MARGARET & EVERGON: SYNOPSIS
In 1999, the celebrated Montreal photographer Evergon took a remarkable series of nude portraits of his own mother, then 80 years old: black and white images that embodied not the infirmities of old age, but a timeless strength, dignity, even majesty. The photographs were instantly recognized as a singular achievement, and a major contribution to the photographer’s body of work.
In 2007 Margaret Lunt abandoned her long-time home in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and moved to Montreal to live with her son. It was shortly afterwards that filmmaker Donald Winkler embarked on a film project that would probe what lay behind that series of photographs, uncovering a poignant family history, a woman’s determination to be her own person, and a remarkable and inspiring relationship between mother and son.
Margaret had two gay sons, one of whom died of Aids. In the small community where she lived, in the 1950s, she came to be a comfort and support not only to her own offspring, but to an entire gay community. What the film reveals are the complex and intimate links between Margaret’s life and family history, and her determination to collaborate with her son in the unorthodox way she did. The film concludes with the celebration of Margaret’s ninetieth birthday.
Exposure explores how toxins and radiation in the environment are affecting our health. It examines women's health, focusing on breast cancer and the possibilities for reducing cancer through the phasing out of toxins in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Exposure looks at the possibilities for the prevention of cancer that are beyond the control of personal lifestyle choices.
Exposure is hosted by singer, actor breast cancer survivor Olivia Newton John. Featuring Dr. Devra Lee Davis, Dr. Susan Love and the late Bella Abzug.
“What is thy request? Even if it be half the kingdom you may have it”
The Scroll of Esther (5:3)
How much power do women have to change age-old religious and social structures? Will altering religious practices to allow fuller participation by women fundamentally change the fabric of the religion?
In this provocative documentary film, HALF THE KINGDOM, seven remarkable Jewish women from Canada; the United States and Israel, strive to find common ground between religious and cultural tradition and contemporary feminist principles.
The quotation from ‘The Scroll of Esther’, one of the rare books in the Hebrew Scriptures to bear a woman’s name, symbolizes the quest of contemporary women for equality. HALF THE KINGDOM addresses a basic issue faced by women in the majority of mainstreams religions. It concerns issues not only of feminism, but also of religious pluralism and civil rights. Whether Jewish or not, one will gain inspiration from the seven indomitable women portrayed in HALF THE KINGDOM.
The women in the film include: Professor Alice Shalvi, Jerusalem; Politician Shulamit Aloni, Tel Aviv; Rabbi Elyse Goldstein Toronto; Professor Norma Joseph, Montreal; journalist and activist Michele Landsberg, Toronto Professor Naomi Goldenberg and writer Esther Broner, New York.
TITLE: The Women’s Movement Continues: Grandmothers in Solidarity
GENRE: Documentary, women.
LOGLINE: Canadian Grandmothers welcome African Grandmothers to Canada on a journey into solidarity to end HIV/AIDS in African communities.
Traveling across Canada into over 40 communities in 65 days, the AfriGrand Caravan carried visitors from Africa to meet the Canadian Grandmother groups who have been supporting them through the Stephen Lewis Foundation. African Grandmothers and Grand Daughters shared their stories first hand of what present day living is like in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, and what work they are doing to change their futures now. We meet a sample of the many amazing Canadian Grandmothers and others along the journey from St.John’s NFLD, to Victoria BC while listening to the voices of these women join their African sisters in solidarity. The relationships nurtured on this journey are touching, moving and an ever present example of what a group of compassionate people can do together to change a part the world. While showing us that women are the change makers.
A story of art and passion, sorrow and tragedy, love and friendship, By Woman's Hand is a poignant documentary exploring the life and times of three of Canada's outstanding women artists from the 1920s - Prudence Heward, Sarah Robertson and Anne Savage. Although they painted and exhibited alongside Canada's iconic Group of Seven their paintings all but disappeared after their deaths until they were re-discovered by a new generation of art historians, curators and art lovers.
Baise Majesté s'intéresse aux pratiques sexuelles contemporaines, en donnant la parole à celles qui aujourd'hui mènent le bal : les femmes. Cette série le fait de façon directe, personnelle et irrévérencieuse, c'est-à-dire en écoutant non pas des experts, mais des femmes parler franchement de leur vie sexuelle.
Sex, Truth and Videotape looks at contemporary sexual practices by giving voice to those who are at the forefront of the discussion today: women. The program deals bluntly, personally and irreverently with the topic - by listening not to what the experts have to say but by letting women themselves talk frankly about their sex lives.
FLATLY STACKED is a humorous yet poignant documentary that asks the question: How can a flat-chested woman find happiness in a world obsessed with big breasts? With personal stories, archives and hilarious animation, FLATLY STACKED lifts and enhances this marginalized and fast-disappearing female silhouette.
A one-hour documentary. Produced and written by Judy Holm & Michael McNamara. Directed by Michael McNamara. Narrated by Judy Holm. Music by Kurt Swinghammer.
The penis. Why is this wonderful wiggly appendage such a source of tension, confusion and anxiety? Can a search for penis perfection provide the answer? Is there such a thing as a perfect penis? PENIS DEMENTIA: The Search for the Perfect Penis is an amusing, irreverent and insightful hunt for seminal answers to penetrating questions with help from doctors, sex experts, and actual penis users.
A one-hour documentary. Produced by Judy Holm & Michael McNamara. Directed and written by Michael McNamara. Music by Kurt Swinghammer.