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Archive: Winter 2009

Women Direct Movies

A lthough there are equal numbers of women and men graduating from film school in the U.S., there are woefully few women directors in Hollywood. In fact, there is a greater percentage of women in the Senate than there are women directors making Hollywood films! Why are there so few women directors in Hollywood? And why are there so few women hero/protagonists in feature films? This series will look at the work of two UCLA Film School graduates, Mia Trachinger and Fatimah Tobing Rony, to see what kinds of feature films they are making, and how their directorial vision is intricately related to their independence from dominant networks of production and distribution.

—Curator Fatimah Tobing Rony,
Professor of Film and Media Studies

Thursday, February 5
Reception 6:30pm / Screening 7pm

A reception will precede the screening at 6:30pm.
Director Mia Trachinger to appear in person
for a Q&A session following the screening.


In a world in which the past, present, and future unfold simultaneously, Reversion tells the tale of Eva, a woman desperately trying to avoid a destiny in which she kills Marcus, the man she loves. Part gritty road movie, part lo-fi science fiction, part love story, Reversion traverses the sprawling landscape of Los Angeles in search of fate, free will, and the nature of morality. It not only captures a distinctive panorama of Los Angeles, but it raises complex questions about love and violence, fate and human nature, morality and the true dimensions of time.

Directed by Mia Trachinger • 2008, USA • 90 minutes • DVD


Thursday, February 26 • 7pm
Chants of Lotus
(Perempuan Punya Cerita)

Introduction by Akira Lippit, Professor of Comparative Literature,
East Asian Languages and Cultures and Cinematic Arts at USC

Director Fatimah Tobing Rony to appear in person for a Q & A session following the screening, led by Professor Lippit

Chants of Lotus

Four women filmmakers tackle four different stories about lives of marginalized women in Indonesia: in “Chant From an Island”, a midwife in a deserted island sacrifices her dying health to rescue a mentally challenged woman; in “Chant From a Tourist Town”, a high-school student toys around with an overwhelming access to free sex, which may put her life in jeopardy; in “Chant From a Village”, a single mother is forced to see her daughter and her best friend fall victims to women and children trafficking syndicate; and in “Chant From the Capital City”, a middle class Chinese woman is about to be separated from her only daughter because of an HIV threat. This film was heavily censored by the Indonesian government. The 35 mm print that you will see is uncensored. Some scenes are graphic and shocking. This film is intended for mature audiences.

Directed by Nia Dinata, Upi Avianto,
Fatimah Tobing Rony and Lasja F. Susatyo

2007, Indonesia • 105 minutes • 35mm
In Indonesian with English subtitles




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