Chan-sil, long-time film producer for a celebrated director, finds her career derailed when he suddenly dies. She moves to a room with an elderly landlady, takes work cleaning for a young actress, and pursues a French teacher who aspires to direct movies. Through surprising, sometimes dreamlike encounters Chan-sil grapples with anxieties about her age, love life, and career.
Trans activist and politician Indianara Siqueira is the mother of a homeless shelter for trans sex workers in the center of Rio called Nem House. An occupied squat, the house faces impending eviction. Indianara invades a colonial palace in downtown Rio to bargain with the city. As Brazilian democracy crumbles, she fights to save her community from the uncertain streets.
A noisy street corner in Alexandria, Egypt, a dirt lot surrounded by chain link, is the training site of Egypt’s most elite champions: female weightlifters. Fifteen-year-old Zebiba (Arabic for “Raisin”) has been training here she was 9 with Captain Ramadan, who coaches female athletes who go on to be Olympic Gold Medalists and World champions. Can Zebiba be next?
Introduction by Barbara Zecchi, Director of Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Professor of Iberian Studies in the area of Visual and Performance Studies. Professor Zecchi's scholarship encompasses Gender Studies, Aging Studies, Feminist Film Theory, Adaptation Theory, and Videographic Criticism.
In an attempt to analyse Chris Kennedy’s ‘Watching the Detectives’, a researcher dives into a massive archive of media produced after the Boston attacks. Her online wanderings offer a performative exploration of the history of critical thinking and the ruthless politics of truth production.
In this deeply personal video diary, a young researcher tries to make sense of her fascination for the film "The Pain of Others" by Penny Lane. A deep dive into the discomforting world of YouTube and online conspiracies, that challenges traditional notions of what documentary cinema is, or should be.
PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights.