57 Ways

A young girl takes drastic measures to rid herself of her vaginal odour.

Creative team

Writer/director: Sharlene Bamboat
Producer: RG Wol

Director’s statement

Sharlene Bamboat says:

57 Ways was written as a short story when I was 17 years old. I was interested in exploring queer and feminist narratives of women’s health and the stigmatization surrounding it. After almost a decade I revisited the story and scripted it with a wonderful team of filmmakers and friends.

57 Ways is reminiscent of early German Expressionist film, uses tropes of Magical Realism, and employs a “Do-it-yourself” aesthetic to examine the problems within western medicinal practices.”

About Sharlene Bamboat


Sharlene Bamboat is a Toronto-based mixed media artist, working predominantly in film, video and performance. Drawing on queer critique, she takes up narratives of belonging and identification in order to challenge, subvert, question, and play with the categories of the nation, race, ethnicity, gender and desire.

Bamboat’s work has exhibited across Canada, Europe, India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. She is on the programming committee of the Pleasure Dome Film & Video Collective, as well as the programmer for SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) in Toronto.

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