Davis Feminist Film Festival


Submissions are
currently closed.

Veteran's Memorial Center Theatre
203 E. 14th Street, Davis CA

Thursday April 30th, 2015
Friday May 1st 2015

The 10th Annual Davis Feminist Film Festival

Date: Thursday April 30 & Friday May 1, 2015

Location: Veteran's Memorial Center Theatre

Time: Doors at 6:30, Films at 7pm

Tickets: Tickets are by suggested donation

  • Students $5 to $10
  • General $10 to $15

Tickets are on sale now at the WRRC (113 North Hall on the UC Davis Campus) or at the door! CASH OR CHECK ONLY. A free waiver is available through the WRRC.

Please note: The DFFF is intended to be a scent and chemical free environment.

The line-up for the 2015 Davis Feminist Film Festival has been decided! Click on the title below to view the film synopses.

Thursday April 30th Lineup

Please be advised: The films are not rated. Some contain material that may not be appropriate for viewers of all ages.

  • Thokozani Football Club: Team Spirit (22 min.)
    Thembela Dick, South Africa / France
    Even though same-sex marriage is legal in South Africa, black lesbians face continued violence and persecution. Thokozani Football Club is a collective portrait of a lesbian football team in the township of Umlazi (Durban) named after Thokozani Qwabe, a young footballer killed in 2007, the victim of a hate crime. The camera of Thembela Dick gives us an inside glimpse of this team that has chosen to fight homophobia but also share their love of the field, underscoring how sports can be a tool for securing community and visibility for black lesbian women.

  • One Thousand and One Teardrops (17 min.)
    Fateme Ahmadi, Iran / UK
    On her first day of school, Louly is faced with a choice: what to wear, the ugly school uniform or whatever she wants? Luckily she is visited by a magic teardrop-keeper who helps her decide by telling the story of how Iranian women have strived to answer this question for 200 years. Drawing on cutout animation, archival footage, and motion graphics, this satirical adult fairy-tale explores religion, politics, and fashion with humor and pizzaz.

  • Loneliness (12 min. 43 sec.)
    Meysam Javadi, Iran
    Loneliness is an experimental film exploring the impact of veiling laws on Iranian women through three intimate portraits. The first, based on the experience of the filmmaker's grandmother, unfolds in 1936 after the Shah's ban on veiling; it depicts a pregnant woman who miscarries after being beaten by local militia for continuing to wear the veil. The second vignette tells the story of a young girl, post-1979 revolution, who loses her mandatory headscarf in a stream. The third looks imaginatively toward the future. A suspenseful and hypnotic film with stunning cinematography.

  • Tradition Objectified (6 min. 23 sec.)
    Deepa Mahadevan, Davis, CA
    This thoughtful docudrama by UC Davis graduate student Deepa Mahadevan explores issues of caste, class, and gender through the figure of the classical Indian female dancer. The film highlights three stages in a dancer's learning cycle, each reflecting the number of years of training and the "embeddedness" of the dance in the dancer's body and psyche. In the last stage, dancer and dance merge in public performance, producing and reproducing an image of "ideal" femininity that future generations of girls will be expected to uphold.

  • Fixed (7 min.)
    Cody Wilson and Burleigh Smith, Australia
    Jemimah is five years old and desperate for her dog, Tilly, to have puppies. When she learns of her parents' plans to have Tilly spayed, Jemimah embarks on a quest to get Tilly pregnant. A clever, funny narrative about the birds, the bees, and the Internet. Superb performances by Jemimah and Tilly.

  • Ngutu (4 min.)
    Felipe del Olmo and Daniel Valledor, Spain
    Ngutu is a newspaper street vendor who can't seem to sell any copies. Resentful, he starts watching the passersby closely in order to improve his business model. An irreverent, comical narrative that nevertheless packs a serious message about the gulf between affluence and poverty and the power of creative epiphanies.

  • Previous Scenes (28 min. 22 sec.)
    Aleksandra Maciuszek, Cuba
    In a small, ramshackle house full of memories, an old man, dying of emphysema, cares for his infant grandson while his daughter, the boy's mother and the family breadwinner, cares for him. The bonds between father and daughter, mother and son, and grandfather and grandson are built and rebuilt from the small acts of daily life. Inspired by the lithographs from Ars Moriendi (medieval manuals for a "good dying"), this quiet, observational film is an unadorned glimpse into the life of a poor family awaiting death while nurturing life. A visual feast, both low-key and intensely captivating.

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  • She's Beautiful When She's Angry (92 min.)
    Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy, USA
    She's Beautiful When She's Angry documents the buried history of second-wave feminism and the outrageous, often brilliant women who made it happen. Spanning the years from 1966 to 1972, the film highlights the founding of NOW, the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation, and thorny controversies over race, sexual orientation, and leadership. Artfully combining dramatizations, performance, and archival imagery, She's Beautiful recounts the stories of women who, together, fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution. It is a film about activists and activism, made to inspire and empower new generations of women and men to organize anew for feminism and human rights.

Friday May 1st Lineup

Please be advised: The films are not rated. Some contain material that may not be appropriate for viewers of all ages.

  • I Call It Love (9 min.)
    Elsy Hajjar, Lebanon
    An encounter ... a phone call ... rain and lightning ... a love lost in the darkness of Beirut. This artsy, experimental film speaks of the fragility of love between women in Lebanon, where same-sex relationships, largely invisible, are vulnerable to the weight of stigma and censure. Visually poetic.

  • Modou Modou (11 min.)
    Virginia Manchado, Spain / UK
    Modou (n): a slang term for migrants from Senegal who settle in Europe. African migrant workers comprise a significant proportion of Europe's population, but their stories are often relegated to the margins or reduced to faceless statistics. This candid, no-nonsense documentary shows the struggles and resilience of one Senegalese man in London working two jobs to better his own life and that of his family back home. Without pity or sentimentality, Modou Modou derails the myth that hard work and determination are all it takes to succeed.

  • Ants Apartment (11 min.)
    Tofigh Amani, Kurdistan / Iraq
    Husband, wife, and child live out the ups and downs of domesticity in the middle of a desert in Iraq after the first Gulf War. A wedding ring goes missing, a fight ensues, the baby won't stop crying. Mother and father reconcile, re-avowing their love. But all is not as it seems, and an unexpected arrival threatens to destroy the life they have built together. When the truth is uncovered, the family must grapple with a sobering new reality. A hauntingly beautiful film about life and loss in the aftermath of war.

  • Cordelias (25 min.)
    Gracia Querejeta, Spain
    Cordelia, the tragic heroine in Shakespeare's King Lear, is given a modern twist in this funny, tightly-crafted narrative film about ten women in a Spanish prison. Each from different backgrounds and convicted of different crimes, they organize a theatrical production that serves both as therapy to their own frustrations and as a way of reintegrating into society. As the production unfolds, conflicts arise and the women must work through the traumas that brought them to prison in the first place. Master Shakespeare, meet Orange is the New Black.

  • Heart to Heart (5 min. 49 sec.)
    Nicolette Daskalakis, Los Angeles, CA
    For the precocious Maggie Cardioid, life has always been about goals and checklists. We all have a little Maggie inside us: going through the motions and not realizing the beauty of what's around. Or worse, doubting ourselves. After all, who could love a woman born without a heart? This charming romantic comedy by a former Davisite reminds us that it's not the destination but the journey that counts, and yes, there is someone out there for everyone. Funny and visually playful, Heart to Heart perfectly embodies the old adage, "you complete me."

  • Aabida (26 min.)
    Maaria Sayed, India / UK
    After Aabida loses her husband, a police inspector, to the 2011 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, everyone expects her to unravel, undone by sorrow. But Aabida, out from under thumb of her controlling spouse, does not mourn. Unapologetic, she celebrates her newfound freedom – to wear what she wants, laugh as loud as she likes, and nurture her own desires. And yet the expectations of her family, community, and faith threaten to enclose her in the end. A poignant and, at times, funny film about tradition, obligation, and the joys of Indian cooking. Exquisite cinematography.

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  • In the Turn (90 min.)
    Erica Tremblay, USA
    Crystal is a 10-year-old transgender girl growing up in rural Canada. Tormented at school by her peers and denied the right to play sports because of her gender, she is on the brink of despair when her mother discovers the Vagine Regime, a queer roller derby collective comprised of people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and identities. The Vagine Regime helps Crystal step out of the shadows and onto the track, as the girl begins the difficult journey from exclusion to empowerment. Crystal's story unfolds against the backdrop of derby's transformation from niche sport to international social movement rooted in the LGBTQ community. A powerful and uplifting documentary about hope, perseverance, and change.

  • Q & A: The Friday night films will be followed by a Q & A discussion with an associate producer of In The Turn and founder of the Vagine Regime, Tori Harris Talavera aka "Injure Rogers," and Konnor Robison-Williams aka "MisterSister," one of the stars of the film.