I'm Wanita

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Australia
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Australian Cultures & Issues
Musicians & Performers
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Matthew Walker
Producer(s):Carolina Sorensen
Clare Lewis
Tait Brady
Editor(s):Peter O'Donoghue
Nikki Stevens
Cinematography:Kathryn Milliss


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Artscapes: Creative minds, artistic pursuits and inventive filmmaking

Australia's self-crowned "Queen of Honky Tonk" Wanita Bahtiyar has dreamt of being a star since the age of three. Not short on sass or talent at the mic, it's the 25 years of outrageous offstage antics that have turned her real life into the stuff of a country song. Hard partying, parenting, sex work and helping out absolutely anyone in need have worn her non-neurotypical spirit out. Estranged from her daughter and barely endured by her Turkish cowboy husband, Wanita has burned every bridge in the business. With the help of two musicians, she's got one last chance to travel to Nashville and record an album with a legendary producer. Can she hold it together long enough to lay down her blazing tracks or will she flame out for good? Is she a harebrained diva of song, or simply a misunderstood woman denied success all her life? This raucous pursuit of a dream inspires as it sings her fantastically imperfect praises. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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  • The Moveable Fest - "An exuberant portrait"
  • POV Magazine - "Proof that a rich imperfect character can fuel a great documentary if the director approaches her with the proper fearlessness" 

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