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Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

Karen Cho / Canada / 2012 / 87 ' / English


Barbara Brown
Karen Cho
Katerine Giguère
Benoît Dame
Lorraine Segato
Ravida Din
Research: Karen Cho, Stefanie Brantner & Sarah Gilbert

Awards & Festivals

Winner: Best Documentary, Whistler Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection: ReFrame: Peterborough International Film Festival, 2012

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A sweeping, invigorating and disconcerting doc on the state of feminism, the herstory of the women's movement, & the status of women in Canada.


Feminism has shaped the society we live in. But just how far has it brought us, and how relevant is it today? Status Quo? asks these questions and uncovers provocative - at times shocking - answers about the evolution of women's equality in Canada. Interweaving a wealth of dynamic archival material with startling contemporary stories, the film situates the vibrant Canadian women's movement in its history-making context. In 1967 the landmark Toyal Commission on the Status of Women made recommendations to address the inequalities faced by women. Now, Status Quo? zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare, asking how much progress we have truly made on these issues. Status Quo? is crucial viewing for every Canadian, especially those unfamiliar with the vital achievements of the feminist movement. This striking, in-depth documentary pays homage to Canada's feminist forerunners and raises important questions about where and how we should move on from here. 


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