When my (her)story meets another (her)story. When women disappear without a trace. When, white and privileged, I attend a rehearsal of stories. When violence done to women’s bodies equals the violence done by words. The bodies of those we don’t want to see or hear. From my studio window, I look out and my life intersects with theirs. -L

More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters dir. Kelly Gallagher
2016 | US | 6 | video | Canadian premiere
An experimental animated documentary exploring the powerful and inspiring life of revolutionary Lucy Parsons. This film illustrates her dedicated life to struggle, and her important, countless contributions fighting against capitalism, racism and sexism. -KG

The Asylum dir. Prapat Jiwarangsan
2015 | TH | 9 | video | Canadian premiere
DJ Dok Rak (Varunee Tapanya), a disc jockey for a Chiangmai radio station, lost her job when the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council shut down every Red Shirt radio station in Thailand, after the 2014 coup d'état. Since then, her life has turned upside down. She becomes a taxi driver instead, yet she still lulls her passengers with her own live session. A boy named Ah Tae has to work anonymously in a village in Chiangmai, due to his lack of identification. He needs to be more cautious after the coup because he is afraid of being send back to Myanmar. This pond is a sanctuary where living creatures gather. During the night, animals moan uproariously and grievously, waiting for someone or something to set them free. DJ Dok Rak, Ah Tae and the animals reside in the same place - a shelter where they can do things that they cannot do in real life. They seem like non-permanent refugees who are looking forward to liberation and far-fetched freedom. -PJ

* images from Christine Negus' My better years (top) and Renato Duque's Oceano (bottom)