New Perspectives: Passing The Bechdel-Wallace



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.

Black Lives Matter Vancouver

We can sometimes find ourselves lulled into believing that racism doesn't exist in Canada the way it does in other countries, and the question arises: What is the purpose of BLM in Vancouver? With an intersectional approach to that question, BLMV addresses systemic oppression, not just the blatant racism that we may believe no longer exists.

Do I Have Boobs Now?

Courtney Demone is challenging the censorship policies of social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. We witness the arbitrary censorship she faces online as her body changes. This short documentary is the kernel of a larger project in the works about Ms. Demone's advocacy and personal experience during the period of her transition. 


Discussing her journey to come out to her Lebanese-Palestinian family, Hayfa and her mother reminisce on her mother’s journey to become an ally to her.


When Lisa comes home early from a trip, she discovers that her sublet has taken over not only her room, but also her life. In this grim escalating story of jealousy and self-sabotage, we discover how easy it can be to tailspin into a toxic mess, figuratively…and quite literally.

Let Us End With It Too

In the midst of a dying relationship, Sarah realizes that she may be falling out of love with her partner. She subsequently withdraws into herself in order to face her emotions and interpret them before acting on a potentially detonative thought. Handled with patience and care, director Caisha Lee finds a hyper realistic truth in each of her characters and "the division between intending and departing."

Nine Behind

Hungarian with English subtitles.

Alone in her Vancouver apartment, a young woman calls her estranged grandfather in Budapest, ostensibly to ask about his career in the Hungarian film industry for a school project. The conversation shifts, becoming an attempt to fill a generational gap and a chance for her to reconnect with her family’s history.

Smoke That Travels

English and Potawatomi with English surtitles

Through the use of original music, dance, culture, and color, this personal documentary explores preservation and loss of Native American culture along with the filmmaker's identity as Prairie Band Potawatomi.

Your Mother And I

Johnna's Mom and Dad (Don McKellar) changed the world. Or so her father says. Whilst they are speaking, Johnna and her dad can’t seem to connect, each growing more and more frustrated with one another. Based on a David Eggers short story of the same name, Your Mother and I reveals the small familial moments that belie larger tensions between generations.