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My Withered Tomato Friend

Canada, 1991 (MIFF 1992, Experimental)

Director: Michelle Harrison, Sally Abbott

A tonal poem that rejects conventional narra­tive in order to express the thoughts of an abused woman. Four 'found' images and a woman's voice alternate between thoughts of a battered wife who denies her abuse, and the horrific poetry of the abuse. The images, at first evidently racist and sexist, are demonstrative of the images the media presents to society and which need to be re-evaluated to break down racial and gender stereotypes that contribute to violence against women.

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