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Films: September 2012 Archives

The Girls in the Band: women in jazz

Girls in the Band.jpgLil Armstrong was an amazing jazz musician and composer, but she's most remembered for being the wife of Louis Armstrong.

She's just one of the many talented women featured in an award-winning documentary called "The Girls in the Band".

It shines a light on the women who were professional musicians, composers, arrangers and conductors in the golden age of jazz.

The film shows not only their unsung talent - but the sexism and racism they faced, and the attitude that women musicians were just a novelty act.

The documentary is playing tonight at the Montreal International Black Film Festival.

Director and producer Judy Chaikin spoke with Elizabeth Robertson.


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Montreal filmmakers keep it short and sweet

Mark and AJ 2.jpgIf your attention span runs to the short side, you may want to check out a short film extravaganza Saturday, September 1 at 7 pm on CBC Television called "Montreal Short Stop."  

Montreal filmmakers Mark Slutsky and AJ Korkidakis  are both featured in Montreal Short Stop. They joined Sonali in studio to talk about their short films "Sorry, Rabbi" and "The Perfect Apartment" -- and how they couldn't have happened anywhere else but Montreal. 

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Mo Rocca and "Electoral Dysfunction"

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What does the U.S.A. have in common with Chechnya, Libya and Iran? Turns out none of them include the right to vote in their constitutions. The quagmire that is the U.S. electoral system is the subject of a new documentary called Electoral Dysfunction. It's playing this weekend at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Mo Rocca is a humourist and correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the NPR show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me." He's the host of Electoral Dysfunction and-- just in time to make us feel really good about our own provincial election--he joined Sona to break down the muddy waters of voting in the United States.
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