What The Femme: Breaking Free from Patriarchal Oppression - Live Class

Horror fanatic Amie Simon dissects the ways in which Thomasin (The Witch) and Dani’s (Midsommar) journeys diverge yet reach a similar point of climactic transformation and freedom.

June 22, 2021


Though The Witch and Midsommar are set in vastly different times, their female protagonists operate within the same patriarchal structures and struggle to break free of them, ultimately reaching a point of transformation and freedom. Join horror fanatic Amie Simon as she dissects the ways in which Thomasin and Dani’s journeys diverge, and how each one emerges from a horrific experience as a true Queen.

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.



Tuesday, June 22, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM PT
Presented via Zoom Webinar
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member
Registration fees offered at a sliding scale; proceeds support both the instructor and SIFF Education programming.


Registrants are encouraged to have viewed or be familiar with the two films that are the focus of this class.. There will be multiple video clips and spoilers for both films. To stream online, click the title below for current platform options.

  • The Witch | dir. Robert Eggers (Canada/USA, 2015)
  • Midsommar | dir. Ari Aster (USA/Sweden, 2019)


What The Femme is a SIFF Education series exploring women character archetypes in cinema through analyzing the roles of women in horror, science fiction, and fantasy films. Each session will explore one character or archetype through several primary films, though likely more may be referenced. This education extension of SIFF's WTF Festival programming is curated by Colleen O'Holleran.

Amie Simon grew up loving scary movies — the more splatter, the better. She loves everything from the bright-orange paint-y blood of Hammer Horror, to Wes Craven’s roller coaster of good & bad, Italian overdubs and so! much! more! She also feels VERY strongly about Bryan Fuller's "Hannibal" series being the best adaptation of all time. You can find her writing about all things horror at ilovesplatter.com, where she also co-hosts a podcast with Adrienne Clark in which they review women-directed horror.