LaDIY Doc/Fest Picks

If you’re wondering where to start at this years Doc/Fest, the international documentary film festival held at the Showroom in Sheffield, then look no further:

  • After Tiller (the stories of the four doctors who provide late-term abortions in the US. The title is a reference to a murdered former fifth doctor, George Tiller)
  • Alma, a Tale of Violence (story of a 15-year-old girl in a Guatemalan gang)
  • Boys (film following two boys at a school for children with emotional and behavioural problems)
  • Coffee Time (old ladies talk sex in a short film)
  • Female Trouble (John Waters black comedy starring infamous drag queen Divine, accompanying I Am Divine biopic in a double bill)
  • Fuck for Forest (doc about a Berlin-based NGO that funds environmental activism through making porn. They now accuse the director of misrepresentating them in the film.)
  • God Loves Uganda (another recent doc on gay rights in Uganda, after last year’s Call Me Kuchu)
  • I Am Divine (biography of Divine)
  • Karayuki-san, the Making of a Prostitute (1973 documentary telling the story of a Japanese woman forced into sex work in WWII as one of Japan’s ‘comfort women’, told through interviews)
  • Makers: Women who Make America (‘a thoroughly enjoyable romp through the modern [American] women’s movement’, apparently, told through archive footage and talking heads)
  • Mothers (exploration of state-enforced birth control policing in China – this one sounds really good)
  • NCR: Not Criminally Responsible (not about gender, but seemed worth highlighting to ladiyfest – on mental health and rehabilitation)
  • Pina (dancers performing the works of the choreographer Pina Bausch)
  • Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (don’t think this needs an explanation)
  • Rafea: Solar Mama (story of a Jordanian Bedouin woman learning to be a solar engineer, now unsure how she fits into traditional Bedouin society)
  • Valentine (an American school shooting, but was this an LGBT/trans hate crime?)

You may also be interested in: The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Gangs, Dogging Tales, Confessions of a Male Stripper, and anything in the Queer Screen strand.

If you see anything brilliant or have any other recommendations let us know!

About ladiyfestsheffield

LaDIYfest (noun) (pron; lay dee aye why fest) LaDIYfest Sheffield is an inclusive, DIY, anti-capitalist, community-based feminist collective involved with local activism and a range of events and activities, culminating in a weekend of festivities at the end of the year. In 2012 we will be running a series of discussion groups and practical workshops discussing feminist issues whilst continuing to organise socials and fundraise for local community groups. We want to create a celebration of women with an emphasis on the artistic, the creative and the political. We oppose the part that capitalism plays in the oppression of women. We want to raise awareness of women’s issues and engage local women with local women’s organisations to create a more equal society for everyone. We will do this by providing a platform to highlight feminist and LGBTQ art, projects and activism through music; performance art; spoken word; films; discussion; art exhibitions and practical workshops, promoting social change in a non-discriminatory environment. LaDIYfest Sheffield is part of a global movement which grew out of the DIY and Riot Grrrl scenes. Since the first Ladyfest, which was held in Olympia USA in August 2000, feminists worldwide have adopted the name and organised Ladyfests in their own towns. We salute you for inspiring us to continue making this happen. LaDIYfest Sheffield is organised by a collective of volunteers and led primarily by self identified women but anyone who shares our goals is welcome to get involved. We hope people of all genders, abilities, ages, ethnicities and sexualities will feel welcome to participate!
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