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SWAN Day MKE Mini Film Fest

  • Urban Ecology Center, Menomonee Valley 3700 West Pierce Street Milwaukee, WI, 53215 United States (map)

EVENT: SWAN Day MKE Mini Film Fest

DATE: April 18, 2019 from 5 PM - 7 PM


COST: Pay what you can.

VENUE: Urban Ecology Center, 3700 W Pierce St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53215

As part of the SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day MKE exhibition, "Water: Reflection, Resource & Ritual," please join us for the SWAN Day MKE Mini Film Fest, a special screening of three films by Milwaukee women filmmakers:

• “The Water will Carry us Home” by Gabrielle Tesfaye (7 min)
• “Alice’s Garden by Jenny Plevin (10 min)
• “On Hands” by Laj P. Waghray (70 min)

For adults and teens. Pay what you can, at the door

Learn more about these amazing films:

The Water will Carry us Home:
by Gabrielle Tesfaye
Through living ritual and stop motion animation, "The Water Will Carry Us Home" tells the story of stolen Africans who are thrown off a slave ship whilst sailing through the Middle Passage. Upon falling into the ocean, the unimaginable happens when mermaids, who dwell in these waters, save their spirits.

Alice's Garden:
by Jenny Plevin
Meet Venice Williams, executive director of Alice’s Garden, a community garden in Milwaukee. Venice shares her connections with rivers and water, and shows how the garden is using innovative water solutions that are a model for other communities nationwide.

On Hands:
by Laj. P Waghray
In a time when our experiences of the world are mediated through technology, this poetic film brings our attention to an essential way of experiencing it, by using our hands. By documenting their work with hands, we explore the satisfaction it provides, and how they are redefining what success means.

This event is coordinated by Laj Waghray of Red Crane Films, with support from the SWAN Day MKE team. For additional details, visit the event page at

Also on view in the gallery space: SWAN Day MKE 2019 Art Exhibition thru June 1st:
"Water: Reflection, Ritual & Resource" featuring artwork by 100 Milwaukee women-identified artists as part of the 12th International SWAN Day holiday! Learn more by visiting
Water: Reflection, Ritual & Resource - SWAN Day MKE Exhibition and follow us on social media @SWANDAYMKE

Read more about the history of SWAN Day


SWAN Day MKE is made possible with generous support from the Urban Ecology Center, Blick Art Materials, MOD GEN, WomenArts - SWAN Day, StateraArts, our numerous donors & volunteers!

SWAN Day MKE is Organized & Curated by Jamie Bilgo Bruchman