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Sat. January 29th 2005 10:00 - 5:00 @  Simon Fraser University Downtown Campus - 515 W Hastings (All Ages) 10:00 - 5:00
By Donation
Presented by: Rock for Choice
Labatt Hall Theatre, Room 1700

~ Sponsored by the National Film Board ~

This year's films include...

Doctor Woman: The Life and Times of Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw
11:00 am ­ 11:30 am

The Take
12:00 p.m. ­ 1:30

A Drop in the Ocean
2:00 pm ­ 2:50 pm

Beyond Borders: Arab Feminists Talk About Their Lives... East and West
3:00 pm ­ 3:50 pm

The Game of Her Life ­ a documentary of the Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team
4:00 pm ­ 5:30 pm

Doctor Woman: The Life and Times of Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw
1978, 28 min
11:00 am ­ 11:30 am

Elizabeth Bagshaw was a forerunner of the women's movement. As one of the first women to practice medicine in Canada, she had to overcome society's bias against women in medicine. During her seventy-year career she helped to instigate change in public opinion on that issue, as well as the issue of birth control. The film captures the personality of this remarkable woman through contemporary interviews and re-enactments of episodes from her youth.

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The Take
(http://www.nfb.ca/thetake)
12:00 p.m. ­ 1:30

A brand new film by Naomi Klein (No Logo) and Avi Lewis.
87 min

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best International Documentary at the American Film Institute Festival.

In suburban Buenos Aires, 30 unemployed auto parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out the sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. This simple act has the power to turn the globalization debate on it's head.

Rock For Choice is honored and thrilled to have been given permission by the filmmakers/activists themselves to show their brand-spankin' new movie at our festival. Now go out and buy No Logo if you haven't already.

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A Drop in the Ocean
2002, 48 min 50 s
2:00 pm ­ 2:50 pm

When Doctors without Borders (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/) , the humanitarian medical aid agency, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, Dr. Claudette Picard was in Liberia. Her first mission with the agency had begun in this small country of West Africa six years before. In the meantime, she had practiced medicine in other war torn countries such as Zaire and Afghanistan, always in extremely hazardous conditions.

What impels women and men like Dr. Picard to leave their easy lives behind and go off to do what little they can to alleviate human suffering? Whatever the motivation, the doctors are in the field, providing medical care and helping to draw attention to distant places often forgotten by the world's media. Places like Harper, a small town in Liberia devastated by a decade of civil war. This is where we follow Dr. Picard on her rounds. With her halting English, her comforting presence and a few scarce drugs, she sometimes manages to do the impossible. But not always...

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Beyond Borders: Arab Feminists Talk About Their Lives... East and West

1999, 49 min
3:00 pm ­ 3:50 pm
Winner of the Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

Though the promise of women's equality inspired by national liberation movements in the 1950s and '60s never really materialized, Arab women have not given up their struggle.

Four years after the Gulf War, director Jennifer Kawaja followed a delegation of Arab women activists as they toured the United States. Gathering on college campuses, in church basements and at the UN, they speak passionately and eloquently, sensitizing North Americans to Arab feminism and the effects of US foreign policy.

From Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon, they candidly discuss the deterioration of women's rights in Arab states. How do they struggle against internal constraints, such as censorship and fundamentalism, yet counter Western domination?

Beyond Borders was filmed in the United States, Egypt, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza, and includes interviews with prominent Arab intellectuals, including Egyptian author Nawal Saadawi.

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The Game of Her Life ­ a documentary of the Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team
1998, 94 min
4:00 pm ­ 5:30 pm

This fast-paced film follows the players from their determination at the 1997 World Championships, to Olympic training camp in Calgary and on to Nagano, Japan, for the first-ever women's Olympic hockey tournament. Watching this is way better than bitching about the NHL, don'tcha think?
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