Film Screenings @ the Berks

Location: Unless otherwise noted, all screenings will be at the Media Commons Theatre, 3rd Floor, Robarts Library, University of Toronto.
Times: Friday 9-5, Sat 9-5, Sun 9-1
Cost: Free, No sign-up required.
Supported by South Asian Visual Arts Centre and Vtape

Program Information:

No list of films can encompass the remarkable range and diversity of film and video projects that fall under the rubric of women and gender history; it is impossible even to cover the different thematic threads of this conference. This selective list of both feature-length and short films reflects a few more specific objectives. First, films being discussed and shown in excerpts in film sessions on the main program will be shown here in full. The sessions in question consider intergenerational stories of residential schools; Piedra Libre: a film on memory and dance in the context of military dictatorship in Argentina; film as a pedagogical tool in teaching the history of abortion in the U.S.; and the work of Havana-based feminist filmmaker Gloria Rolando. Second, we have put together a select retrospective of Rolando’s filmography detailing critical aspects of Afro-Cuban political struggle, history and culture. Third, we have given attention to certain themes and regions (among them South Asia, Nigeria and Canada) that have a presence at the conference but not on the main program’s film sessions. Fourth, in an attempt to push the boundaries of film as a pedagogic tool within the history classroom, the schedule brings together films more likely to be used in the history classroom with others that are not – a strategy pursued more rigorously in the experimental schedule (see Experimental Film/Video and History @ the Berks on the program for details).

The following filmmakers will screen their scheduled film and lead a Q&A: 

Christine Welsh, Filmmaker, University of Victoria, “Finding Dawn” (a feature length documentary on the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada) National Film Board of Canada, 2006

Sun-Kyung (Sunny) Yi, Filmmaker, Seneca College, “Echoes” (On adoption of Chinese girls/Chinese mothers who gave up their child and Canadian mothers who adopted a child), Aysha Productions, 2013


Sarah Polley, Filmmaker and Actor, “Stories We Tell” (On excavating layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers) National Film Board, 2012 (Long-listed for Best Documentary, Academy Awards)



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