Onion City Experimental Film Festival 2024 / Contractions


Saturday, April 6 2024 | 5:00 PM | 73 Mins | Chicago Filmmakers


Otherhood* | Deborah Stratman | USA, Jordan, Brazil | 2023 | 3 Mins
Mother and child confront the other. Meanwhile, some ladies are thinking.
*In-Person Screening Only

Contractions* | Lynne Sachs | USA | 2024 | 12 Mins
What happens when those who gestate no longer have control of their bodies? In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ended a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion in the United States. CONTRACTIONS takes us to Memphis, Tennessee where we contemplate the discontinuation of abortion services at a women’s health clinic.
*In-Person Screening Only

I Am a Horse | Chaerin Im | Republic of Korea, Denmark | 2022 | 8 Mins 
Unable to find girls in the diverse artwork of the Korean artist Lee Jung-seob, filmmaker Chaerin Im unravels an imaginative tale of women born with half of their bodies as a horse and a tiger. The tale is inspired by her mother’s Korean birth dreams (Tae-mong) while pregnant with her twin sister and herself.

Grandmamauntsistercat* | Zuza Banasinska | The Netherlands, Poland | 2024 | 23 Mins
Created from the Polish Educational Archive materials, this film tells the story of a matriarchal family through the eyes of a child grappling with the reproduction of ideological and representational systems.
*In-Person Screening Only

Hemorrhage | Ruth Hayes | USA | 2023 | 4 Mins
Animated agitprop against the end of Roe and the evisceration of women’s rights to choose.

legs | Jennifer Still, Christine Fellows, Chantel Mierau | Canada | 2023 | 15 Mins
Three artists work in stride to translate, in sound and motion, the heart of a poem. They collaborate with life’s unexpecteds – snapped clotheslines, drained swimming pools, terminal diagnoses – and learn what falls away is not necessarily gone.

First Aid – Test Series 1 | Maria Anna Dewes, Myriam Thyes | Germany | 2022 | 9 Mins
Care and violence, acknowledgement and reprehension, to give or withdraw support: the video finds performative, sculptural, bizarre and poetic images for this range of diverse gestures and actions. They line up like a series of tests reflecting interpersonal relationships and current social conditions.