2017, Canada, Documentary, 83 Minutes
Director: Gina Hara
Starring: Anita Sengupta, Stephanie Harvey
GEEK GIRLS reveals the hidden half of nerd culture; a world of cute dresses, professional gamers, fake names and death threats. In the first feature-length documentary about ‘geeky’ women, filmmaker Gina Hara goes on a journey to discover the trials and tribulations of high achieving women in the international world of comics, games, anime and ‘cosplaying’, revealing previously untold stories and what it means to be a true Geek.
Although geeky communities of tech, games, comics and fandom have recently risen to prominence as major cultural contributors, very little attention has been directed towards the women who live and work with nerd culture on a daily basis. Director Hara addresses this oversight by delving into a world of eleven women in Japan, Hungary, USA and Canada including: Nasa rocket scientist Dr. Anita Sengupta, social media maven Jamie Broadnax and Canada’s ‘Smartest Person’, professional gamer Stephanie Harvey (pictured). Hara follows her subjects through the exhilaration of newfound community and the ennui of ostracization while also exploring her own struggles with her geek identity.
Post Screening Q&A with Gina Hara
Gina Hara is a Canadian-Hungarian filmmaker and artist. She holds an MA in intermedia, an MFA in film production and had worked in different media with regard to film, video, new media, gaming and design. Waning (2011), her first fiction film, was nominated for Best Canadian Short at the Toronto International Film Festival. Your Place or Minecraft (2016) is her machinima docu web series about game studies and is available on YouTube. Hara’s latest project, Geek Girls (2017) is a feature documentary exploring nerd culture from women’s perspective and will be in theatres late 2017. Hara’s art works have been featured by different institutions including the New Museum in New York, Budapest Kunsthalle and the City of Montreal. Hara lives in Montreal, where she is the creative director of the Technoculture, Art and Games Research Centre.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00 – 7:00pm Complimentary admission to the exhibit MODEL CITIZENS
7:00pm Film screening followed by Q&A with director Gina Hara and producer Michael Massicote