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The Damages

Directed by Lisa Steele
Canada, 1978 (video art, 18 minutes, black and white, English)

Film Description:
"From 1974 to 1986 I worked at a shelter for women and children. Most of the women who came to this shelter had been victims of violence. In doing these two tapes [The Damages] and Makin' Strange], I began to draw directly on this experience, synthesizing many women's lives into single, composite characters. I created the character in these tapes, the eccentric Mrs. Pauly, in order to find out why some women 'go off the deep end' when confronted with social control."
-- Lisa Steele (source)


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