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15th Film Festival for Women's Rights ‘Never define the future from your current conditions’ OPENING CEREMONY 2021.12.8.Wed. PM 7:00 CGV Arthouse Apgujung +82-2-3156-5400 | fiwom@fiwom.org


We spent endless hours wondering if screenings at the cinema will be possible this year. The 14th Film Festival for Women’s Rights last year went virtual, yet the atmosphere of the cinema laughing, crying, and exploding rage together in the same space was greatly missed. A wider audience is expected to gather at the cinema this year, but we won’t put our minds at ease until the closing ceremonies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unpredictable disaster. However, some difficulties happen in our life, some of which can be predicted and prepared. The themes FIWOM deals with are prominent examples of those. We can examine the reality of women’s rights in society by the voice of people involved, and then the necessary changes can be made after a search for alternatives.

Never define the future from your current conditions.
That’s the slogan of the 15th FIWOM. We strongly believe we can build a better future as we wish to alter the absurd and unfair current conditions. We’d like to build an alternative future with you and cordially invite you to the 15th FIWOM which will include 54 film screenings from 14 countries for 5 days.

December 2021
The Film Festival for Women's Rights
Executive Committee

Ranhee SONG
Keunyang PARK

OPENING FILM



And So I Stayed

  • USA
  • 2021
  • 92min
  • Documentary
  • HD
  • Color
  • E
Schedule
THEATER
TIME
CODE
INFO
TICKET
ART 3
12/08(Wed) 19:00
1
계막 계막 계막
예매하기Ticket
ART 1
12/11(Sat) 20:10
26
계막 계막
예매하기Ticket
ART 3
12/12(Sun) 14:10
33
계막 계막 계막
예매하기Ticket
Synopsis

AND SO I STAYED is an award-winning documentary about survivors of abuse fighting for their lives and spending years behind bars. These women paid a steep price with long prison sentences, lost time with loved ones, and painful memories. Formerly incarcerated survivor-advocate Kim Dadou Brown, who met her wife while incarcerated, is a driving force in the passage of New York’s Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA), a new law meant to prevent survivors from receiving harsh prison sentences for their acts of survival. Nikki Addimando, a mother of two young children, suffered the consequences when a judge didn’t follow the law’s guidelines. Tanisha Davis, a single mother who was ripped away from her son in 2013, is hopeful the new law is her way out of a harsh prison sentence.

Program Note

Not long ago, we lost a life due to a murder committed by a partner in the dating relationship. The victim reported to the police several times and was under police protection. When the distrust for the legal system - that there is no use in reporting to the police - is proved to be correct, is it still fair to ask the victim why they didn't leave in the first place?
When there was no way other than to actively defend oneself against the perpetrator in a violent situation, and that caused the perpetrator to get hurt or die, is it fair to give a guilty verdict telling the victim that they deserve the verdict because they should be held accountable for their 'choice' of action, when they could have left the partner or fled the scene?
Before reaching a verdict, why aren't we questioning where the nation was, when the nation had promised its citizens the safety from violence? discloses the disturbing reality through the voices of people involved and captures the journey toward change. A story about a making a different tomorrow by transforming the conditions of today - resembles the slogan for the 15th Film Festival for Women's rights.

Director

Natalie Pattillo

Co-Director/Producer/Writer Natalie Pattillo is an award-winning filmmaker and multimedia journalist based in New York City. Her reporting bylines include the New York Times, MSNBC, VICE, Jezebel, New York Magazine, Al Jazeera America and Salon. She received a Master's degree from Columbia Journalism School in 2017. Before moving to New York in 2015, she freelanced for Marfa Public Radio and West Texas Public Radio. Because Natalie has experienced domestic violence in a past relationship, her mission to uplift survivors and their stories is a personal one. Natalie’s own experiences as a survivor, as well as the passing of her sister who was killed at the hands of an abusive boyfriend in 2010, helps her understand what position the survivors in the film might have been in when they were fighting for their lives.


Daniel A. Nelson

Co-Director/Producer/Director of Photography Daniel A. Nelson worked as a cinematographer and researcher on Oscar-nominated director David France's feature-length documentary THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, which celebrates the lasting political legacy of trans icon Marsha P. Johnson and seeks to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death, that premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and landed on Netflix. Daniel received his Master's degree from the Columbia Journalism School in documentary filmmaking in 2016. His thesis at Columbia was a short documentary called POSTURE about the controversial world of competitive yoga, which premiered at the 2017 Long Island International Film Expo and was published on Yoga Journal.