“TODAY THE HAWK TAKES ONE CHICK” – UPCOMING SCREENINGS

Premiere Screening Boston, MA
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART – ICA

February 9 Saturday
7:00 pm
with director Jane Gillooly
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International Premiere Mexico City

FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY CINEMA –  FICCO
February 21 – 26
with director Jane Gillooly
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Boston, MA
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS – MFA 
Remis Box Office: 617-369-3306

March 20 Thursday
8:00 pm
with director Jane Gillooly

March 22 Saturday
2:30 pm
Co presented with the LEF Foundations “Filmmakers Face to Face” program.
with director Jane Gillooly

March 23 Sunday
1:00 pm
with producer Tracey Kaplan

March 27 Thursday
2:00 pm

March 29 Saturday
1:00 pm
with executive producer Pat Daoust

April 6 Sunday
5:45 pm

ABOUT Today the Hawk Takes One Chick Year: 2007  Director: Jane Gillooly

“beautiful and wonderfully crafted, its importance pours out”
— Ryan Haidarian
Head of Development & Production
National Film and Video Foundation – South Africa

This is a poignant and beautifully perceptive portrait of three extraordinarily dynamic grandmothers (gogos), resolutely holding their families together in the wake of the Swaziland Aids crisis. Director Jane Gillooly’s respect for her film’s subjects, her sensitive camera and seamless editing create a delicate balance between the culturally specific aspects of the gogos’ lives and the universality of their tragedies.
— Ilisa Barbash
Associate Curator, Visual Anthropology
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

In Swaziland, the circle of life has been turned on its head. Grandmothers – or Gogo, as they are called in SiSwati and many southern African languages – watch their adult children die of AIDS and are forced to raise their many grandchildren on their own.

Great documentaries have the power to personalize seemingly incomprehensible world issues, breaking barriers of distance and language to present the human condition across cultures. Few achieve that feat as well as Jane Gillooly’s Today the Hawk Takes One Chick, which presents the stories of three African Gogos living in a society at the threshold of simultaneous collapse and reinvention, organizing into communities at an age when they expected that their adult children would be taking care of them.

Gillooly’s direction shines light on the individual suffering and perseverance of those afflicted by AIDS. For 73 minutes, Gillooly’s work invites the audience to live in world where HIV affects everyone, and forces us to ponder the fate of its people. The cinematography and sound recording is sensitive, observant, and mesmerizing; we feel drawn in as participants, overwhelmed and inspired by the challenges the Gogos’ face, with not enough support.

And so this documentary film was made to support the Gogo Project, a consortium of international aid organizations working to provide seeds and fertilizers for gardens, shoes and school uniforms for the children, and profitable trade skills to the Gogo so that they can support their expanding households.
— Richard Herskowitz, Film Programmer
Creative Director Virginia Film Festival

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2 responses to ““TODAY THE HAWK TAKES ONE CHICK” – UPCOMING SCREENINGS

  1. I am a development worker in Swaziland and would love to arrange a screening of the film over here, If Jane is not already doing so. She can contact me at the address above or by ringing SMS +2686540647

  2. Are there any plans for screenings to be held in Canada? And when will the film be available for purchase on DVD?

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