Women Building Peace Best Doc at Silver Wave + Moving Images Distribution at NWSA 2016, Montréal :

Women Building Peace Best Doc at Silver Wave + Moving Images Distribution at NWSA 2016, Montréal

Women Building Peace had its world première November 6th at the Silver Wave Film Festival, Fredericton, New Brunswick, where it received the Best Documentary Award. This was the 16th year for the Silver Wave Festival, an event created and hosted by the New Brunswick Filmmakers' Co-Op. Four days of screenings played to standing room only audiences, as was the case at the Sunday afternoon screening of Women Building Peace.

The film received a standing ovation, and writer-director Colleen Wagner was on hand for discussion to share her experiences that led to the creation of the film. What began as research into a female-centered heroic myth led her to discover the amazing efforts of African women, survivors of AIDS, war and genocide, all working together to rebuild their lives and a better society.

Women Building Peace joined other works from Moving Images Distribution in our offerings at the National Women's Studies ConferencePalais de Congrès, Montréal, November 10th to 13th. In our Exhibitor's booth, we presented a selection of works and met with delegates from all over North America, including a few from Europe and one from Thailand.

The National Women's Studies Association, based in Baltimore, holds annual conferences attended by academics, programmers, students, community workers and activists. This was the first time the NWSA has held its conference in Canada. The conference theme of DECOLONIALITY attracted 2,200 delegates, the second largest conference in the history of the NWSA. We curated a collection of works that speak to the theme and sub-themes of the conference, with a major focus on works by Indigenous artists.

We had special assistance at the conference from Carla Hilario, PhD candidate in the School of Nursing at UBC and Dr. Yasmin Jiwani, a professor in Communications Studies at Concordia University. Four days of papers and panels included Vancouver filmmaker Karin Lee's presention Chinook Jargon and Feminist Resistance featuring her short film Small Pleasures. The organization of the conference was impressive; and with so many excellent sessions to choose from, it was a feast for the mind.

Moving Images Distribution gratefully acknowledges assistance from the Office of Audience and Market Development, Canada Council for the Arts that made our participation in both these events possible.

Click here to view our special NWSA 2016 Conference catalogue.

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