Women’s Stories


These films tell inspiring stories about extraordinary women. In Abalimi we see women from a South African township creating food security for themselves and their families through micro-farming. Rebecca Gomparts and Women on Web are at the forefront of the global movement to save women’s lives by creating access to safe abortion in Vessel. Grace Lee Boggs  reflects on her long life as an activist and thinker, and what it means to be a revolutionary in the U.S. today.



20 min. | 2013 | Abalimi Film
FILMMAKERS: Marysia Makowska & Todd A. Somodevilla

Sunday, March 22 | 12:15 pm | Theatre 1

Abalimi – a word meaning ‘the Planters’ – is a short documentary about Xhosa women growing organic vegetables in the harsh environmental conditions of the townships surrounding Cape Town, South Africa. Growing their own food helps them lift their families out of extreme poverty and is helping to spark a micro-farming revolution in their communities. The vegetables not used by the communities are sold to people outside of the townships, creating income for the gardeners and further helping to improve their lives. It is a story about how re-learning the basic roots of agriculture has led these women onto a path towards individual food security. This movement could result in these poverty-stricken women winning back their basic human rights.
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89 min. | 2013 | Sovereignty Productions
Diana Whitten

Sunday, March 22 | 1:30 pm | Theatre 1

Vessel begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters. We witness the creation of an underground network of emboldened, informed activists, working at the cutting edge of global reproductive rights, who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who heard and answered a calling, and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.
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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs


83 min. | 2013 | Good Docs

Sunday, March 22 | 3:30 pm | Theatre 1

Grace Lee Boggs is a 99-year-old Chinese American writer, activist and philosopher. Rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future. Grace’s lifetime of vital thinking and action traverses major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labour to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Danny Glover and others help shape this story. “Revolution”, Boggs says, “is about the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.”
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