New Documentary Showcase

Directed by: Various

A woman's work is never done. In the third annual installment of Chicago Filmmakers' New Documentary Showcase, we present three empowering films by or about women: working, wrestling, transforming, and thriving. In the feature documentary Dish: Women, Waitressing and the Art of Service, gender roles and working conditions in the food service industry are explored through candid conversations with servers at an Ontario truck stop, a high end Parisian restaurant, a topless joint in Montreal and a fantasy "maid cafe" in Tokyo. Justine Nagan, Kartemquin Films' Executive Director, will premiere her latest work Sacred Transformations which profiles a woman revising her tattoo in order to make a break from her past. Rounding out the program is Charles Fairbanks' internationally popular short doc Irma, a luscious look at a Mexican Lucha Libre wrestler that's quickly becoming a cult favorite. Each film is as entertaining as the women they so adoringly profile. (2010, 89 min.) 

Dish: Women, Waitressing and the Art of Service – Maya Gallus (2010, 68 min.)
Sacred Transformations – Justine Nagan (2010, 9 min.)
Irma – Charles Fairbanks (2010, 12 min.)

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