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Opening Gala: Birthing a New Cinema

June 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wednesday, June 7th | 7:00 pm | AGO, Jackman Hall | 317 Dundas St W | $15 General Admission

Opening this year’s festival is a double bill of stories addressing the double meaning of labour and birth. Both provide intimate accounts of birthing practices in Central American communities and they are equally concerned with doing so from the perspective of women. Yet, each film also explores the way the roles of several members in these communities take on new responsibilities. From indigenous midwives struggling to impart ancestral knowledge about child rearing in a world facing increasing health risks, to the tale of a shepherdess put in charge of her household’s livelihood while her mother writhes in the throes of childbirth, these films become testaments to labour’s transformative power. buytickets

Nacimientos / Giving Birth

Analicia López, Vicente Pérez, Isac Dogirama, Bonarge Pacheco Jr., Luciani Herrera, Fernandilio Garrido, Jorge Luis Gómez Rodríguez, José Manuel Pimentel, Luris Campos, Karina Chávez, François Laurent In Collaboration with the Wapikoni team.
2016 • Panama/Canada • 7’36” • Documentary
In a landscape of colours and movements, an elder of the Panama Embera people shares the knowledge of her people surrounding births.
Este documental cuestiona similitudes y diferencias alrededor de un fenómeno universal: el nacimiento. El colectivo de realizadores, de tres comunidad distintas pero vecinas, solicitaron a una anciana de cada comunidad proyectar sus experiencias y compartir así sus visiones sobre la vida.
Selected for the Short Film category of the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

La Casa más Grande del Mundo / The Greatest House in the World

Ana V. Bojórquez & Lucía Carreras.
2015 • Guatemala/Mexico • 74′ • Drama
Rocío is a daydreaming Mayan girl who lives up in the craggy highlands of Guatemala. When her pregnant mother starts having premature contractions, Rocío finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime: she is sent to drive their herd of sheep across the mountainous pastures all on her own. Rocío is very young for such a task, and when she goes in search of a missing lamb, the rest of the herd wanders off. Rocío has to find how to rise to the challenge and to face her worst fears.
Rocío es una niña maya que vive en las montañas del altiplano en Guatemala. Cuando su madre empieza a tener contracciones que anuncian un parto adelantado, Rocío se encuentra a punto de vivir la aventura de su vida: debe hacerse cargo de un rebaño de ovejas y llevarlo a través de los pastos montañosos por su cuenta. Rocío es muy pequeña para tal tarea y cuando va en busca de una oveja perdida, el resto de la manada se escapa. Rocío debe encontrar la forma de superar el reto y hacer frente a sus peores miedos.
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June 7, 2017
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas St. West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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