Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2023: Female Overview – Rachel West reports

At this year’s event, 15 out of 28 features films and 21 out of 38 short films are directed by women according to KCFF’s Logistics Manager, Marta McDonald, meaning women-directed films make up nearly 55% of programming. When it comes to achieving gender parity, “there’s not a specific mandate that’s been crafted” by the festival but there is a conversation around “what kind of voices we want to be heard in the festival, whether that’s women, Indigenous voices, BIPOC or Black voices,” says McDonald.

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THE SWEARING JAR (TIFF 2022) – Review by Ulkar Alakbarova

The Swearing Jar is a very compelling love story about a woman who is indeed broken inside. Through the beautiful songs and lyrics, more or less, we come to know what is really happening. But it’s the commanding Lindsay MacKay direction that brings an important aspect of Carey and Simon’s marriage to life and provides an exquisite explanation as to why Carey does what she does. She does look guilty. Because she does not want to let the other man into her life. But whatever we learn soon leaves her no option. But why complicate it if it’s an easy step? And that’s why The Swearing Jar is so good – it slowly builds up the narrative and delivers it with a bang, but through humor, gentleness and charisma.

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