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1. What were the challenges you faced in creating this year's line up?
Last year, when we premiered the first Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase in El Paso, TX, it was easily curated. I simply called my friends, who are also some of my favorite filmmakers, and asked if they'd be interested in screening their films alongside mine. What began as a celebration of women filmmakers on the U.S.-Mexico border of El Paso, TX, Las Cruces, NM and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico prior to the election of Donald Trump, has now become a platform upon which women filmmakers to challenge stereotypes and false perspectives about women, gender roles, people of color, and the LGBT community. Since we had wonderful success with the last Showcase, we decided to open it up to submissions this year and were immensely fortunate to receive over 185 submissions from all over the world. The greatest challenge for us, because we are still only a two hour showcase, was to select only seven films out of all of the ones we received. It was incredibly difficult but we couldn't be happier and more proud of the films being spotlighted this year!
2. What attracted you to the films you selected this year?
What attracted us to the films this year is that, thematically, they are all pushing, if not altogether smashing, huge barriers in regards to gender, geographical borders, cultural identity, and oppression. We are continuing with our mission from last year to challenge bias and perception however, this year the topics have expanded and we are sharing our platform with other countries and borders from around the world. This was quite an unexpected yet incredibly exciting turn for us.
3. Last year, you had featured one of your own films, are you working on any new projects?
Right now, FFFS is taking up every single moment of my life but in a good way! So, in short, no. I'm not currently working on anything else but Femme Frontera which is not only a film festival but an organization. In addition to the annual festival, we also teach filmmaking and will be hosting two other film events in 2018 as well as beginning our national Showcase tour in January. I would love to begin writing a feature film somewhere in between.
4. Where will Femme Frontera be playing this year? Are you open to bringing the show to other locations, and if people are interested in booking the fest, how can they get in touch with you?
In regards to the tour, we'll begin confirming locations next month however, we are planning on screening the new films of the 2nd Annual FFFS again in Los Angeles, CA and Austin, Texas and have received requests from cities we haven't screened in such as Albuquerque, NM, Tyler, Texas, La Grange, GA and Milwaukee, WI. We will also most likely screen this year in San Francisco, CA, New York, NYC, and Chicago, IL. It's always an honor to be invited to screen our films at other locations. We are always open and excited about these wonderful opportunities. Anyone who would like to host an FFFS can contact us through our website: www.femmefrontera.org.
5. What are your goals for future showcases?
Our goals in regards to future Showcases are to continue representing our border region while continuing to welcome and share our platform with other women filmmakers around the world. We would like to continue to expand our reach, our audiences, and most importantly, community involvement. We have a busy year ahead, indeed.
The Films of Femme Frontera 2017
* Windows - United States/Mexico
Two isolated women bond by sharing their lives from a distance through their apartment windows. They are blocks apart, but despite their efforts, will never meet. Two women. Two windows. Two realities.
Science Fiction Short
Directed by Maru Buendia-Senties
* Child, Mother, Bride: Nigeria - United States/Nigeria
Young women who were captives of Boko Haram speak.
Directed by Stephanie Sinclair and Nichole Sobecki
* Filip - Nathalie Álvarez Mesén - United States/Sweden
Seven-year old Philip admires his older brother Sebastian most of all. They fool around, watch movies and play football together. One evening Filip happens to see something unexpected between Sebastian and his best friend and Filip doesn't know how to handle it.
Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén
* Do not come to Europe - Sweden
Three refugees from DR Congo tell their life stories. Mixed with the voice of swedish people the audience is faced with a new perspective of the life as a refugee.
Directed by Hanna Pousette, Minna Lundberg, Pontus Joneström
* Raven - Razelle Benally - United States
A young woman faces a difficult decision while pregnant with her first child.
Directed by Razelle Benally
* We Did Not Fall from the Sky - United Kingdom/India
Purushi, Pratiksha and Shalu are trans women struggling to find their place in contemporary Indian society, often via the only means of making a living available to them: sex work and begging.
Directed by Tabs Brese and Georgia Oakley
* That Day Will Come - United States
Directed by Sarah Hope, founder of the Drum Retreat, this film shares personal reflections of four drummers while they follow their life passion, offering a rare glimpse into the female experience as told by women who play the loudest instrument in rock and roll.
Directed by Sarah Hope