Cine Las Americas and
Femme Frontera Present:
Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase
2:00pm, Sunday, May 6th, 2018
FREE and OPEN to the public!
In collaboration with Femme Frontera, Cine Las Americas presents the 2017 Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase. The selection includes women filmmakers from all over the world who challenge stereotypes and false perspectives about women, gender roles, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. The Femme Frontera showcase compliments Cine Las Americas’ mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding by expanding the regions of the world that are represented in this year’s programs.
FEMME FRONTERA. Wanting to host a private screening for friends and family upon the completion of her short film, MEMORY BOX, Femme Frontera founder Angie Reza Tures reached out to some of her favorite filmmakers in El Paso and asked them to be a part of the screening. What transpired became an exhibition celebrating female filmmakers from the El Paso-Juarez U.S.-Mexico border region called the Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase. It premiered at the Alamo Drafthouse on August 1st, 2016 and sold out within ten days.
Now a collective, the six founding members of Femme Frontera have evolved the Showcase to include women filmmakers from all over the world who challenge stereotypes and false perspectives about women, gender roles, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. The 2nd Annual Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase, held on September 23rd, 2017, received over 185 submissions from around the globe and featured films which thematically push, if not altogether smash barriers in regards to gender, geographical borders, cultural identity, and oppression. Femme Frontera also continues to advocate for the amplification of women’s voices through media education workshops and community outreach.
For more information, please visit www.femmefrontera.org
SPECIAL GUEST IN ATTENDANCE: ANGIE REZA TURES. Femme Frontera founder and filmmaker, Angie Reza Tures has worked in independent film since 2003 after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Media Studies and minor in Music. For twelve years, she worked as a producer, director, and editor in the Bay Area mentoring under Oscar-nominated and Sundance award-winning documentary filmmakers. In 2011, she moved back to her hometown of El Paso, Texas to start a family and began teaching documentary filmmaking classes to youth in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio. In 2016, after the completion of her short film, MEMORY BOX, she curated and organized the Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase with five other female filmmakers from the U.S.-Mexico border region. Femme Frontera is now an organization of which Tures is the Executive Director.
|Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase / Screening Order|
|Mexic-Arte Museum. Sunday May 6th, 2pm|
Two isolated women bond by sharing their lives from a distance through their apartment windows. They are blocks apart, but despite their efforts, will never meet. Two women. Two windows. Two realities.
|Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria
Stephanie Sinclair, Nichole Sobecki
Young women who were captives of Boko Haram speak.
Nathalie Alvarez Mesen
Seven-year-old Filip admires his sixteen-year-old brother Sebastian most of all. One evening, Filip sees something unexpected happen between Sebastian and Sebastian’s best friend. He doesn’t know how to handle it.
|Do not Come to Europe
Minna Lundberg, Hanna Pousette, Pontus Joneström
Three refugees from DR Congo tell their life stories. Mixed with the voices of Swedish people, the film gives audiences a new perspective on life as a refugee.
|We Did not Fall from the Sky
Tabs Breese, Georgia Oakley
Purushi, Pratiksha, and Shalu are trans women struggling to find their place in contemporary Indian society, often via the only means of making a living available to them: sex work and begging.
A young woman, overcome by grief, contemplates a dark path after the painful loss of her little girl. But a dreamlike encounter deep in the woods shows her that life is worth living after all.
|That Day Will Come
Directed by Sarah Hope, founder of the Drum Retreat, this film shares personal reflections of four drummers while they follow their life passion, offering a rare glimpse into the female experience as told by women who play the loudest instrument in rock and roll.