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Dublin Feminist Film Festival
Marina Hotel - 19. January 15:00 - 18:00

Town of Strangers by Treasa O'Brien - Documentary 82 min.

They say there are only two stories: a person goes on a journey and a stranger comes to town. This creative hybrid documentary film tells those stories with people from all over the world who have made the small town of Gort (population 3000) their home: Brazilian migrants, English hippies, an Irish Traveller, an Afghan pizza maker and a coffee-loving Syrian refugee. A wandering filmmaker goes on a journey to Gort and calls auditions asking people to tell her 'dreams, lies, memories and gossip'. She chooses mainly women to work with and together they go on a cinematic journey to make these stories into cinema.

The Beekeeper by Robyn Conroy - 6:29

Deep in the heart of a bamboo forest, a paternal bear watches over Mae, a spirited young girl that he is raising. Sustained by the collection of beehives that the bear tends to, the two live together in peaceful harmony. However, in order to continue this peaceful way of life there is one rule that Mae cannot break - she must never enter the bee yard where the bees are kept. Everything must change for the two when she does.

Legend has it by Ciara Johnsson - 6:35

Legend Has It is set in a perfect Celtic society that has been built on tradition, honor and honesty. This story centers around the life of our protagonist, Bronwyn, who is preparing for a coming of age ceremony like no other. We follow her journey as she struggles with admitting what she knows; which could not only tarnish her family reputation, but her entire community’s. She battles with facing the consequences and the pressures of the truth.

The Don'ts of Cycling for Women by Elaine Gallagher - 1:54

Based on a genuine newspaper article from the 1890s, this short, silent comedy is a faux educational film on what women shouldn't do when cycling.

A Practical Guide by Sarah Devereux - 1:16

A short animation based around the Repeal movement
(abortion rights campaign) in Ireland.

Departure by Aoife Doyle - 9:15

An Irish grandmothers unexpected departure from her lonely life. The film tells the story of a lonely Irish Grandmother called Alma. Faced with the prospect of yet another Christmas without her emigrated family, Alma is at an all-time low. This almost tragedy quickly turns into a comedy as the universe conspires to bring her closer to her family than she could ever have imagined.

Late Afternoon by Louise Bagnall - 10:00

A frame narrative introduces Emily, an ageing woman with a failing short-term memory. While a younger lady tends to her, Emily whiles away the afternoon hours recalling defining moments of happiness in her life: childhood days on the Dublin beaches, tender encounters with a boyfriend, games with her daughter.

From Darkness by Nora Twomey - 9:00

Based on an Inuit folktale, From Darkness tells the story of a lonely fisherman who drifts into haunted waters in search of food and finds much more than he bargained for.

The Bird and the Whale by Carol Freeman - 7:00

The Bird and the Whale was created using a technique called paint-on-glass animation. Each frame is painted with slow drying oil paint and shot with a top-down camera in a light controlled room. After a frame is shot, the paint is wiped away and the next frame is repainted almost entirely from scratch. Each new frame created, destroys the last. The full 7 minutes of animation is made up of over 4300, 24 x 34 inch paintings and took more than 14 months to paint.

Early Days by Nessa Wrafter - 12:00

EARLY DAYS is a short drama about a new mother, Kate, (Maimie McCoy). In the days following her return from hospital, she’s rocked by finding her world altered beyond recognition. Her partner Steve, (Adrian Bower), is aware of her precarious mental state — but his delight at their newborn makes it hard for them to connect. Though Kate knows she’s lucky to have become a mother, and her instincts toward her baby are fiercely protective, post-natal trauma and hallucinations make the world increasingly hard to bear. Can anything pull her back to reality — before it’s too late?”

Girl by Megan K. Fox - 3:15

An experimental drama about a young homeless woman who spends her days chasing a feeling. This film is best viewed full screen on a mobile device - the portrait format will display on widescreen and does not require adjustment.

Mother and Baby by Mia Mullarkey - 18:00

MOTHER & BABY had it's world premiere at Cork International Film Festival 2017 where it was awarded Best Short Documentary. Following this the film was awarded Best Irish Short at Dublin International Film Festival 2018, and director Mia Mullarkey received the Discovery Award. At São Paulo International Short Film Festival 2018 and Irish Film Institute Documentary Festival 2018 the film won an Audience Award. This short documentary is a poetic and psychological portrayal of survival. From 1904 to 1996 children of unwed mothers in Ireland were raised in Mother & Baby Homes run by Catholic nuns. In these institutes the child mortality rate was staggeringly high and a secret mass grave containing 796 infant remains was discovered in one of the homes.