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Run Time: 83 minutes
Early in the absorbing documentary GEEK GIRLS, director Gina Hara states she’s looking for people willing to discuss their “experiences as geeks, nerds, fans [and] outcasts.” The women she finds—including bloggers, a professional gamer, a video game programmer, and an aerospace engineer—provide thoughtful insights into their passion for anime, comics, gaming, and sci-fi. GEEK GIRLS illustrates how the outsider-welcoming veneer of this booming nerd culture masks issues with harassment, cyberbullying, and misogyny. Some women hide their cosplaying (a term used to describe dressing up as favorite fictional characters) from family and co-workers, while others are circumspect about where they live for safety reasons. Still, the documentary balances these sobering moments with touching stories in which women share how partaking in nerd-leaning activities helped them overcome grief and depression, or pointed them to fulfilling career paths. GEEK GIRLS is a sophisticated and colorful meditation on the complex ways humans embrace identities to find and create community. —A.Z.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 9:00 PM
Friday, April 06, 2018 at 12:10 PM
Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Women of the World
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Gina Hara is a Canadian-Hungarian filmmaker and artist based in Montréal. She holds an M.A. in Intermedia and an M.F.A. in Film Production. Her art works have been featured by the New Museum in New York, Budapest Kunsthalle, and the City of Montréal, among others. She is the creative director of the Technoculture, Art and Games Research Centre.
GEEK GIRLS (2017)