The Girl, from a short story by Monique Wittig (84 mins.)
The stylish opening credits–featuring wisps of smoke curling sensually up and sideways–declare The Girl’s intentions: This is going to be a modern film noir in which compulsive passions lead to violence and disaster. The narrator, dressed in the chic lesbian butch uniform of a dark two-piece suit and a crisp white shirt, has become obsessed with a femme nightclub singer with rapturous long curly hair, known only as the Girl. Despite the Girl’s initial reluctance, the two begin an affair, only to have it threatened by a vicious nightclub owner, who feels that the singer is his property. Don’t watch The Girl expecting a driving plot; the movie circles around its lovers, letting their evasive conversations and steamy lovemaking (The Girl features a lot of nudity and some fairly explicit sex) tell the tale. The actors and the cinematography are gorgeous. –Bret Fetzer
Apache 8 (57 mins.)
The all-women wildland firefighting crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe has been fighting fires on the Reservation and throughout the United States for more than 30 years. With humor and tenderness, four extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their personal stories. Facing gender stereotypes and the problems that come with life on the impoverished reservation, the women became known as some of the country’s most elite firefighters. From director Sande Zeig and executive producer Heather Rae (Cherokee), APACHE 8 focuses primarily on four women from different generations of Apache 8 crew members, who speak of hardship, loss, family, community and pride in being a firefighter.
Sister Jaguar’s Journey (20 mins.)
Sister Judy Bisignano, a Dominican nun, is a fierce educator, and in so many ways a rebel. SISTER JAGUAR’S JOURNEY tells the story of her difficult childhood, and her attempt to avoid family life, marriage and motherhood by entering the convent, where she was met with an even more abusive situation. Ever the survivor, she worked with children and opened several schools, yet when the school she started for the Mexican-American community was closed down, she was forced to confront the devastating affects of her lifelong anger. Her journey takes her to the rainforest of Ecuador and the sacred rituals of the Achuar people. It was here in this moment, in this place, with these special people, that she found God, healing and forgiveness.