By: Jasmine Escareno
Day 2 of the La Femme Festival showcased the works by more incredibly strong women. It was a full day of screenings and panels, but an amazing opportunity to support female creators. These are the three films I recommend you check out!
Candice documents the life of former porn star, Candida Royalle (Candice). The film details Candice’s life, starting with her humble beginnings. Her parents divorced when she was young, and grew up separately from her siblings. She gets into the porn industry to fun and explore, but later loses herself and feels the urge to stop. She does find an alternative as she becomes a director and producer of her own films. She then empowers women and changes the game in the porn industry. She also shows places she’s lived in her life and any childhood memories that she remembers. There is a plot twist as Candice discovers information about her family: her mother passed away and her brother is still alive. Thereafter, in the documentary Candice spends time with her brother and come to terms with their respective childhoods. The documentary ends with Candice losing her battle to cancer.
As If They Were Angels
Death experiences can be traumatic, especially in a time of war. “As if they Were Angels” takes place during World War II. There were three warships (Wilkes, Pollux, and Truxtun) on their way on a mission when they shipwrecked on Newfoundland. The sailors try to stay alive as they stranded in the middle of nowhere. Luckily, the people of Newfoundland hear the commotion and find the sailors. The people of the town are able to help them, and bring most of them to safety. 40 years later, the surviving sailors and people of the town have a reunion and commiserate that unfortunate time.
Many people have mentioned the power of yoga and meditation, however, this film goes into more detail about the benefits. The documentary focuses on how people have become so superficial and too immersed in their technology. Instead, they should take a breath and listen instead of going for the instant gratification. The concept of neuroplasticity the film explores alludes to the idea that we can rewire our brains. Yoga can bring many benefits such as breath, focus, and MAKE us happy. So, we should start now.
These were part of the films of the festival, and was sad to see them end. However, let’s look forward to next year!