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She, the River | Film & Talkback

March 8 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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International Women’s Day | Monday, March 8 @ 9:00pm

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Multilingual and multigenerational poetry film showcases female poets and storytellers. Join us for a showing of the film followed by a talkback.

Rayanne Haines—local author, poet, and 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund recipient—premieres her new film, She, the River, to a live audience on International Women’s Day at SkirtsAfire Festival! This breathtaking poetry film features the voices of eight powerhouse Edmonton female poets of various ages and cultural backgrounds.

The film began as a theatre production scheduled to be staged in March, but was put on hold due to regulations around COVID-19. However, with the steadfast belief that audiences needed these voices sooner than later, Haines and the poets reimagined the production as a film, and recorded it over the last few months. The film, through a form of braided poetry, explores the poets’ upbringings, identity stories, and family journeys. Together, they share what it means to be here, in this place—what it means to be a woman in this city.

“By entwining our journeys together in film,” says producer Rayanne Haines, “we invite viewers to embrace our diverse histories and all our complexities as women.”

Talkback participants
Shelaine Sparrow – Host
Rayanne Haines – Producer and Poet
Pierrette Requier – Poet
Titilope Sonuga – Poet

PURCHASE WORK by the poets featured in the film at our favourite local bookstore, The Glass Bookshop!

Film Rating: 18A
Contains adult language and sensitive subject matter. For more specific information, please email

Rayanne Haines
Laurie MacFayden
Alice Major
Medgine Mathurin
Naomi McIlwraith
Nisha Patel
Pierrette Requier
Titilope Sonuga

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March 8
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330 84 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2G9 Canada
780 409 1910