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March 7, 2017

Women in Politics (in film)

Edmonton International Womens' Film Festival 2017

Written by Jeff Samsonow

The Edmonton International Women’s Film Festival returns to Metro Cinema this month, beginning on March 8 – International Women’s Day.

The festival (formerly known as “You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down“) is back with three movies that focus on the theme of women in politics. This is as timely a topic as ever, after the recent U.S. election, our own premier’s life being under constant threat and municipal elections in Edmonton where we have a chance to elect more women to city council and school boards (we currently have just one woman elected to city council).

March 8 – The Contender

A political thriller about a senator who is nominated to become Vice President and faces vicious attacks on her personal life. Pre-show with authors’ discussion and presentations is at 5:30 p.m. Movie screens at 7 p.m.

March 15 – Kim Campbell: Through The Looking Glass

A portrait of Canada’s only female prime minister and the campaign she lost. Screens with “Day of Change” about the Alberta NDP’s election victory in 2015. Pre-show at 5:30 p.m., movie screens at 7 p.m.

March 26 – Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?

Following on Hilary Clinton’s loss in November, this film looks at (many) other countries that have elected a woman to lead. Screens with 25%: A Documentary, which is about the push for more women to be elected to office. Pre-show at 12:30 p.m., movie screens at 2 p.m.


For more International Women’s Day events, you can check out our earlier post on what’s going on in Edmonton.

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