UB to Host International Film Festival By And About Women

By Mara McGinnis

Release Date: October 20, 1997

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo will be the screening site for the second annual international film festival, "About Women," the only international women-oriented film festival in New York State.

All films will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for the general public.

Directed by a variety of talented international women filmmakers, the films focus on a variety of women's issues.

Co-sponsors of the festival are the Graduate Group for Feminist Studies, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), the Council for International Studies and Programs, the Department of Media Study, the Department of American Studies, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Arts and Letters, the World Languages Institute, the Asian Studies Programs, the American Studies GSA, the Media Study GSA, the Russian GSA and the Center for the Arts, all at UB. The American Association of University Women also is sponsoring the program.

All film screenings will be Buffalo premieres. The schedule:

• Oct. 28: "I, the worst of all," Argentina (1990). Directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg, this film portrays the life of 17th century Mexican writer Sister Juana Ines de la Cruz.

• Nov. 10: "Tale of Love," U.S. (1995). This film, directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha, portrays the Vietnamese immigrant experience.

• Nov. 18: "Selbe," Senegal (1983). Directed by Safi Faye, the first woman from sub-Saharan Africa to direct a feature film, this documentary focuses on the daily life of women in African society. Also, "Taafe Fanga" (Skirt Power), Mali (1997). This satire, directed by Adama Drabo, features men and women acting in opposite gender roles.

• Nov. 25: "The Goat Horn," Bulgaria (1972). This story, directed by Metodi Andonov, is about a woman who was raised by her father to behave as a man but falls in forbidden love.

• Dec. 2: "Gabbeh," Iran (1997). Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, this love story captures the life of a woman member of a nomadic desert tribe.