'Lizard’ and other compelling shorts to watch at the DIFF

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Unwittingly, a wandering girl discovers the underbelly of Lagos in Akinola Davies Juniour’s Sundance-winning film, Lizard. (Screenshot from Lizard)
Unwittingly, a wandering girl discovers the underbelly of Lagos in Akinola Davies Juniour’s Sundance-winning film, Lizard. (Screenshot from Lizard)

I want to make a film about women (2020): Direced by Richard James Allen, I want to make a film about women is a speculative love letter to Russian constructivist women. The new Soviet Union of the 1920s championed equality for women and great innovation in the creative arts. Until it didn’t. Looking back at that time, history remembers the men who were celebrated and then shut down. But women were there, too, and they were influential, powerful, and brilliant. This film imagines what the revolutionary women artists of the 1920s said, what they did, and what they might have created had it not been for Stalin’s suppression.

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