Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Geek Girls


Year: 2017
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 83 minutes

Geek Girls
Geek Girls
Geek Girls

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.

CIFF42 Screenings

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

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.


Michael Massicotte

Mattias Graham

Mirenda Ouellette

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Film Sponsor

Government of Canada

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