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7th Annual Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase (Hispanic Heritage Month!)

Femme Frontera is a Latinx-led film organization made up of, and founded by, women and non-binary filmmakers from the U.S.-Mexico border region, amplifying films made by women and non-binary artists from border regions around the world. The Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase celebrates powerful short films whose stories challenge perceptions about women, border communities, immigrants, people of color, the LBGTQ+ community, and other underrepresented communities. Homesick: A modern-day tale of two star-crossed lovers, separated by a global pandemic and the U.S.-Mexico Border. (Dir. by Valeria Contreras, 2022, USA, Not Rated) Barter: Parsa, a 13-year old boy, tries to hide a secret from his father. (Dir. by Emad Arad & Ziba Karamali, 2021, Iran, in Persian with English subtitles, Not Rated) Seeds: Without parents to guide them, Loretta and Raven reflect on the love their parents modeled and the grief of their loss. While one finds catharsis in their mother’s old VHS camera the other struggles with a potential pregnancy. (Dir. by Morningstar Angeline & Ajuawak Kapashesit, 2022, USA, Not Rated) Shipping Them: A non-binary day-dreamer pines for the life of the girl next door, but soon finds out the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. (Dir. by Ryan Rox, 2022, USA, Not Rated) Lioness: Barricaded in a motel room, a mother’s determination and primal instincts kick in to protect her child’s innocence. (Dir. by Molly E. Smith, 2022, USA, Not Rated) Blue Veil: In the wake of 9/11 and after losing her mother, Amina, a Muslim teenager, struggles with Islamophobia until she discovers and begins sampling her mother’s record collection. (Dir. by Shireen Alihaji, 2022, USA, Not Rated) Mommyland: In this animated short, a young woman wakes up to find herself lying on a small glowing island, an amusement park called Mommyland. (Dir. by Aijian Chen, 2022, USA, Not Rated) La Bi-Vencia: Drawing on images from a non-existent border between Santa Elena, Chihuahua, and Big Bend National Park in Texas. La Bi-vencia explores the reunion of a ghost town next to the Rio Grande that was abandoned after 9/11. (Dir. by Mariana Gongora-Reyes & Analaura Cardenas, 2022, USA, Not Rated) Total program running time: 95 mins.

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