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UNIC screens film on feminist empowerment.

ISLAMABAD -- The United Nations Information Center in Islamabad (UNIC) screened Derby Crazy Love, a Canadian documentary film exploring flat track roller derby and its third-wave feminist empowerment here late Friday at High Commission of Canada.

Directed by Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott of Red Queen Productions and distributed by Women Make Movies, Derby Crazy Love explores the evolution of the re-emerging Flat Track Roller Derby, with a focus on its international sisterhood. There are over 100 leagues in Canada and 1,400 worldwide. Maya Gallus, one of the co-creators, explains, 'Derby is female-dominated and player-owned and operated, which already distinguishes it from any other sport.'

As the film begins, Montreal's New Skids on the Block rematch against the UK's London Roller girls for a shot at the international championships, and New York City's Gotham Girls defend their title.

This film captures how roller derby is part of punk's counterculture, which tackles issues of masculinity, femininity, aggression, body image, queer identity and gender norms. Each team consists of athletes with these various identities that have found a team where they belong. This sport is also a healthy outlet for of aggression, which is often denied to women.

The event was hosted by High Commission of Canada as part of 16-day International Film Festival 'Highlighting human rights through cinematography' arranged by UNIC in collaboration with European Union to mark 70 years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 8, 2018
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