Keely and Du – with director Q&A
Directed by Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert
An extremist anti-choice faction transports a young pregnant woman to a remote location where she will be forced to bring her pregnancy to term. Keely awakens to find herself captive in a rustic cabin in northern Ontario, alone bur for DU, a middle aged zealot who has been assigned to be both her guard and her caregiver. Their only connection to the outside word is Robert, the menacing mastermind of the operation whose unpredictable arrivals by boat bring equal parts provision, preaching and fear.
Once she discovers that there is no escape from the island, Keely begins to adapt to the reality of her new situation and, despite her horror at being held prisoner, remains steadfast in her determination to end her pregnancy and reclaim her autonomy.
While resisting the faith-based indoctrination of her captors, she does allow a fragile détente with the pious, yet kindly, Du. Forced together in a beautiful but rugged Canadian wilderness with limited supplies, the two disparate women gradually form a bond that transcends the brutality of their actual relationship.
Frustrated by Keely’s lack of compliance, Robert pushed with increasing force against her resolve. Keely meets him with equal force, setting in motion a shocking and violent showdown that will test the conviction of each character.
Q & A following the screening with the directors
Keely and Du marks the sixth collaboration of directors Laurie Colbert and Dominique Cardona. Throughout their career in film, they have focused on creating roles that mirror the truth of women’s experience with features that include Margarita (2012), voted Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 High Falls Film Festival, and Finn’s Girl (2007). Their seminal documentaries, My Feminism (1997) and Thank God, I’m a Lesbian (1992) have become required viewing in women’s studies curricula.