Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30 pm
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Edmonton film festival celebrates International Women’s Day and 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Alberta
Edmonton, 1 March 2016 — You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down is a three-night film festival put on by the Metro Cinema Society at the Garneau Theatre in Edmonton. The festival opens on 8 March 2016, International Women’s Day. It was produced to honour Edmonton women and the first centennial of women’s suffrage in Alberta.
International Women’s Day has particular significance for Albertans this year, because we are poised to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage in our province. Alberta women first gained the right to vote on 19 April 1916, about 12 weeks after women in Manitoba and one month after Saskatchewan. Indigenous women did not achieve the vote until 1960.
Gaining the vote, and later getting a voice in the laws that govern Canadians, were great achievements, but they have not led to political, economic and social equality for women. Edmonton currently has only one female city councillor; the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives rated our city one of the worst in Canada to be a woman last year; and Edmonton women and girls experience higher rates than the Canadian average for sexual assault, intimate-partner violence, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. A woman’s right to cover her body became a federal election issue in Canada.
You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down opens on 8 March with the 2015 British film Suffragette, with a portion of the proceeds going to fund April’s centennial tea in honour of women’s suffrage in Alberta.
On 15 March, the 2011 Canadian short film Spirit of the Blue Bird and the 2006 Canadian feature Unnatural & Accidental will be shown. Attendees are encouraged to wear red in recognition of missing and murdered Indigenous women. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Edmonton-based Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women.
On 22 March, the 2014 U.S. documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry will be shown after opening remarks by Dr. Jodi Abbott, CEO and President of NorQuest College, who was recently named one of Canada’s 25 most powerful women. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council for its women’s advocacy initiatives.
Find more information about the festival and its schedule at http://www.youcantkeepagoodwomandown.ca
For more information, contact:
Michelle Brewer 780-716-6066
Lee Craig 780-908-0092