DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

I Am Woman

Short films that explore women and issues that face women in the past, present and future


Thursday, September 13 at 7:15 pm

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The Likes And Dislikes Of Marj Bagley

AnimationDocumentary • United States • 14 minutes

In this innovative documentary, a family recreates itself using stop-motion animation. The film tells the lifelong struggle of Marj, the matriarch of the Bagley clan, to find happiness. Marj battles infidelity, broken noses, dysfunctional relationships, giant birds, and a fateful game of cards with her grandchildren. Through a combination of interviews and recreations, her family reflects on the legacy of a woman who they realize they may not understand.

Round Trip (Sivuv)

Drama • Israel • 6 minutes

A young girl becomes compromised after she accepts kindness from a stranger on a bus.

Period. End Of Sentence

Documentary • India • 25 minutes

The story of a quiet, profound revolution taking place for women in Northern India, where the stigma of menstruation limits their potential. Without sanitary products or proper education about their bodies, millions of girls end up missing school or dropping out entirely once they begin their periods. But in a modest room in a rural Indian village, local start to produce and sell thousands of pads to local women in an effort to improve feminine hygiene.

Minstrel Vs. Puppet

Drama • United States • 7 minutes

An artistic film illustrating the internal conflict many women, particularly women of color, experience surrounding the topics of brains and beauty. It also depicts how this same conflict manifests externally with some women identifying with and relating more to their own internal level of intellect while others identify with and relate more to their external degree of beauty.


Drama • Canada • 19 minutes

For several years now Marguerite, a diabetic woman in her seventies, has been getting daily visits from Rachel, her home health nurse. In spite of her declining condition, Marguerite has been gradually emerging from her loneliness as she experiences moments of tenderness and sensuality, under Rachel’s care.


Documentary • United States • 7 minutes

The film tells the touching story of one incredible woman who has dedicated her life to delivering children in her village in rural Uganda.

Black, I Am (Negra Soy)

Documentary • Honduras • 13 minutes

A beautiful and touching story of the Afro-Caribbean Garífuna people in Honduras, focusing on three women and a girl who tell of their aspirations, happiness, and being there for each other.

Before Prison

Documentary • United States • 8 minutes

Robyn Allen’s 20-year prison sentence for trafficking drugs is far more complicated than it appears. Abuse has plagued her family, and Robyn’s painful memories are just the tip of the iceberg.

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