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SPEED SISTERS

Christie Pits Film Festival 2017 - Eyes on the Prize
Sunday, July 16th

SPEED SISTERS

Short films — Underdog & Boxing

The Speed Sisters are an all-female Palestinian auto racing team that competes professionally in the male-dominated West Bank circuit. Canadian-Palestinian filmmaker Amber Fares’ thrilling documentary traces the triumphs and challenges of these indomitable women, united in competition not only with one another, but against social stigma and political repression. Preceding this evening’s screening are two short films that also foreground competitive drive by women in highly physical sports, a characteristic often gendered as male, especially in film. In the short doc Underdog, a Japanese woman living in the Yukon must persevere against harsh elements and solitude as she prepares to compete in the Yukon Quest, the longest and toughest dog sled race in the world, 1600km from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon. Boxing also uses competitive sports to explore themes of emotional and physical perseverance, as a middle-aged woman uses her amateur boxing class to work through her trauma and confront her grief after a tragic event.


SPEED SISTERS

directed by Amber Fares, 2015

With short films Underdog, directed by Vivian Belik & Naomi Mark, 2016
Boxing, directed by Aidan Shipley & Grayson Moore, 2015

Eats & Treats @ 6pm. Films @ Sundown
Free / PWYC
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Christie Pits Park is an accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning whenever possible

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