Special Presentation: American Woman



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When people have a sense of power, they have a powerful choice – especially those younger and more invisible than most. After successfully enacting a violent plot against the United States government, Jenny Shimada (Hong Chau), a young ex-radical, relies on her off-the-grid expertise to safeguard three runaways. She is particularly drawn to Pauline (Sarah Gadon), who notoriously adopted the revolutionary ideology of her kidnappers. American Woman puts us in the safe house and on the road with young activists and their kidnapped subject in a Patty Hearst-inspired adventure in power, identity and transformation from Emmy-winning filmmaker Semi Chellas.

Director:  Semi Chellas
Writer:  Semi Chellas
Producer:  Christina Piovesan
Cast:  Hong Chau, Sarah Gadon, Ellen Burstyn, David Cubitt, John Gallagher Jr.
Cinematographer:  Gregory Middleton
Editor: Lindsay Allikas
Country:  Canada
Province:  ON
Language:  English
Runtime:  80 minutes