Girls On Film / Ep 81: Sheffield DocFest 2021 with Simran Hans, Cíntia Gil & Anam Abbas

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Fancy watching a fantastic documentary? This episode is full of recommendations, as we celebrate the world-renowned British documentary festival, Sheffield DocFest. First up, Anna talks with Festival Director Cíntia Gil about how this year’s Sheffield DocFest has come together. Cíntia selects a few of her favourite female-focused docs, that include everything from polyamorous weddings to weight lifting! Anna and Cíntia reflect on the surge of feminist reformative histories and new wave of female-directed docs. Is there a gendered gaze?  Next up, critic Simran Hans tells Anna why Sheffield DocFest is a special place for her. Together, they review the tumultuous personal portrait Charm Circle and the coming-of-age trans story If God Were a Woman. Simran recommends the clever and impactful short film, They Won’t Call It Murder.  Anna’s final guest is the director, producer and cinematographer of This Stained Dawn, Anam Abbas. This thoughtful doc explores the feminist movement in Pakistan. Anam details the important impact of marching and hopes her film will connect feminists across borders. She talks sisterhood, shocking moments, and what it means to be a part of Sheffield DocFest. Docs mentioned: Charm Circle, This Stained Dawn, My Name is Pauli Murray, Lift Like a Girl, If God Were a Woman, They Won’t Call It Murder. They Won’t Call It Murder clip – Courtesy of Field of Vision   This episode is in partnership with Sheffield DocFest. Book tickets at Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here:
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