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What better way to observe International Women's Day than with an international roster of documentaries by women?
The Female Eye Film Festival teams up with the National Film Board to present eight shorts and nine features over two days, covering topics as diverse as girl wrestlers in Texas, musical legends in South Africa and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
If you're looking for inspiration, try Peace By Peace: Women On The Front Lines (March 7, 3 pm), profiles by Lisa Hepner of female peace activists from Bosnia to Burundi. If you want to be educated, Xoliswa Sithole's and Renee Rosen's Shouting Silent (March 8, 7:15 pm) explains the meaning of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa in very personal terms. And if you're curious about what's happening in your own backyard, check out Kla Ah Men (March 7, 1 pm), a look by Jan Padgett and Evan Adams at the long-term impact of Canadian government policy on the people of the Sliammon Nation, north of Powell River, BC, and what the Sliammon are doing about it. (March 7-8 at the NFB)