A SHORT FILM PROGRAM
THURSDAY, APRIL 6 | 12:00 PM & 1:40 PM | VIFF VANCITY THEATRE
A program of short films made mostly by female-identified filmmakers, who mostly happen to be living and working in Vancouver! The Bechdel-Wallace Test was popularized in the early 90s. This simple test asks of every film: (1) Does it have at least two women in it that have names, who (2) talk to each other, about (3) something other than a man? Only about half of all films ever made meet these base requirements. The test is used as a tool to call attention to superficial and stereotypical female representation in film and other fiction. This short film program takes the test one step further, and asks if the film (4) includes women of diverse abilities, access, race, sexuality and gender presentation, and (5) do these women have complex experiences? With the knowledge gained in the morning panel, students will be able to critique the program’s content and are encouraged to discuss which parts of the Bechdel-Wallace test are applied, or not applied, in each film.
Themes: coming of age, family, memory, intersectionality, feminism, identity, female experience, diversity, historical trauma, friendship
Advisory: A few characters smoke (cigarettes) and appear to be underage.
This program of short films is a complement to the Digital Literacy Panel at 9:30 AM.