The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

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      The ninth annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival takes place at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) from Thursday to Sunday (March 6 to 9). The festival includes screenings, workshops, and panel discussions.

      The festival will open with Vancouver director Karen Lam’s supernatural thriller Evangeline. Other B.C. features at the festival include Lisa Jackson’s documentary How a People Live, which portrays the resurgence of a First Nations community after forced relocation; as well as director Michelle Ouellet’s Vancouver-made drama After Party, which stars Ali Liebert; and Anne Wheeler’s documentary on Bbz Chula, Chi.

      Other festival highlights include a screening of Canadian documentary Last Woman Standing, which looks at female boxers competing for a spot at the Olympics; Noor, a feature from Pakistan about a handsome eunuch who longs to find a woman who accepts him for who he is; German films Am I Not Your Girl, Zu Dir, and Finsterworld; Venezuelan films Extraños, Des (Pecho) Trucción, and El Regresso/The Return; U.S. film 88 Miles to Moscow; and from Cyprus, Five Ways to Die.

      VIWFF will also be the world premiere of several short films including Meghna Haldar’s Newcomers Swim, Every Friday, Kamille Kapel’s Pretty Shy City, Jane Hancock’s When I Saw You, and Carleen Kyle’s The Weather Girl.

      On March 8, which is International Women’s Day, the festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of Women in Film and Television Vancouver. 

      Tickets to individual screenings can be purchased online in advance.