MY DAUGHTER SHAMPORO (NOSHINTO SHAMPORO)
(Peru, Spain 48 mins)
Directed by Tita Portela
ElÃas, leader of the Ashanika tribe (Central Rainforest in Peru), decides to return to his birthplace in search of a medicine woman who will teach his daughter Shamporo all about plants and ceremonial rites. The journey takes them along the Ene river to faraway places as they follow the clues that will lead them to MarÃa, the best medicine women that ElÃas knows. Shamporo discovers the scenary of the river travelling by boat, plane and car and passing through the city. Finally, she arrives at the home of MarÃa, who listens to reflects upon ElÃas request.
(USA 53 mins)
Directed by Carla Precht and Kathleen Man
At age 28, Diane Israel ended her career as one of the world's top women triathletes when her body collapsed. To understand what was driving her need for physical perfection, Diane sets out on a journey to explore the cultural influences that shape our perception of beauty. Over the next few years, she films surprisingly candid and intimate conversations with fellow champion athletes, body builders, fashion models, burn victims and inner city teens, who share their own experiences and insights relating to self-image. Hearing their stories forces Diane to confront her own painful history, family secrets and failed dreams. An emotionally charged reunion that brings together her paralyzed mother with Diane's mentally challenged brother is the final catalyst for Diane's transformation.
MEINRAD CRAIGHEAD: PRAYING WITH IMAGES
(USA 59 mins)
Follow the lifelong pilgrimage of visionary artist Meinrad Craighead and her mystical encounters with the Divine Feminine. Discover how her life experiences influence her art: early years in Arkansas with a beloved grandmother, teaching and studying in Europe, 14 years as a nun in England, her interactions with the culture in New Mexico where she now lives, and leading women's art and spiritual groups. Learn how Catholicism, ancient mythology, and Native American shamanism shape Meinradâ€™s art and ideas about God. Experience her moving images and stories of a devastating fire along the Rio Grande River near her home, and travel with her on a recent pilgrimage to the Black Madonna of Montserrat, Spain. See nearly 100 of the artist's paintings and prints in beautiful detail.
PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL
(USA 72 mins)
Directed by Gini Reticker
PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL is the gripping account of a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades old civil war. Combining contemporary interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia the film recounts the experiences and memories of the women who stood up to their country's tyrannical leader and brutal warlords, in order to bring peace to their tormented country.
UMOJA, THE VILLAGE WHERE MEN ARE FORBIDDEN
(France, 52 mins)
Directed by Jean-Marc Sainclair
From 1970 to 2003, 1,600 women said they had been raped by British soldiers in northern Kenya. Feeling dishonored, their husbands beat and abandoned them. A handful of these women created Umoja, a village off-limits to men, which became the refuge of Samburu women. Jealous men regularly threaten the village and create many problems for its founder, Rebecca Lolosoli.
THE BUSINESS OF STORY
(USA 87 mins)
Directed by Rebecca Ormond
Antisocial Professor Emerson has overcome great adversity, namely her mother. Now itâ€™s publish or perish time and only one eccentric publisher is interested in Emâ€™s book of childhood stories on the condition that Em include her motherâ€™s account of the events alongside Emâ€™s own.
Em grudgingly agrees to include her motherâ€™s versions, although they are disturbingly absurd; but then so are Emâ€™s. The victim and villain are simply switched in each womanâ€™s surreal retelling of Emâ€™s childhood.
The film weaves these stories with Emâ€™s comically dysfunctional life as Em searches for the â€œmeaningful coincidencesâ€ the publisher insist are â€œthe business of story.â€
Dramatic Appalachian Features