A monthly showcase of the work of woman-directors. From quirky comedies to hard hitting documentaries to engrossing dramas.
Over 20 years ago, Toronto-based Attiya Khan was in a physically abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend, Steve. Today, she's a prominent feminist who has worked for women's shelters across the U.S. and Canada. Khan has teamed with local filmmaker Lawrence Jackman to create a unique documentary that aims to evolve the conversation around domestic abuse. Steve agrees to appear on camera to discuss the violence he inflicted on Attiya and their troubled relationship. Among this year's Hot Docs Festival's most emotionally stunning films, A Better Man takes a brave and open-minded approach to processing trauma and healing.
Co-Director and main doc subject Attiya Khan will attend the Sudbury screening.
Partial Proceeds to Take Back The Night and Genevra House
“Highly compassionate…A beautiful film.” – The Globe and Mail
“"It’s hard to put into words how brave Khan’s actions are here…" - Toronto Film Scene
“Khan is a riveting presence…" - Now Magazine NNN
During a hot and hazy summertime in northern Ontario, 13-year-old Bea (Charlotte Salisbury) wants a best friend more than anything else, but when she meets boisterous Kate (Lucinda Armstrong Hall), she gets more than she imagined. A story of bravery, small-town summer love, and the secret world of girls.
“Ingrid Veninger's sixth film is sure to spark memories among many women” – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
“It keeps you on edge" - Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine
“Ingrid Veninger hits her sweet spot with Porcupine Lake, which trades some of her scrappier aesthetic instincts for a more polished veneer but keeps the heart and prickly specificity of her best work." - Angelo Muredda, Cinemascope
“Veninger proves once again, she is always in control of her material and meticulously drives her film to its emotional climax" - Gilbert Seah, Cinemablographer
Hollywood wild-child, Hedy Lemarr, was infamous for her marriages and affairs with everyone from Spencer Tracy to JFK. This film will rediscover her, not only as an actress, but as the brilliant mind who co-invented 1940's wireless technology.
After inventing the movie sex scandal, she married a Nazi collaborator, escaped him, and fled to Hollywood. There she became a movie star known as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” Songs were written about her beauty, Snow White and Cat Woman were modelled on her iconic look. She married six husbands and had affairs with everyone from Spencer Tracy to JFK. But today, fifteen years after her death, the world has forgotten Hedy Lamarr, the great beauty.
This documentary will re-discover her, not only as an actress, but as a brilliant mind. It turns out “the most beautiful woman in the world” was also a secret inventor. In the midst of World War II, she used her free time to co-invent a radio-control technology meant for 1940s-era torpedoes, which would ultimately pave the way for secure cell phone communication, WiFi, Bluetooth, and drone warfare. This is the story of what happens when an actress, admired and ridiculed for her wild life, is secretly a genius who changed the world.
“...tells the underexposed, amazing story of a Hollywood glamour queen who could have been a scientist.” – Hollywood Reporter
“Bombshell becomes not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored, thanking them even if they never snagged the spotlight, and inspiring a new generation to go looking for theirs." - Nerdist
“Starlet. Screen Siren. The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. All phrases used to describe 1940’s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary adds Inventor to the list." - Tribeca Film Festival