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Independent Film Week – BARBARA JAMES

SAT, NOV 29 / 7 pm
ir. Winston Washington Moxam | Canada 2001 | 80min. | 35mm

Barbara James is a thirty-something, single, hip and opinionated pregnant Black woman. Her life takes an eventful twist of fate when, one particularly ordinary day, she wakes up and realizes that her unborn baby has stopped moving. On this particular day, Barbara James decides she must sort out her past, present and future. She must come to grips with 30 years of mistakes, miscalculations and misinterpretations, all bound up in a reality she has never faced before. Dealing with a judgmental mother, an irresponsible father who abandons her, an overly protective best friend, no money, no career, no place of her own and a ghost who haunts her, she must decide whether or not to keep her child. Barbara James represents and explores the transitions all of us must go through in our lives – always wondering where to go next and what to do when we get there.

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Winston Washington Moxam attended the film production program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he explored his interest in the injustices and discrimination experienced by women and minorities. After moving to Toronto, where he worked for the CBC, he wrote, directed and produced his first documentary, From the Other Side (1991), which looked at minority street people in Toronto. In 1992, Winston returned to Winnipeg. As director, writer, producer and editor, he has made several short films and videos, including The Barbecue, Fall, Suntan 2020, Cecil Brown (a music video), The Welfare King, The Woman in Black, The Pendulum and Sand. Barbara James is his first feature.

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