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Family of Women Film Festival

02/27/2018 - 12:30am to 03/04/2018 - 11:00pm
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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 everyday. 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 filmaker Jennifer Redfearn.

Thursday brings Mama Colonel with Ugochi Daniels, Chief of the Humanitarian Response Banch of teh UNFPA. Colonel Honorine Munyole is the head of a special national police unit in the Democtratic 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 know 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.

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