April 20, 2020 1:08 pm
Kartemquin is exciting to announce that Represent is enjoying its world premiere as part of CIFF44 Streams, April 15th - 28th.
In her debut feature, Chicago-based documentary filmmaker Hillary Bachelder creates a tender and often unexpected portrait of three passionate women candidates, the challenges they face, and a glimpse at what we all have to gain when women shape the future of our communities and ultimately, our country.
“We're so proud to be launching these Midwest stories at the Cleveland International Film Festival this year,” director Hillary Bachelder said. “CIFF has a 44-year history of championing incredible films and engaging audiences around the important issues of our time. We couldn't have picked a better partner to help us kick off Represent's release!”
For the last fifty years, we’ve been promised that this is the “Year of the Woman," but the United States ranks 82nd in the world for gender parity in politics – below Armenia and the Republic of Moldova. Today on International Women’s Day and for Women’s History Month, the filmmakers are sharing the first clip from Represent, taken from the film’s opening: a visual introduction to our three candidates under the tired drumbeat of white, male news anchors from across the decades assuring us not to worry – THIS is the year of the woman at last. Recent politics show it is still not the case. But by focusing on down-ballot races, the film points to a way forward: this is the year of Represent.
The Cleveland International Film Festival has always been highly oriented toward the Cleveland and greater Northeast Ohio community. Their community engagement program includes many non-profits across Northeast Ohio and this year the Represent team is excited to be partnered with Cleveland Votes, League of Women Voters Greater Cleveland, City Club of Cleveland, and Matriots.
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition