A remarkable digital project created by the USC Shoah Foundation enables Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss to share her story in 3D and interact with an audience for generations to come.
This office satire is about three female secretaries—Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin—who decide to get revenge on their tyrannical, sexist boss was an instant classic. Featuring a depiction of women agitators well ahead of their time and a score that doubled as anthem, 9 to 5’s impact has resonated for the thirty-plus years since its release and remains iconic in 2017’s #MeToo era.
Despite controversy and threats, Muslim singer/songwriter turned spiritual leader Ani Zonneveld takes a stand for justice and a more progressive practice of Islam.
Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in this retelling of the legendary 1973 tennis match in which women’s tennis star Billie Jean King faced off against 55-year-old former Wimbledon champion, Bobby Riggs. King, champion athlete and renowned feminist, found herself beset with personal and professional challenges as she sought to face her sexuality and fight for pay equity in the league.
On May 5, 2014, Norma Bastidas, a fearless survivor of human trafficking, sexual violence, abuse and addiction, shattered the Guinness World Record for longest triathlon. Join Norma and her team on their 64-day trek and witness her unrelenting endurance, selflessness, and compassion as she takes a stand against human trafficking.
A new friendship is tested when it is confronted by racism.
Beatrice Vio was 12 when she had her four limbs amputated due to complications from meningitis. Yet nothing can stop her from pursuing the sport she loves and becoming a world fencing champion at the age of 19.
Alexandra Dean’s illuminating documentary reveals how Hedy Lamarr, considered by many to be the most beautiful woman in the world was also one of the smartest and most misunderstood. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life, Bombshell brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman who remains a role model to this day.
Documentary filmmakers Gund and Kyi unearth previously unpublished material and footage to give us a captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame.
Highlighting the importance of midwifery care in Guatemala, a country with high maternal mortality, Erika and Dora Maria are training to be the first university-level midwives in the country, incorporating new skills into their culture’s traditional practices.
With their country at war and her parents’ marriage falling apart, 12-year-old Dalya and her mother leave Aleppo, Syria, to join her brother in Los Angeles. Together they navigate life in a new country. Dalya, a smiling, effervescent teenager who is the only girl who wears a headscarf at her all-girls Catholic school, must balance her father’s expectations with her developing ideals. A remarkable story of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict, Dalya’s Other Country explores how they must grow and change, caught between highly politicized identities.
Based on a true story from WWII, this stirring film is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival that tells the story of a young Jewish girl in France, who is sent by her parents to a “safe-haven” school in Italy to avoid the Nazi occupation. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, 13-year-old Fanny finds a way to escape, leading her sisters and nine other children across the border to safety in Switzerland.
One of the most pressing conversations in Hollywood is how to increase the number of female storytellers. In building on our conversation from last year, we will discuss how vital the female gaze is for progressively depicting a more representative and inclusive female narrative.
The town hall will include activists working for women’s equality and leadership to discuss ways to move forward. What are the best ways to turn outrage into power?
The moving story of a retired bull rider, the younger rider she mentors, and the barriers they both face as women in the world of rodeo.
Activist and actress Mariska Hargitay investigates the alarming backlog of untested rape kits that have denied justice to survivors of sexual assault for decades. Telling the story of four courageous women whose kits went untested for years, I Am Evidence reveals pervasive problems within the U.S. criminal justice system and sends a powerful message that this travesty must be stopped.
First-time writer/director Rungano Nyoni spins a magical tale where comedy and tragedy are interwoven to virtuosic affect. After a harmless encounter in an African village, the state imprisons the quiet, withdrawn, 8-year-old orphan, Shula, in witch camp — where the witches wear ribbons tied to a tree to ‘keep them from flying’ — and are threatened with a curse if they try to escape.
A powerful critique of the economic and social inequities that divide the United States, It’s Criminal follows a group of Dartmouth College students who, as part of a college class, work with female inmates in a rural jail to create and perform an original play. Signe Taylor’s camera turns an intimate lens on these interactions and the life-changing experiences had by both the inmates and students, demonstrating that empathy is a powerful force in bridging divides.
Appearing on many of the 2017 Best Movies lists, Barnard grad and Athena Award winner Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, loosely based on her teen years in Sacramento, stars Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson who navigates the pressures and constraints of Catholic school with awkward self-assuredness.
Lemonade Mafia tells the story of a young girl pursuing her dream—to own her own business. But what happens when a rival enters the picture?
Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and presented by WITHIN, this nonfiction series follows extraordinary women in Pakistan actively working to change their communities.
A 16-year-old girl, who has come to the hospital morgue to identify her mother’s body is turned away by hospital attendants because she’s too young.
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl’s documentary tells the tale of a true American legend, Wilma Mankiller, a community organizer-turned-political leader who defied all odds to make a difference for her people. During a time when American Indians found themselves disenfranchised and undervalued, Wilma emerged as a champion of the Cherokee Nation and became its first female Principal Chief.
Come learn from Alexa Junge, a Barnard Alumna ’85, and accomplished showrunner, screenwriter, T.V. writer and producer whose credits include Friends, The West Wing, and Grace & Frankie.
Based on a true story, Kate Mara plays Marine corporal Megan Leavey, whose exceptional skill and unique bond with a military combat dog, Rex, saves countless lives as they search for IEDs during 100+ combat missions in Iraq, proving that heroes come in many forms. After leaving the military with a Purple Heart, Megan fights valiantly to adopt the injured Rex and bring him home.
This documentary, directed by Barbara Kopple, tells the stirring story of Sharon Jones, a true soul survivor who’s been called “the female James Brown” for the energy she and her band The Dap-Kings bring to the stage. The film follows Sharon Jones as she battles cancer, struggles to keep her band together and mount a comeback show at New York’s Beacon Theater.
Moana is a sweeping animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Moana persuades the mighty demigod Maui to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors. Together, they voyage across the open ocean and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
By any measure, Helen Clark is an exceptional woman. Her journey from being one of four children on a remote New Zealand farm to becoming New Zealand’s first elected female prime minister is an inspirational life story. My Year with Helen follows her in 2016 as she adds a new, ever more ambitious goal: to become the first female secretary-general of the United Nations.
This classic feature centers on Josey Aimes, who takes a job at a local iron mine in Minnesota. She and other female miners endure unyielding harassment from male co-workers, ranging from verbal taunts to pornographic graffiti and physical abuse. Ignoring advice from family and friends, Josey files a groundbreaking lawsuit and wins a decision that is still protecting women today.
To protest abuses in the Palestinian territories, 18-year-old Atalya faces imprisonment for her decision to become a conscientious objector and forgo enlistment in the Israeli army.
First-time writer/director Geremy Jasper showcases his music chops in this brash and bombastic story of unlikely rapper Patti “Killa P” Dombrowski. Breakout talent Danielle Macdonald plays Patti with the magnetism and stage presence of a seasoned musician, and is matched by the talents of the 2018 Athena Award winner Bridget Everett as Patti’s disillusioned mother,… Read more
Canadian musician Kinnie Starr goes on a quest to find out why only five percent of music producers are women. Through conversations with some of the leading talents and voices in the field, Play Your Gender asks what it takes for a female producer to make it in the music industry.
Stricken by grief and crippling dementia, an aging World War II veteran, dishonorably discharged for loving a woman, seeks out her beloved for one last dance.
For as long as any of us have been around, the canon — those books, plays, films and TV series — anointed as the most important of their kind — has been largely defined as white and male. Join us for a discussion on how we can make the canon more inclusive of women and people of color whose voices and experiences have been historically omitted from the cultural narratives.
Shorts Program I Films: Beads, Con Madre, Objector, Showdown, The Fan, The Red Thunder, Whirlpool, Ya Albi
Shorts Program II Films: 116 Cameras, Al Imam, Beatrice, Frontier, Lemonade Mafia, Lunch Time, Prudence, Waiting for Hassana
Studio owner Cheryl Bellamy takes her dance team from Durham’s inner city to suburban Smithfield, North Carolina where they compete at the first competition of the year—the Showdown.
Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain delivers a moving account of the life of black playwright, communist, feminist, lesbian, and outspoken trailblazer Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), a pivotal voice among black intellectuals of her time. In Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, Tracy Heather Strain unveils the woman behind the words, revealing what it meant to be young, gifted and black in Hansberry’s world and remembering a light lost way too soon.
Social media is a key component in crowdfunding but it also plays a vital role in a film’s promotion. This panel brings together social media experts to introduce filmmakers to the latest tools and strategies integral to a creating a successful campaign.
Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of social entrepreneur and refugee, Mariam Shaar – a stateless refugee who has spent her entire life in a Lebanese refugee camp. The film follows Mariam as she sets out to launch a successful catering company, Soufra, and then expand it into a food-truck business with a diverse group of women from Syria, Iraq, and Palestine—who also call the camp home.
Following the screening of Bombshell, the Hedy Lamarr Story, this panel of illustrious filmmakers will focus on the stories of powerful women in STEM fields and discuss the challenges of bringing these rich, and sometimes complicated scientific stories to life on the big screen.
Susanne Bartsch moved to the United States and reinvented herself as a legendary “Queen of the Night” at the height of New York’s 1980s club scene. ” The doyenne of NYC nightlife for decades, and still at it, she stirs together the art, fashion, and gay dance-club worlds to create extravagant spectacles. The film follows Bartsch’s life as she plans a showstopping party and takes stock of her life.
This inspiring film is based on the true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, who became one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. Te Ata’s journey led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminates in performances for a United States president, European royalty and audiences across the world. Yet, of all the stories she shared, none are more dramatic than her own.
Testimony shares the stories of five survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. Its goal is to inspire those who have been silenced to speak out, while building courage amongst survivors.
The Breadwinner is the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, who must disguise herself as a boy to become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned. A story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, The Breadwinner celebrates the culture, history, and beauty of Afghanistan.
Political and religious leaders in Switzerland cited “Divine Order” as the reason why women still did not have to right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe introduces us to Nora, an apolitical housewife, who becomes the unflinching suffragette leader of the village and helps shepherd equality to this European nation.
The rural elderly woman’s TV antenna is ruined, and she only has a few hours until the national soccer tournament will begin. Will she be able to travel to town and back in time for the big game?
In this drama directed by Steven Spielberg, the Washington Post’s Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper (Meryl Streep) and Post editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) race to catch up with The New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers. This movie shows the importance of the free press to the life of a democracy, but it’s also a very personal story about a woman who was trained to be a wife who becomes the main character in her own story.
Sarah, a nerdy teenager, needs her mom’s new car to go on a date with the boy she likes, but her mom won’t let her take he car. She decides to steal it, but something unexpected happens that changes Sarah’s life forever.
Academy Award-nominated Jessica Chastain stars in this stirring film as Antonina Zabinska, the title character in a true story of husband-and-wife team that run the Warsaw Zoo during the Nazi occupation. Working secretly with the Resistance throughout the Holocaust, the zookeepers sneak Jews out of the ghetto, and give them refuge in tunnels beneath their home, saving hundreds from extermination.
This comedy tells the story of Catrin Cole, a young copywriter drafted by the Ministry of Information to add a woman’s touch to its propaganda films, which are intended to boost morale in the midst of the Blitz. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.
Writer/director Joachim Trier crafts a haunting tale of Thelma (Eili Harboe), a shy college student who has just left her religious family in a small Norway town and finds herself intensely drawn to her classmate Anja (Kaya Wilkins). But in a surprising twist to this coming-of-age tale, first love and self-discovery arrive with uncontrollable seizures and supernatural powers that force her to confront the terrifying implications.
In one of the world’s largest refugee camps in Tanzania, where malaria is the number one killer, the lives of an 11-year-old girl named Amisa and her ill-stricken family are changed forever by the simple gift of mosquito bed nets.
UnREAL takes place behind the scenes of the fictional dating competition show Everlasting, as the show’s producers manipulate the contestants to get the footage they need. Caitlin FitzGerald takes the reins in Season 3 as Everlasting’s female “suitress,” Serena, who the producers have to keep in check as she works her way through eager male suitors, all the while exploring what it means to be a working woman and find love.
Virtual Reality Program: Love With Love: A Story of Women; A Story of Dance, Testimony, Under the Net
Virtual Reality Program: Love With Love: A Story of Women; A Story of Dance, Testimony, Under the Net
In 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped 276 teenage girls in Nigeria. Waiting for Hassana is the harrowing account of one girl’s escape from captivity and a lament for her closest friend, Hassana, who remains missing.
Helen Keller might be known for being deaf and blind, but she was also an avid civil rights activist who fought to eliminate bias against the disabled within the public, her family, and even herself.
In the 2017 blockbuster of the year, based on the DC comics superhero, Gal Gadot plays Wonder Woman, a.k.a. Diana, the Amazonian princess trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Fighting in the war to end all wars, Diana discovers her full powers and her true destiny and inspires young women across the globe.
A Syrian refugee, Aya, must adapt to life in an unfamiliar country on her own after her husband’s immigration visa is unexpectedly rejected.