The 5th Annual Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) which began on March 26th, 2010 continues its celebration of filmmakers from around the globe with its Africa night celebration. On April 1st, 2010 at 6:15pm WIFF kicks off a marathon of African films that will be screened at WIFF. The films include:
Ebony Goddess Queen of Ilê Aiyê: Three young women search for identity and self-esteem as they compete for the title of Ebony Goddess in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, the largest black city outside of Africa. Brazil, Thurs. April 1. 6:15pm, Miami Science Museum.
Jelly: Jelly Woods, like legions of girls of her generation, has succumbed to every silver screen ‘John Hughes’ happy ending since she was a kid, and it has really twisted her perception. Despite all evidence to the contrary in her own life, Jelly is desperately clinging to the hope that life offers blissful wrap-ups like those in, Some Kind of Wonderful or Sixteen Candles. After a terrible breakup with the love-of-her-life, Luke, not to mention his upcoming nuptials, Jelly throws herself into a whirlwind of emotionally driven predicaments. She turns to her already disenchanted best friends for comfort. In her quest to get Luke back, Jelly gets so wrapped up in herself, finding herself at a cross roads of living in the past or embracing her future. She only has moments to decide. USA, Thurs. April 1st, 8:30pm, Miami Science Museum.
Speaking up is one thing, being heard is another. USA, Thurs. April 1, 6:15pm, Miami Science Museum.
Traditional Birthing Attendants in Liberia: As Liberia recovers from civil war, health workers and midwives are in short supply. When village women give birth, they are usually helped by a traditional birth attendant from their own community. This film tells the story of a training programme, developed by the Liberian Ministry of Health and the ICRC, to improve the skills of traditional birth attendants. When the participants complete the course, they know how to help with normal deliveries and when to send women with problems to the nearest health centre. Liberia, Thurs. April 1, 6:15pm, Miami Science Museum Theater.
Speed Dating: This high-energy romantic comedy follows three bachelors, speeding through life and scheming on women. When it comes to the opposite sex, it’s about the “chase” and “finish line”. Dog and Beaver spend their last dime on a nightclub, while Too Cool devises the ultimate scheme to get women and money – SPEED DATING! Things go bad when an inspector denies the bachelors their liquor license, and a disgruntled ex-playmate works to expose their master scheme. Comedy, maturity and love prevail, as the race for happiness ends with three unlikely winners! USA, Thurs. April 1, 7:00pm, Miami Science Museum Theater.
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