SATURDAY June 1, 2024 4:30pm


  • ANALOGUE REVOLUTION: How Feminist Media Changed The World
  • Director: Marusya Bociurkiw
  • North East Premiere
  • CANADA, 2023, 1hr 34min
  • Category: Documentary


When Zainub Verjee, a Vancouver-based film programmer started the InVisible Colours women of colour film festival in 1988, she fully expected it to continue for years. So did Linda Abrahams (Matriart Journal) and Zanana Akande (Tiger Lily Women of Colour Magazine). Cutbacks, racism, and technological change decimated a sophisticated, world-changing feminist media movement.

This feature-length documentary traces the rise and fall of analogue feminist communications that preceded the MeToo era. From Halifax to Vancouver, feminist storytellers of the 1970s to 90s took hold of cutting-edge media technology to document everything from violence towards women, to how to insert a diaphragm.

You’ll hear from feminist rock stars like Studio D’s Bonnie Sherr Klein (Montreal/Vancouver) and Sylvia D. Hamilton (Halifax); print collectives like Press Gang (Vancouver) and Our Lives: Black Women’s Newspaper(Toronto). Verjee tells the story of Canada’s first women of colour film festival; Nora Randall describes what it meant to create Pedestal, first feminist newspaper in Canada. Rare archival footage, like 70’s feminist gatherings in Montreal, lead to the film’s climax: draconian cutbacks to women’s and lesbian organizations across Canada, following the massacre of feminists at École Polytechnique in Montreal, (December 6, 1989). The film concludes with a resurgence: younger BIPOC feminists (Ella Cooper, Black Women Film!; Didhood Collective), using analogue strategies to create new feminist digital networks.

Marusya Bociurkiw

Got her start in media with 80’s feminist video collectives Women’s Media Alliance and Emma Productions. Since then, she’s directed or co-directed 10 videos and films, and is the author of 7 books. Her documentaries and experimental films have screened at film festivals around the world. Her most recent film, the award-winning “This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights & the War in Ukraine” (Canada 2015) screened in 12 countries and was translated into 4 languages. Her books have won or been shortlisted for several awards including CBC Writes, and Independent Publisher Award. She is Professor of Media Theory, and Founding Director of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought at Ryerson University. She is a recipient of the Kobzar Literary Award as well as Ryerson’s Knowledge Mobilization & Engagement Award (2018). Her most recent book, Food Was Her Country: The Memoir of a Queer Daughter was shortlisted for the prestigious Lambda Literary Awards. Her current project, “Analogue Revolution” uses a hybrid personal/ observational approach to examine the history of feminist media activism in Canada from her own POV as a participant in that history.


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