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Family of Woman Film Festival

02/26/2020 - 8:00am to 03/03/2020 - 7:00pm
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The Family of Woman Film Festival was established to raise awareness about the work the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is doing as a leading global agency working to ensure all females have access to education, reproductive health care, and basic human rights. Five documentaries and dramatic films are featured each year highlighting women in societies around the world.  Throughout the festival week, filmmakers of award-winning films, the subjects, and international speakers engage with the community through programs in the local schools and free forums throughout the community. 

For more information visit the festival's website.


Past Events:

2019 Schedule of Events:

Feb 25 at 6 pm - "Mrs. Groundo's Daughter" at the Community Library (free to the public)
Feb 26 at 6 pm - "Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the Health and Dignity of Women" at the Community Library (free to the public)
Feb 27 & 28 - POV Donors Breakfast with speakers Suzanne Bowles & Naima Dido at the Knob Hill Inn
Feb 27 at 3 pm & 7 pm - "The Bleeding Edge" at Magic Lantern Cinemas
Feb 28 at 3 pm & 7 pm - "The Judge" at Magic Lantern Cinemas
Mar 1 a3 pm & 7 pm - "I Am Not a Witch" at Magic Lantern Cinemas
Mar 2 a3 pm & 7 pm - "Facing The Dragon" at Magic Lantern Cinemas
Mar 3 at 3 pm & 7 pm - "On Her Shoulders" at Magic Lantern Cinemas

2018 - Celebrating 11 years, the Family of Women Film Festival brings films from all across the globe to display the challenges that young girls and women are forced to undergo every day. The Festival, established in 2008, was created to raise awareness of the incredible work of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF). Chilling and heartbreaking documentaries are presented each year, and each tells a stunning stories of women's struggles in unique and, at times, abusive cultures. The documentaries will be displayed at the Sun Valley Opera House throughout the week.

This year Maria Cavalcanti, President and CEO of Pro Mujer will open the festival with the Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the Health and Dignity of Women.

Wednesday's Filmmaker Retrospective will be Sun Come Up with filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn.

Thursday brings Mama Colonel with Ugochi Daniels, Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch of the UNFPA. Colonel Honorine Munyole is the head of a special national police unit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo charged with the protection of women and children.

Friday's feature is Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light) with filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn. Three blind women in Havana, Cuba,  explore the heartbreak and the liberation of personal transformation, revealing both the pain and joy of what fighting for yourself means. As one of the women so aptly remarks, “If you want to die, you die. If you want to fight, you fight. If you want to live, you live.”

Saturday's triple feature is made up of Poetry, a film that follows Mija, who has just learned she is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Followed by Sami Blood with Filmmaker Amanda Kernell.  Elle-Marja is a 14 year-old indigenous Sami girl (also known as Lapps) who lives in Northern Scandinavia and herds reindeer with her family. When she and her younger sister are forced to attend a Swedish-speaking boarding school, for the first time Elle-Marja experiences the racism and prejudice directed at her heritage and culture that existed in 1930’s Sweden. Finishing with In Syria with filmmaker Philppe Va Leeuw. A Syrian woman tries to protect her family form the raging war by covering her windows and barricading her door. As the danger comes closer, she must make moral decisions to keep everyone alive.

The last feature presentation will be Girls' War with filmmaker Mylene Sauloy. As terror and war tear through the Kurdish villages of Syria and Northern Iraq, the brave women of the Patriotic Women’s Association have even created an army, comprised of women from all over the world including Paris, Turkish Kurdistan, and Germany. They have taken up arms against the Islamic state, and winning inspiring victories.