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Dominique CARDONA, Laurie COLBERT
Dr. Finn Jefferies is a thoroughly modern lesbian––far too feisty and happy to ever bother hiding her sexuality. Her family is pure 21st century: two mothers, two careers and a kid. Nothing had ever rocked Finn\'s passionate, committed life until the untimely death of her beloved long-term partner, Nancy. In shock, Finn can barely cope. As she flounders in her grief, she takes risks that jeopardize her relationship with the only person she really loves––their daughter, eleven-year-old Zelly Bean.
Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert have co-directed two acclaimed documentaries. My Feminism thoughtfully explored achievements of the feminist movement and the differences and diversity within feminism. Thank God I’m a Lesbian investigated different identities and issues of lesbian sexuality. This time, their new feature film Finn’s Girl puts the issue of lesbian single-parenting on the screen. Dr. Finn is a butch, modern lesbian and works as a parturition specialist. She faces the untimely death of her beloved long-term partner, Nancy. Still foundering in her grief, her relationship with Zelly, the only daughter she has had with Nancy begins to be jeopardized. Not as Zelly’s birth-mother, but as the mother who has been together with her since she was born, Finn embarks on establishing a new relation with her. This is not a traditional biological family, but the family shaped on the basis of intimacy, desire, and affection. Another axis of the film’s narrative is placed on an abortion clinic Nancy managed during her lifetime. As Finn takes over the clinic, she is confronted with a deaththreat from anti-abortionists. Here the film interweaves an array of lesbian issues - lesbian couples’ delivery and fostering and their establishment of alternative family - with issues of feminism that center on the female body, including abortion, woman’s right to selfdetermination regarding her body, and a policy of the childbirth technology. In so doing, it provides viewers with the pleasure of enjoying a deeply involved feature-length film that narrates a multi-layered story packed with the complex issues that lie at the heart of the lesbian’s life. (HONG So-in)
Dominique CARDONADominique CARDONA
Laurie COLBERTLaurie COLBERT
Dominique Cardona was born in Algeria and raised in France. She immigrated to Canada in 1990. Laurie Colbert, born and raised in Toronto, was one of ten filmmakers from across Canada selected to be a resident at the Canadian Film Centre in 1996. She and Dominique Cardona have collaborated on four films together: Below the Belt (1999) premiered at Berlin International Film Festival and went on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was nominated for a Genie Award and won Audience Awards for Best Short at Inside/Out Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festival in Toronto and the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. My Feminism (1997) premiered at Montreal World Film Festival and won awards for Best Female Canadian Directors at Images Festival in Toronto; and Best Feature Documentary, Reel Affirmations, Washington DC\'s International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Thank God I\'m a Lesbian (1992) premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won Audience Awards at Créteil International Women\'s Film Festival, France, and the Torino Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Italy. Finn\'s Girl is their first feature film.