BIFF Supports International Women’s Day

March 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

This year the Bermuda International Film Festival [BIFF] has selected a number of films that “present excellent women actresses, directors, and producers”, with the organisation saying they are also “proud to highlight ‘The Divine Order’, a feel-good ‘dramedy’, yet socially relevant film, which exemplifies BIFF’s desire to put the focus on women in film in this year’s feature selections.”

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A spokesperson said, “The March 8th International Women’s Day [IWD] is not a response to recent film awards or misconduct. It has been in existence since the early 1900s.

“IWD is a collective day of global celebration. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network, or media hub is solely responsible for hosting it. It is a general acknowledgement of the important contributions of women around the world.

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“Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme. This year the Bermuda International Film Festival [BIFF] has selected a number of films that present excellent women actresses, directors, and producers.

“In addition, BIFF is proud to highlight ‘The Divine Order’, a feel-good ‘dramedy’, yet socially relevant film, which exemplifies BIFF’s desire to put the focus on women in film in this year’s feature selections.

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“Variety said in a review, ‘The Divine Order’ is a “cine-history lesson remains a mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.” Directed and produced by Petra Volpe, the film takes place in a quaint village, virtually untouched by progress, and is seen through the story of Nora, a seemingly unremarkable housewife who develops into an unflinching suffragette leader.

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“But between a society that cites ‘divine order’ to justify why women are not allowed to vote, and Nora married to a husband that refuses to give her permission to work, she warily bands together with the women of the town and goes against the grain to spark a social and feminist revolution.

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“Ms Volpe’s somewhat spirited approach to a serious topic gives this film a very timely message and effectively illustrates how peer pressure can sometimes influence the political process.

“For those in Bermuda who find it surprising that the right to vote for women is less than 100 years old here, then it will be even more startling to learn that the equivalent constitutional right was not conveyed until 1971 in Switzerland, where ‘The Divine Order’ takes place.

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“‘The Divine Order’ is a heartfelt and captivating film about average people demanding their right to an equal voice, a message that resonates with everyone. It is the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award winner and the Swiss candidate for foreign-language Oscar.

“It will be shown on Wednesday March 21 8pm at the Earl Cameron Theatre in City Hall Arts Centre. BIFF 2018 will be holding its Opening Party for the benefit of the WRC on Sunday March 18th, followed by Academy Awards recognized ‘Lady Bird’. For more information and ticketing go to www.biff.bm , email info@biff.bm or call 293-3456.”

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