NOW Women's Film Festival

Tropic Sprockets by Ian Brockway


Once again its time for the NOW Film Festival at the Tropic Cinema. The Festival runs throughout March every Wednesday at 6 PM. Last year’s event proved fantastic and this year is no exception.

First, there is “The Woman King” (2022). Director Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood helms this true story highlighting Dahomean women fighting the 1823 slave trade. This is a real life story in the tradition of Marvel superhero films, is an action packed ride with stunning cinematography by Polly Morgan. It is a poignant origin story of a warrior as well as a terrific hero story of a woman fighting for what is right and just. Viola Davis stars.

“Born in Flames” (1983) is directed by Lizzie Borden. After men attack a woman on the street, several woman fight back as vigilantes, settling the score. This film has all the power and charisma of a cult and is a great vehicle for fighting sexism and old fashioned male dominance.

From Ida Lupino, “The Trouble with Angels” (1966) is a lighthearted romp about girls in Catholic school with a Mother Superior attempting to outwit rebellious students. Ida Lupino, who usually worked in the crime and mystery genre, was driven to portray the lives of nuns, through the eyes of a child. Starring Hayley Mills.

The French New Wave master Agnes Varda directs “Cleo from 5 to 7” (1961), following a pop singer who is awaiting results on her biopsy. Chock full of tension, the film is immersive and existential. This is one of Varda’s very best works. The cast is headed by Corinne Marchand.

To top off the festival, “The Janes” (2022) is a documentary recording the activism of an underground women’s movement fighting for legalized abortion during the period before Roe versus Wade. This film is topical and riveting, putting the spotlight on a group of dedicated progressives, who not only fight for choice but also health, regardless of one’s personal beliefs.

A film “Call Jane” chronicling the group, starring Sigourney Weaver, is due out soon. This documentary is by Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes. Be sure to join two of the documentary stars via Zoom after the screening.

Once again, this festival provides something for everyone, championing diversity and inclusion. Women’s History is World History, magical, transformative and organic at its core.

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