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Exploring society’s expectations of women to perform as mothers, wives and
lovers, the films in the strand offer a critical yet highly entertaining
perspective on women’s traditional roles.

Films screening at this event

Marriage Material: The Musical

Director
Oran Zegman
Country
USA
Year
2019
Duration
25 min

Stunned by her boyfriend’s rejection of her marriage proposal, Leah Schwartzman checks herself into a special retreat where she is taught how to become “marriage material” in this quirky (yet quite dark) minimusical.

Winner – Short Film, LA Comedy Film and Screenplay Competition 2019

Winner – Best Musical Film, Manhattan Film Festival 2019

Winner – Best Musical Film, Rhode Island International Film Festival 2019

How to Swim

Director
Noa Gusakov
Country
Israel
Year
2018
Duration
15 min

Winner – Young Jury Award for Best Short Film, UK Jewish Film Festival 2019

Abigail wishes her late mum could be there for her when she herself becomes a mother. But someone else might unwittingly fulfil that role if only for one short but sweet afternoon.

Nominated – Best Short Feature Film, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2019

The Birth of Hunter Finkelstein

Director
Michael Weisler
Country
Australia
Year
2018
Duration
11 min

Everyone gathers at the hospital to meet Tikva’s new baby. But their excitement turns to shock when they finally get to see him.

Anna

Director
Dekel Berenson
Country
UK
Year
2019
Duration
15 min

Anna, a middle-aged single mother, lives in a small industrial town in war-torn Eastern Ukraine. Despite not having been out for years, she is lured by a radio advertisement to attend a party of foreign men who are touring the country, searching for love.

Nominated – Best Short Film, Cannes Film Festival 2019

Nominated – Best International Short Film, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Winner – Outstanding International Narrative Film, Washington DC Shorts Film Festival 2019

The Mummy’s Curse Returns

Director
Vera Neubauer
Country
UK
Year
2019
Duration
18 min

Celebrated Czech-born British animator and filmmaker Vera Neubauer’s new film is a heady exploration of the myths our culture is based on. A highly inventive animation film for adults.