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What Happened to Her
2016, 15 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W171206

WHAT HAPPENED TO HER is a forensic exploration of our cultural obsession with images of the dead woman on screen. Interspersing found footage from films and police procedural television shows and one actor’s experience of playing the part of a corpse, the film offers a meditative critique on the trope of the dead female body.

The visual narrative of the genre, one reinforced through its intense and pervasive repetition, is revealed as a highly structured pageant. The experience of physical invasion and exploitation voiced by the actor pierce the fabric of the screened fantasy. The result is recurring and magnetic film cliché laid bare. Essential viewing for Pop Culture, Women’s and Cinema Studies classes.

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Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, Honorable Mention, Best Short Documentary
Dallas International Film Festival, Short Grand Jury Prize

  • New York Film Festival
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
  • London Feminist Film Festival
  • Traverse City Film Festival
  • Dok Leipzig
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam

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    "Reveals our cultural obsession with images of murdered women as entertainment. It's a postmortem pageant that lays a Hollywood cliché bare, but regrettably not to rest."
    Angie Driscoll
    Hot Docs

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