Montreal artist Marie-France Alderman has been living in the United States since 1982. She is a visual artist who has worked primarily in photography until 1986, when she began working in film and video. Her credits include Prayer Flags, completed in 1989 for which she received many grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, the Women In Film Foundation and the New England Film/Video Festival. She also directed The Color of a Bruise, an experimental narrative inspired by an essay by Claude Levi-Strauss. This movie is a visual interpretation of the relationship between cultural alienation, spiritual destitution and physical violence.