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Granny’s Dancing on the Table

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 7:30pm
Sweden 2015. Dir: Hanna Sköld. 85 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE | Told in both live action and stop-motion puppet animation, this powerful and deeply disturbing film tells a story of intergenerational abuse. Post-screening discussion with Shannon Guiboche. Co-sponsored by the Counselling, Trauma and Victim Services Programs at Family Services of Greater Vancouver

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Frames of Mind Summer Classics Series!

For Better or For Worse
Two classics of American cinema that illuminate the darker corners of marriage and family life

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974) are remarkable films that pushed boundaries in their time and
have retained their power to emotionally connect with an audience. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and A Woman Under the Influence
(1974) are remarkable films that pushed boundaries in their time and
have retained their power to emotionally connect with an audience. Both
films are centred in the domestic sphere and show couples at war with
each other — both needing and hating simultaneously. In these films,
both men and women struggle with the roles society has imposed — but it
is the women, with fewer choices available to them, who suffer the most.
Martha, from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is
the very clever, college-educated daughter of the president of the
school at which her husband is an associate professor. In a time when it
was very rare for women to have careers of their own, all Martha’s
hopes and dreams, her very identity, centre on her husband – and he has
proved a great disappointment to her. Mabel, from A Woman Under the Influence,
also looks to her husband for her identity, asking him to tell her
“what” to be, insisting she’ll “be anything” he wants. Unsure of her
abilities as a wife or mother, Mabel tries to enforce a scenario of
happiness — one that is as paper-thin as her sense of self. As the
couples in these two films come together and fall apart, we are left
with a new appreciation of the depths to which love can take us.

 

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Dialogues With Madwomen

Thursday October 16, 2003 – 7:30 pm
USA 1993. Director: Allie Light

Co-sponsored by Women and Mental Health Committee of the Vancouver Community
Mental Health Services of Vancouver Coastal Health, and the Women and
Mental Health Discussion Group of the BC Centre of Excellence for
Women’s Health.

A ground-breaking, Emmy-award
winning documentary about women and mental illness. This moving and
informative film features seven women – including Light and Karen Wong,
the film’s associate producer – describing their experiences with
depression, bipolar disorder, multiple personalities, schizophrenia,
euphoria and recovery.

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