The 11th annual Hamilton Film Festival boasts 150 movies, docs and shorts with a record number of female directors this year.
While the festival’s commitment to local remains strong with 47 works shot in Hamilton there is also push for diversity through international films and and those that showcase a variety voices.
This year, 45 selections were directed by women including Niara Modi’s 12 minute short called “Stir.”
“It’s the story of a woman who is mourning the death of her mother and invites the entire family over for a traditional Indo-Persian feast” said Modi.
The twist, she explains is that this woman has no idea how to cook, let alone the complicated dish before her and what follows is an identity crisis.
Modi says she was attracted to this festival because it is unique and expanding internationally while staying true to its roots in Hamilton.
The Hamilton Film Festival runs from November 5th to the 13th at venues across the city.
Stir will be screened on November 11th at the Staircase Theatre.