Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago….and now FINALLY New York City. Anthology Film Archives. 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.) Manhattan, NY
Short Film: STILL RIVER, SILENT JUNGLE, 10min., USA
If built, the Chepete-Bala mega hydroelectric dams would flood over 770 square kilometers of Bolivian Amazon and would force the relocation of 48 indigenous communities within two protected areas. One brave woman, Ruth Alipaz Cuqui, steps forward to voice her peoples’ concerns before the United Nations. Consequently, she becomes a target for backlash by the Bolivian government, who claims that her Western education deems her to be no longer indigenous, and therefore unfit to represent her own people. Returning to her ancestral land for guidance, Ruth solidifies her resolve to defend what she loves when she travels for ten days down the river whose tumultuous path and uncertain future mirror her own reality.
The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes.
Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival.
This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way.
When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival.
A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.