...And Woman Wove It in a Basket
1989 | 70 minutes | Color | 16mm/VHS | Order No. 99369
"Unusually sensitive. Thoughtfulness and skill are balanced in the spiritually rich content and mood."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Hawaii International Film Festival
- Museum of Modern Art
- American Indian Film Festival, Best Documentary
- Royal Anthropological Institute Festival, UK
- Native American Film and Video Festival
Bushra Azzouz, (1954-2019), was a documentary filmmaker who, throughout her personal life and in her films, devoted herself to supporting and giving voice to the unheard, the marginalized and the powerless. She worked on projects connected to community media, organic food production, indigenous land rights in Borneo, children and homeless youth. She trained hundreds of aspiring filmmakers who remember her with heartfelt devotion and gratitude. Born in Mosul, Iraq, Bushra grew up in Lebanon before moving to the United States where she attended Reed College and majored in Theater. Later, she earned a master's degree at San Francisco State University with a focus on documentary film production. Her films include AND WOMEN WOVE IT IN A BASKET, a portrait of Native American basket weaver Nettie Jackson, NO NEWS, a personal reflection on the events of 9-11, WOMEN OF CYPRUS, a study of Cypriot women seeking to reunify their war-torn island and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM IN PRISON, an ongoing project portraying a production of Shakespeare's play by prisoners at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla, Ore. Bushra also taught for decades as a lead faculty member at the Northwest Film Study Center.
Nettie Jackson Kuneki, member of the Klickitat Indian community of Oregon and well-known Pacific Northwest basket artist, has woven baskets for 30 years. Kuneki’s documentary film, And Woman Wove It in a Basket examines basket weaving as a means for the Klickitat people to reclaim their native heritage. The film depicts the daily lives of contemporary Klickitat women determined to protect their native legacy and features members of Kuneki’s own family. And Woman Wove It in a Basket earned Kuneki the award for Best Documentary at the American Indian Film Festival. (07/09)