Astonishing Little Feet. 2023. USA. Written and directed by Maegan Houang. With Celia Au, Perry Yung. DCP. 9
Afong Moy, the first documented Chinese woman to come to the United States, realizes the men who separated her from her family only have interest in profiting off the peculiarities of her bound feet.
Test Pattern. 2020. USA. Written and directed by Shatara Michelle Ford. With Brittany S. Hall, Will Brill, Gail Bean. DCP. 82 min.
Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #MeToo movement, and race in America. Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy. Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans film festivals, this gripping social thriller is a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black woman’s point of view.
Content warning: This film includes a depiction of sexual assault.