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Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival

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10/13 | 12:00 - 10:00 PM

Free Admission

The fifth annual Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival (GRFFF) is a FREE one-day celebration dedicated to elevating voices and showcasing talent from historically underrepresented groups in mainstream media. 

GRFFF is run entirely by volunteers and is made possible through community partnerships and sponsors. And we're always looking for more!

Learn more: grfff.org

Films:

BLOCK 1
RUNTIME: 41 Minutes

The Station
United Kingdom, Hong Kong | Film by Jocelyn Wat

The Granny awaited her little girl at the train station but turned out she had got onto the wrong platform! To rescue her, she had to get through horrifying obstacles. Would this all prove to be too much for the old lady to save what she treasures the most?

Girls Soccer Beyond Borders
Israel | Film by Zlila Helman

Arab and Jewish girls are playing football together in mixed groups as a team, helping each other to win, breaking down emotional barriers, bridge over negative perceptions of the “other”, strengthen their feminist identity and above all building friendship for a better future.

Mommy Goes Race
Canada | Film by Charlene McConini

The only female car racer in Kitigan Zibi Anishinable Nation, Charlene juggles being a super mum with derby racing she passionately undertakes with her boyfriend and Charlie, and experienced Quebecer driver. Aspiring to be a positive role model, she wants to set an example to show young women not to be scared of trying new things.

The Message is in the Song
Solomon Islands | Film by Danielle Ryan

Mother Moira grew up believing she was destined to behave and do as every other woman. However, when her position is society is elevated to the status of a ‘chief’, she surprises herself. She travels on a quest to save lives and to ultimately save Mother Earth, something her grandfather once did long ago. Her struggle is representative of women across the globe who struggle to have a say over how their natural resources are managed.

Goat: The Music of Mikiko
USA | Film by Trisha Gaw

A portrait of Japanese pianist Mikiko Matsumura’s struggles and growth after moving over 7,000 miles from her home to New Orleans. Goat offers a look at her creative solution to finding connection on foreign land when faced with a linguistic divide.

The World I Live In
USA | Film by WMCAT Advanced Video Students

"The World I Live In" Examines the pressure that an unjust immigration policy and toxic culture has on a teenager just trying to live her life.

BLOCK 2
RUNTIME: 42 Minutes

Getting Ready
Singapore | Film by Alicia Chong Wei Tian

Three men share why they put on makeup to get ready for their day in this documentary about the unspoken community of men in makeup in Singapore.

Twinkle Power to Change
Pakistan | Film by Aftab Abbasi

The first ever woman weightlifter from Pakistan to have won a gold medal internationally, Twinkle belongs to the minority Christians of Pakistan and hers is a story of change from one of the most sidelined, marginalised communities. Her success has changed views about minorities and also opened up new opportunities for women in general by breaking the conservative traditions of the land.

The New Woman
U.S.A. | Film by Joardan Blankenship

An experimental take on society's expectations of women and what it means to defy those expectations.

Mino Bimaadiziwin
USA | A Film by Shane McSauby

A trans Anishinaabe man meets a young woman who pushes him to reconnect with Indigenous culture.

Dreamer
U.S.A. | Film by Italia Millan

These are the stories of three DREAMers and their fight for their right to live in the only country they know as home. DREAMER was made by a Mexican female filmmaker (who resides in Michigan) about a social justice issue close to her heart: the struggle that undocumented immigrants face in this country and their fight to be recognized as fellow humans and productive members of their communities.

BLOCK 3
RUNTIME: 56 Minutes

Tampon
U.S.A | Film by Alexandra Neuman

This animation explores the metaphorical significance of the tampon as a phallic item inserted into the vagina. The tampon can be seen as a rite-of-passage for pubescent women, an invitation to control their bodies and conceal the messy corporeality of being female.

Greyscaled
U.S.A | Film by Matthew Klein

A young woman teetering on the edge of self-destruction butts heads with her closest friend in a motel room in the middle of the desert.

Monogrammatic
U.S.A | Film by Hannah Sullivan and Seth Thompson

This screendance film parallels narrative elements from the #metoo movement with themes of abuse survival. The subject's goat-like wardrobe prompts viewers to consider the process of a female victim being "put out to pasture" once the abuse(r) has finished using her body. But then with strong resolve, the subject stands up, speaks out and cuts the cord-- encouraging women and survivors of all identities in their journey toward healing.

[ TRANS ]
U.S.A | Film by Garrett Black

[TRANS] bridges the gap between the gap between science fiction and representation of the transgender experience. In the approaching future, a woman mid-transition struggles to support her best friend's efforts to transcend his physical body and upload his mind to the internet.

Exit Strategy #4
U.S.A | Film by Kym McDaniel

Experimental Documentary. A ritual that ends in goodbye. Stories about a girl who made herself puke as an alternative to death. The fourth in a series examining how my head injury has asked me to cope with my emotional and physical traumas.

Sexpert Franzen
U.S.A | Film by Kaitlyn Busbee & Maria Vorhis

Meet Fiona Franzen, a young aspiring math teacher who has lived her life according to an equation: school + job + fiancé = success. When Fiona is thrust into teaching 6th Grade Sex Ed (thanks to Mr. Kraby's well-timed fishing trip), she begins to question her arithmetic. A short comedy about head versus heart.

BLOCK 4
RUNTIME: 48 Minutes


DIFFERENT - JE SUIS DIFFERENT.E
France | Film by Ben Lemaire

I came out as a transgender to my parents months ago. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful. Too much hopeful.

Jabari Keating
U.S.A | Film by Stacey Larkins

Upon making a life altering decision, Jabari Keating is a candid first person narrative film that explores his personal reflections, life experiences and trials and tribulations as an African American in present day America.

PERPETURAPED
United Kingdom | Film by Charlie Brook

A short documentary on the UK media's role in the perpetuation of rape culture in the media. Speaking to Lillian Constantine, a rape survivor from Ramsgate who was one of few in the UK to try and convict her rapist in 2016, we hear first hand what it’s like to go from being a victim of rape, to trial, and, finally, to moving forward.

Hair Trigger
U.S.A | Film by Taylor Shafer

School shooting survivor Sadie, her mother Terry, and Sadie's best friend Elyse struggle to reconcile the night before the rest of Sadie's classmates return to school without her.

Plenty to say: The Radical Murals of Mary Perry Stone
U.S.A | Film by Ramie Streng and Patricia Somers

Artist Mary Perry Stone didn’t drink, smoke or lead a wild life; her passion was being a social protest artist. The murals shown in this film were the culmination of her life-long dedication to exposing the horrors of exploitation and corruption.

BLOCK 5
RUNTIME: 52 Minutes


Raakh Ko Dhua (A short Musical about Acid Attack Victims in India)
India | Film by Pranit Sahni

A music video built around a major recurring theme in the song: faces. The narrative depicts the life of an acid attack victim and a victim of domestic violence. We see the acid attack victim living her life to the fullest, and the victim of domestic violence tries to show everyone that she is living a happy life. A chance encounter with the acid attack victim at a pub gives her the strength and courage to come out to the world as a survivor.

Callate Nina "Stay Quiet"
Dominican Republic | Film by Victoria Linares Villegas & Wendy Muñiz

Despite living in a conservative society, Daniela, a closeted queer, commits to a young high schooler named Lucía, but a traumatic event threatens their relationship.

Rosario
Mexico | Film by Marlén Ríos-Farjat

Rosario sees her days go by as caregiver for her ill husband. Silently, she bears the burden of a marriage that has dried up. No one in her family knows how she feels; everyone keeps up appearances. But a struggle has begun between her duty and her own desires.

GIRL FACT - A teenage guide to survive sex slavery
Belgium | Film by Maël G. Lagadec

In the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, rape is used as a “weapon of war” for more than 15 years. Martha writes a teenage girl’s guide to surviving sex slavery.

BLOCK 6
RUNTIME: 54 Minutes


Gloria's Call
U.S.A | Film by Cheri Gaulke

Scholar Gloria Orenstein’s life is forever changed through her wild journey into friendships with the women artists of Surrealism. As she witnesses the visionary art and personal struggles of Leonora Carrington, Jane Graverol, Leonor Fini, and Meret Oppenheim, she discovers her personal calling as a pioneer scholar of Surrealism and ecofeminism through richly layered art, animation and personal storytelling.

Dead Tooth

U.S.A | Film by Laena Bradley

Comedy-drama which explores a friendship between two young women. Myra, a 22 year old closeted lesbian, spends most of her time locked in her apartment with her closest friend, Kate. As her feelings for Kate grow stronger, Kate begins dating around, forcing Myra to decide whether she should potentially jeopardize their friendship by confessing her feelings, or cling to the platonic relationship she holds dear.

Camins

Spain | Film by Sara Gracia Jimenez

Macarena shares a song on Facebook. Is she trying to communicate something to Jordi or is it all just in Jordi's head?

Bride of Frankie

U.S.A | Film by Devi Snively

In this darkly comedic feminist nod to Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor’s lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly, results.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.

Earlier Event: October 12
Love, Gilda
Later Event: October 19
Thunder Road