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Wanted: Strong Woman


Short Film – Quebec – 2019 –  15 min
Color | French with English subtitles | 1.85:1 | Stereo


Between working as a nurse and taking care of her uncle, a poet living with memory loss, Nadege lacks the confidence to get what she wants from life. That is, until she discovers the world of wrestling. Her new passion will bring out a hidden side of her. A colorful short film bristling with poetry, wrestling and black woman strength.

  • Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2019 *Best Director
  • Off-Courts Trouville, 2019
  • Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec, 2019
  • St-John’s International Women’s Film Festival, 2019
  • Austin Film Festival, 2019
  • Big Water Film Festival, 2019 *Best Short Film
  • FICFA, 2019
  • Cinema on the Bayou, 2020
  • Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma, 2020
  • Destiny City Film Festival, 2020
  • North Europe International Film Festival: London Edition, 2020
  • Gala Prends ça court!, 2020 *La Bande Sonimage Award, Special mention of the Jury
  • Dresden  FilmFest, Focus Québec, 2020
  • Breakthroughs Film Festival, 2020
  • Palm Spring ShortsFest, 2020
  • Dawson City International Short Film Festival, 2020
  • South European International Film Festival (Valencia edition), 2020
  • OBLIA FILM NETWORK short film market, 2020
  • Vienna Shorts, 2020
  • Les Percéides, 2020
  • Berlin Short Film Festival, 2020 *Best Short Film
  • Figari Film Fest, 2020
  • PRINDIE – Princeton Independent Film Festival, 2020
  • Calgary International Film Festival, 2020
  • Bolton Film Festival, 2020
  • Miami Short Film Festival, 2020
  • SATISFIED EYE International Film Festival, 2020
  • Courts d’un Soir, 2020
  • Pittsburgh Shorts, 2020
  • Festival de films féministes de Montréal, 2020


  • Tatiana Zinga Botao
  • Maka Kotto
  • Elisabeth Sirois


  • Director and screenwriter:  Marilyn Cooke
  • Producer: Nellie Carrier (Cinquième Maison)
  • Director of photography:  Marie Davignon
  • Production Design:  Maryse Touchette
  • Editing: Myriam Magassouba
  • Original Score: Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux

After graduating from film studies, Marilyn Cooke explores the themes that fascinate her, including family relationships and dreams. She was a finalist in screenwriting competition Sprint for Your Script. Her first short film, Nothing But Us, was screened at various film festivals and was selected for the Solveig Anspach short film competition in Reykjavik, Iceland.


Envers et Contre Nous (2015)

-Solveig Anspach Short Films Competition (Reykjavik, Islande)

-Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois

-Quebec City Film Festival

-Oruro Film Fest

Wanted Strong Woman - A film by Marily Cooke - Poster