Analogue Revolution opens the GEMFest film festival

The documentary Analogue Revolution focuses on feminist media in Canada in the 1960s and 1990s.

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While we are fully immersed in the digital age, this year’s opening film GEMFest (Gender in Media Festival) is a reminder of the power of collective (and in-person) organizing.

The feature-length documentary from the Toronto-based filmmaker. Marusya Bociurkiw noble Analog Revolution: How Feminist Media Changed the World the 19th annual edition begins GEMF Festival, formerly known as the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF), on March 5 at 6:30 pm with a screening followed by a Q&A with the director and a reception. The festival will continue until March 9 at the VIFF Center.

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At GEMFest, analog revolution It joins 36 other films from 14 countries. Of those films, 14 are Canadian and six are by British Columbia filmmakers. The festival also offers a strong slate of short films, as well as other events and panels. A virtual festival will take place online from March 12 to 26. Visit the GEMS (Gender Equity in the Media Society) website here For more information about the festival and the lineup.

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Analogue Revolution focuses on feminist media in Canada in the 1960s and 1990s. During that time in Canada, there were over 900 feminist publications and newsletters. At that time there were also dozens of film and video collectives, radio programs and film festivals.

“The film is also about technology. In a way I’m arguing that we did more things with analog technologies, because we had to create the networks ourselves. There were no algorithms directing us,” Bociurkiw said during a phone call from Toronto.

Showcasing the work of Bonnie Sherr Klein, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Nora Randall, Bev Davies, Nancy Pollak and many others alongside collectives such as Press Gang and Our Lives: Black Women’s Newspaper, the film shows the depth of intersectionality that existed in The feminist movement and the power of collective pressure.

“Feminism is not an individual. It’s not a lifestyle. It is not an individual search,” said Bociurkiw, who founded the video collective Emma Productions (1983-1987). “It is a collective organization. And that’s how things get changed, like abortion laws, birth control laws, and domestic violence laws. The fact that we now have universal childcare is not because of Trudeau. “That is due to 40 years of feminist organizing.”

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Bonnie Sherr Klein
Set before the Me Too movement, the film Analogue Revolution tracks the rise, fall and resurgence of feminist media and activism in Canada and features women involved in the frontlines of activism, including feminist filmmaker, author and activist for Vancouver Disability Rights, Bonnie Sherr Klein. Photo by photo: Courtesy of GEMFest /sun

GEMFest organizers were delighted to secure this film for release, as it is both a history lesson and a model for effective activism.

“Ultimately, my goal is for audiences to be inspired not only by the stories presented in Analogue Revolution, but also by the broader message it conveys: a call to action to foster a community that values ​​diversity, celebrates achievements of women in film, and is actively working to create an inclusive future for the industry,” Patrycja Mila Kamska, GEMSFest programs and events manager, said in an email.

Marusya Bociurkiw
Filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw’s film Analog Revolution: How Feminist Media Changed the World focuses on feminist media in Canada in the 1960s and 1990s. The film kicks off the 19th annual GEMFest, formerly known as the International Women’s Festival at the Vancouver Cinema, March 5. The festival runs until March 9 at the VIFF Center in Vancouver. Photo by photo: Courtesy of GEMFest /sun

While Analogue Revolution focuses on Canadian feminist media between the 1960s and 1990s, it is a very relevant offering today, when gender rights are being challenged around the world.

“Something that came up a lot when we were filming was Roe v. Wade, it had just been overturned and it made these veteran feminist organizers really think more clearly about how important their work was,” said Bociurkiw, a professor emeritus at Toronto’s Metorpolitian University. “I think now more than ever young people, especially young women, need to know what tools they have at their disposal, strategically and historically. And not reinvent the wheel in terms of working to restore or rebuild women’s rights.”

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