Opening Gala: Birthing a New Cinema
317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada
Opening this year’s festival is a double bill of stories addressing the double meaning of labour. Both provide intimate accounts of birthing practices in Central American communities and they are equally concerned with doing so from the perspective of women. Yet, each film also explores the way the roles of several members in these communities take on new responsibilities. From indigenous midwives struggling to impart ancestral knowledge about child rearing in a world facing increasing health risks, to the tale of a shepherdess put in charge of her household’s livelihood while her mother writhes in the throes of childbirth, these films become testaments to labour’s transformative power.
NACIMIENTOS / GIVING BIRTH
Directors: Analicia López, Vicente Pérez, Isac Dogirama, Bonarge Pacheco Jr., Luciani Herrera, Fernandilio Garrido, Jorge Luis Gómez Rodríguez, José Manuel Pimentel, Luris Campos, Karina Chávez, François Laurent In Collaboration with the Wapikoni team.
Country: Panama - Canada Year: 2016 Lenght: 7’36” Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: In a landscape of colors and movements, an elder of the Panama Embera people shares the knowledge of her people surrounding births.
LA CASA MÁS GRANDE DEL MUNDO / THE GREATEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD
Directors: Ana V. Bojórquez & Lucía Carreras.
Country: Guatemala - Mexico Year: 2015 Lenght: 74’ Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Rocío is a daydreaming Mayan girl who lives up in the craggy highlands of Guatemala. When her pregnant mother starts having premature contractions, Rocío finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime: she is sent to drive their herd of sheep across the mountainous pastures all on her own. Rocío is very young for such a task, and when she goes in search of a missing lamb, the rest of the herd wanders off. Rocío has to find how to rise to the challenge and to face her worst fears.
Reception admission ONLY with Opening Film Ticket stub.
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