Join me in watching 2 very thought provoking films on female fighters/soldiers. The cost is FREE to see these documentaries.
Movie # 1: My Daughter the Terrorist
Two female soldiers fight for the independence of Tamil in this award-winning documentary. What makes anyone want to blow themselves up for a cause? In this intimate and personal portrait we join two young female elite soldiers trained for the ultimate mission. We share their childhood experiences, their dreams and their families’ loss. Left behind are the mothers. Dharsika and Puhalchudar belong to the last batch of the Black Tigers, and are now equipped for the last mission: strapping an American-made Claymore mine to their bodies, able to blow themselves and everything within 100 feet to pieces. We first meet them at an optimistic time: The peace talks are making progress, and the Black Tigers are officially decommissioned. The girls are serving as ordinary soldiers. The girls have a close friendship. For seven years they have been eating, sleeping, training and fighting side by side. They can survive for weeks in the jungle without supplies. They don’t know exactly how many enemies they’ve killed in ordinary battle.
More detailed description and trailer: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/my-daughter-terrorist
Movie # 2: Leila Khaled: Hijacker
In 1969 Palestinian Leila Khaler made history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane, and challenges our assumptions about those who resort to violent means in response to oppression.
More detailed description and trailer: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/leila-khaled-hijacker
**Discussion to follow, led by Cinema Policta UofT**