JoDee Samuelson’s new animated film
When local filmmaker, artist and Buzz columnist JoDee Samuelson was a student at UPEI recently, she was struck by the fact women were rarely mentioned in any of the course material. “It seems women are completely absent from history,” says Samuelson, “except for rare exceptions like Madame Curie, Florence Nightingale, or our own Lucy Maud Montgomery. I wanted to change that in my own small way.”
In Samuelson’s new short animated film, Women of Confederation, a perky red-haired professor gives a lecture about women’s rights in the year of the Charlottetown Conference. The film answers the question, “What were women doing in 1864.”
Entertaining and short (8 minutes 30 seconds), this little film is a reminder of just how far women have come in the past one hundred fifty years and the contributions and impact made both locally and internationally. Today women can do and be anything from an astronaut to a Supreme Court Judge. “This is worth celebrating!” says Samuelson.
Women of Confederation was produced under the sponsorship of the Federated Women’s Institute of Prince Edward Island with a grant from PEI Birthplace FUND 2014 and assistance from the National Film Board of Canada. The film will screen at City Cinema in Charlottetown on July 13.