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    TIFF Women DIrectors: Meet Shonali Bose - 'Margarita, With a Straw'

    "I grew up with a relative, only one year younger than me, who has cerebral palsy. I asked her what she wanted for her 40th birthday, and she replied that she just wanted to have sex. That remark stayed with me."

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Tamara Erde - 'This is My Land'

    "A few years after graduating high school, I began to understand how the history taught to me in school about my country was partial and selective."

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Lindsay MacKay - 'Wet Bum'

    "One summer, when I was a teenager, my parents suggested I take a job at the nursing home as a cleaning woman. As the summer passed, I began to understand that this moment in these people’s lives wasn’t as peaceful as I had always imagined."

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Linnea Saasen - 'Meet Me in Montenegro'

    "All of a sudden, [my co-director and I] were both without a place to live, a job, or any future plans. So we felt very inspired to write a fictional story about the whole experience."

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Suha Arraf - 'Villa Touma'

    "I wanted to bring the human side of the Palestinian to the forefront, their strengths and weaknesses, compassion and stubbornness. I see in modern Palestinian cinema where we are portrayed as either heroes or victims, and we have forgotten the person stuck in between."

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Marte Vold - 'Out of Nature'

    "I was 8 months pregnant at the time of shooting in the mountains. It went surprisingly well, but it was definitely a source of (unspoken) jitteriness."

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Lone Scherfig - 'The Riot Club'

    "The biggest difficulty was having the courage to not want things to end the way they should, but the way they would."

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Isidora Marras- 'I Am Not Lorena'

    "For almost two years, I received several calls asking for a woman called Lorena Ruiz. After being mad for a while, I simply began to be curious: Who was this woman? When I started writing the movie, the phone calls stopped."

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Laura Nix - 'The Yes Men Are Revolting'

    "The Yes Men are these two guys, Mike and Andy, who have collaborated for almost 20 years to fight injustice through their very own unique form of activism – they impersonate people at business and government events to make a political point."

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Tala Hadid - 'The Narrow Frame of Midnight'

    "The Greeks believed, as writer Jeanette Winterson reminds us, that the hidden life demands invisible ink. And so, in a way, the characters with whom we travel in 'The Narrow Frame of Midnight' are people who have decided to discern the hidden story within themselves and to continue to write it at a...

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