The LOFT FILM FEST is Nov. 8-15, 2018 and we put together a “WATCH” list of films about eliminating racism and empowering women! Mark your calendars for the following films and visit their website for more information.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 5:30PM TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 5:45PM
WITH DIRECTOR ELIZABETH CASTLE AND STAR MADONNA THUNDER HAWK IN PERSON AT THE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH SCREENING! DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Castle & Christina D. King, 2018, USA, 67 mins., Not Rated
Through the figure of Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk, this inspiring documentary traces the untold story of countless Native American women struggling for their people’s civil rights. Spanning several decades, Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle’s documentary charts Thunder Hawk’s lifelong commitment, from her early involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM), to her pivotal role in the founding of Women of All Red Nations, to her heartening presence at Standing Rock alongside thousands protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT 11:00AM TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 1:30PM DIRECTED BY Jenny Murray, 2018, Nicaragua/USA, in Spanish with English subtitles, 100 mins., Not Rated
¡Las Sandinistas! reveals a magical moment in world history when thousands of female rebel fighters transformed society’s definition of womanhood and leadership. Nicaraguan women from every social class fought on the front lines on an unprecedented scale in the Sandinista rebel army, and after the defeat of the brutal Somoza dictatorship, these same women pioneered groundbreaking nationwide medical, social, and education programs. Today, as the current Sandinista government is erasing these women’s stories of heroism, social reform, and military accomplishments from history books, these same women are fighting to reclaim history – and are once again leading inspiring popular movements for equality and democracy.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 AT NOON
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 AT 7:30PM DIRECTED BY Benedikt Erlingsson, 2018, Iceland/France/Ukraine, in Icelandic/ Spanish/English/Ukrainian with English subtitles, 101 mins., Not Rated
In this quirky, passionate and gloriously funny comedy/drama from acclaimed Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), a charming DIY eco-terrorist gets in over her head when she takes on big industry and the unscrupulous politicians out to ruin her beloved natural landscape. 50-year old Halla lives in the beautiful Icelandic Highlands. The warm-hearted choir leader also leads a secret life as a passionate hardcore environmental activist. Armed with her bow and arrow, deftly wielded, Halla sabotages the industry that she feels threatens the natural world she so fiercely loves. As she embarks on her boldest sabotage plan yet, the stakes are raised when she finds out that she is on the verge of realizing a long-cherished dream to adopt a child – a dilemma which could drastically change Halla’s plans for social revolution.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 AT 1:45PM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 7:45PM DIRECTED BY Pernille Fischer Christensen, 2018, Sweden/Denmark, in Swedish/ Danish with English subtitles, 123 mins., Not Rated
This compelling biopic chronicles a character-defining period in the young life of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, who later achieved worldwide fame as the much-beloved author of the classic children’s book, Pippi Longstocking. In Becoming Astrid, the teenaged Lindgren leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper, where she hopes to cultivate her burgeoning creativity. But seduced by her boss and bearing his child, Astrid must quickly learn to fend for herself as a young woman – and proves to be just as strong, determined and resilient as her greatest fictional heroine. In spite of her struggles, Astrid emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and internationally-acclaimed body of work.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT 12:30PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 AT 3:00PM DIRECTED BY Wanuri Kahiu, 2018, Kenya/South Africa, in English/Swahili with English subtitles, 83 mins., Not Rated “Fun, fierce and frivolous African art.” This is how director Wanuri Kahiu defines AFROBUBBLEGUM, her vision for the future of filmmaking on the African continent. Her latest feature, Rafiki, embodies this vision perfectly. A love story between two young women (played by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva) in a society that still bans homosexuality, Rafiki is saturated with joy, heartbreak, and a richly effervescent cinematography that showcases Kahiu’s native Nairobi in all its vibrancy. When Kena and Ziki first lock eyes, it’s genuinely love at first sight, despite the fact their families are political rivals. The young women grow close, but as they are not able to show their attraction in public —or even to their relatives and friends — they are forced to sneak small moments in private.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 AT 7:45PM DIRECTED BY Madeleine Olnek, 2018, USA, 84 mins., Not Rated In this laugh-out-loud, emotionally-engaging period piece that’s part sketch comedy, part historical burlesque, Molly Shannon transforms 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson from tragic spinster to irreverent lesbian heartthrob. In Wild Nights with Emily, writer/director Madeleine Olnek (The Foxy Merkins) asks and answers the question: Was Emily Dickinson really a stoic shut-in, as the history books indicate, or was she much more?
Preceded by the short film, COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO In a city that houses millions, Smita finds herself fighting beasts of a different kind as she discovers a strange pre-requisite to renting a house in middleclass Mumbai. She would make an ideal tenant – except for one glaring flaw. She is a middle-class Indian woman without a husband. An intimate perspective on the ‘ideal Indian female’ in urban India. DIRECTED BY Reema Sengupta, 2018, India, Hindi/Marathi with English Subtitles, 15 mins.