Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gallery 1C03 & the University of Winnipeg Students' Association to screen Girl Inside

WINNIPEG MB, February 2nd, 2012 –

Together as part of the international documentary screening network Cinema Politica, Gallery 1C03 and the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) present the film:

Girl Inside
Directed by Maya Gallus
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Directed by award-winning film maker Maya Gallus, Girl Inside (Canada, 2007) was selected by the LGBT* Centre and is presented in conjunction with Gender Week on campus. The film received a Gemini Award in 2008 for Best Direction in a Documentary Program.

Following 26-year-old Madison during a crucial three years of her transition from male to female, Girl Inside is a beautiful film that tracks her emotional, intellectual and spiritual journey of self-discovery that is as important as – if not more than – the physical journey of hormones and surgery. Sharing the spotlight is Vivien, Madison’s glamorous 80-year-old grandmother, who has taken on the job of advising her on all things feminine. While Vivien's attempts to school Madison in old-fashioned codes of fashion and behavior are often hilarious, the juxtaposition of two vastly different experiences of womanhood, from very different generations, raises profound issues about the nature of gender, femininity and sexuality. Sometimes funny, sometimes painful, this heartwarming coming of age story is both an intimate portrait and a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a woman.

From the film’s website:

“Quietly fierce and deeply intelligent, Madison's story is enlightening without being preachy, and Madison is a fantastically open and candid subject.” Now Magazine

“A subtle and in-depth portrayal…Shot over three years in direct cinema style and beautifully structured.”
Lynn Fernie, DOXA

“GIRL INSIDE gives a frank glimpse into that last bastion of LGBTG-dom to be embraced by the mainstream: the trans-gendered.” Eye Weekly

Please stay for discussion after the film with Wade Nelson, faculty member of the Department of Rhetoric, Writing and Communications at The University of Winnipeg.

For more information about Girl Inside, visit:
For more information about the Cinema Politica network, please visit

All screenings will be open to all audiences – everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but donations to offset the costs of screening the film are welcome. Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall is located on the third floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg.

Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA wish to thank Cinema Politica for making it possible for us to participate in this network. We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for generously supporting this initiative.

Image: Scene from Girl Inside by Maya Gallus.

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