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Adapted and directed by pioneer American female filmmaker Lois Weber, Shoes tells the story of a poor, young working woman, Eva (Mary MacLaren), who is overburdened trying to financially support her family. When Eva can’t afford to replace her hole-ridden shoes, she must consider the uninvited advances of a male pursuer. Recently benefiting from a sparkling digital restoration, Shoes is a powerful silent film offering astute social commentary on class and gender, and a rare early example of feminist filmmaking; a fitting film to launch our A Woman’s Work screening series, in support of Sistering.

Shirley Hughes, director of the Toronto Silent Film Festival will introduce the film.

Pianist Marilyn Lerner provides live piano accompaniment.

Join us for a post-screening discussion led by The Star reporter Emily Mathieu, and including Toronto’s Deputy Mayor and Ward 9 City Councillor, Ana Bailão, alongside representatives from Sistering, a 24/7 drop-in centre for at-risk women in Bloorcourt. The panel will provide some context and information about Sistering and the services they provide, as well as an opportunity for audiences to ask questions.

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"An auteur before that word entered the cinematic lexicon."
New York Times
"Rediscover the first great woman of the American cinema."
Chicago Reader
"A powerful statement about patriarchy and the scant options that women had then in a world of men."
Pop Matters
Directed by: Lois Weber
Featuring: Mary MacLaren Harry Griffith Mattie Witting Jessie Arnold William V. Mong
Year: 1916 Runtime: 60 mins Rating: STC