Today The Hawk Takes One Chick
As with previous work Gillooly’s most recent non-fiction feature shot in Swaziland, Today The Hawk Takes One Chick (2008) is presented without voice-over narration. Its structure is unsentimental, and observant, breaking barriers of distance and language, with starkly evocative details punctuating the film. Following the lives of three grandmothers in Swaziland the drama emerges from the steady accumulation of strikingly quiet moments of the women responding to a crisis as it unfolds. Viewers are left with impressions rather than explanations or judgment.
The film premiered at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (2008) followed by its inclusion in theInternational Festival of Contemporary Cinema, MEXICO (2008). Other international festivals include: Margaret Mead Film Festival in NYC (2008) and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival(2008), Durban, SOUTH AFRICA (2009), Amakula, UGANDA (2009), Films de Femmes de Créteil FRANCE (2010), Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA (2010) the opening film at the TAIWAN International Ethnographic Film Festival (2009) and Winning the Jury Prize at Kinoteatr.doc Festival of Direct Cinema, MOSCOW (2010).
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