Separated from her mother by smugglers at the US/Mexico border, a determined 12-year-old sets out across a desert to find her mother and a place where they both can be safe.
Through the moving story of activist Pidgeon Pagonis, A Normal Girl brings the widely unknown struggles of intersex people to light.
A Regular Woman tells the story of 23-year-old Hatun Ayhrun Sürücü, a Turkish-Kurdish woman living in Germany who in February 2005, was shot dead at a Berlin bus stop in an ‘honour killing’ by her youngest brother.
Football and feminism collide when former NFL cheerleaders battle the league to end wage theft and illegal employment practices.
At the Philadelphia abortion helpline, counselors arrive each morning to the nonstop ring of calls from women and teens who are seeking to end a pregnancy but can’t afford to.
The Athena Film Festival Activism Booth connects festival attendees with a network of like-minded organizations working to advance a more equitable society for girls and women everywhere.
Inspired by the Greek tragedy of the same title, multi-award-winning filmmaker Sophie Deraspe centers her adaptation around a brilliant teenage girl who chooses to live by her own standards of justice.
By creating an organization that uses dance therapy to aid survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, a young woman heals from her own vicious attack.
As Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays, sorority girls on campus are being killed by a stalker. In this loose remake of the 1974 Canadian “slasher” classic, the killer is about to discover that today’s generation of fearless women are not willing to become hapless victims.
A dreamy portrait of photographer Shoog McDaniel, a self-described queer, fat, southern freak, whose work with fat bodies in nature finds beauty in new places.
Butterfly is an intimate portrait of Irma “The Butterfly” Testa, a talented 18-year-old, who is the first female Italian boxer to be selected for the Olympic Games.
The love story of two Roma women: bride-to-be Carmen and street artist Lola find themselves in a secret love affair, having to hide it from their families and their community.
Chinonye Chukwu’s sophomore feature is an enthralling story of Bernadine (Alfre Woodard), a prison warden whose years working on death row takes a psychic toll.
Couper Oroña, a former firefighter injured on the job, lives with disabilities on the streets of San Francisco and uses her paramedic skills to provide medical care to others living in tents or street encampments.
2020 is the 25th anniversary of the 4th World Conference for Women. To commemorate this anniversary UN Women has launched a global campaign: Generation Equality. Join us for an intergenerational and intersectional discussion on how film can be used globally to challenge stereotypes and drive social change.
In this portrait of strength, love, and courage, 30-year-old, Danielle Hernandez wears a brave face as she tells her mother about her breast cancer prognosis in a simple phone call.
Blondie’s Debbie Harry endures years of superficial, tedious, and demeaning questions from journalists until she devises a brilliant way to turn interviews on their head.
Discovering Girlhood: Shorts Program – ME 3.769, Nefertiti, Fuck You, PICK, War Mothers: Unbreakable, A Line Birds Cannot See, A Normal Girl
When Rachel Cowan, an influential mindfulness teacher, and the first female Jew by choice ordained as a Rabbi, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, she turned dying into an opportunity to experience gratitude.
This panel will help filmmakers to develop effective outreach and communication plans.
Join us for a presentation from Daniela Letiner, animator and artist as she walks us through her journey to animation.
For Sama is the incredible story of Waad al-Kateab, a journalist/filmmaker who filmed her life for over five years during the conflict in Aleppo, Syria.
Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle?
On a night out with friends, Alice steals a strap-on and challenges her boyfriend’s views about girls. Together they discover something new about themselves.
What does it really look like to be a feminist leader in 2020? This series of docu-shorts follows dynamic activists from five countries who are disrupting the status quo to radically alter the course of history.
Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes.
I Am Woman tells the inspiring story of singer Helen Reddy, who wrote and sang the song “I Am Woman” that became the anthem for the women’s movement in the 1970s.
Mikuan and Shaniss grew up as best friends in their Innu community. They promised to stick together, but their friendship is shaken when Mikuan falls for a white boy, and starts dreaming of leaving the reserve that’s now too small for her dreams.
Little Women draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life with her three sisters.
When 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert mysteriously disappears one night, her mother Mari embarks on a dark journey that finds her face to face with hard truths about her daughter, herself, and police bias.
A reading of select scenes from Lucky 13 by Denise Meyers, the recipient of the inaugural Alfred P. Sloan Athena List Development Grant.
Join us for an in-depth Masterclass on writing for film & TV with Valerie Woods, the co-executive producer/writer of Ava Duvernay’s acclaimed drama series, Queen Sugar.
A preteen Latina looks forward to her maturing body but must soon cope with the sexual misconduct of someone she trusts.
With their partners serving in Afghanistan, a band of women form a choir on the military base and quickly discover that they can rely on each other for more than beautiful harmonies.
The moving story of Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, who served 10 years in jail after suffering a stillbirth in her 9th month of pregnancy.
Based on true events, a Japanese-American mother struggles to accept and cope with her daughter’s autism.
Despite being blind and uniquely vulnerable, Nefertiti is determined to follow her desires and live her life on her own terms, with or without the help of her sister.
Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery and compassion.
Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most, she questions the practices of her country’s military, and becomes determined to challenge this rite of passage.
This film tells the story of Tamara Loertscher, a rural Wisconsin mother who was jailed after telling her doctor about her occasional drug use before she knew she was pregnant and her fight to overturn Wisconsin’s ‘Unborn Child Protection Act.’
A young girl wears her Afro to school and must deal with the unexpected consequences.
Power Meri follows the PNG Orchids, Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby team, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia.
Queering the Script examines the rising power of the fans and audience shaping representation on TV.
From the 1870s through our 21st century, RADIOACTIVE tells the story of pioneering scientist Marie Curie through her extraordinary life and her enduring legacies – the passionate partnerships, her shining scientific breakthroughs, and the darker consequences that followed.
Shola, known as “Rocks” after protecting her childhood friend from bullies, has big dreams but one day she returns home from school to discover her mother has left and she is responsible for younger brother Emmanuel.
Amanda Morales, a Guatemalan mother of three U.S.-born children is the first immigrant to claim sanctuary in New York since President Trump took office.
Siobhán’s a marine biology student who prefers to work alone in the lab. But while on a research expedition on a ragged fishing trawler, an unfathomable life form ensnares the boat and Siobhán must overcome her alienation, before everyone is lost.
Shorts Program I – Abortion Helpline: This is Lisa, Welcome Back, A Sister, Bodies Like Oceans, Couper Was Here
Shorts Program II – The Shepherdess, Dani, Ballet After Dark, Deborah Harry Does Not Like Interviews, My Daughter Yoshiko, Mothers Of
In 1926, the world’s most famous evangelist, Sister Aimee Semple McPherson, fakes her own death in order to run away to Mexico with her married lover.
Lois, 16, dreams of becoming an astronaut, but she has a big problem: she weighs over 200 pounds.
Student Short Film Showcase – Poisonberries, Qintong (Child Pianist), Wedding Dance
Showing clips from the new documentary Surge, the panel will discuss how women candidates affect our political system and change what it means to be a politician in this hyper-partisan age.
A Sheriff’s deputy takes on her Louisiana town’s old-money establishment when the woman she loves is found murdered.
A bureaucratic mixup leads an ambitious young doctor in Saudi Arabia, Maryam, to stumble on the application for her local city elections and she decides to run.
In this panel we will hear from Dr. Stacy Smith and women who work across all fields of animation to discuss the current field of animation and what we can do to get women across the pipeline of the animation industry.
A Navajo shepherdess perseveres despite extreme drought in this poetic short film about a rapidly vanishing way of life.
This panel will hear from the #SilenceBreakers, the women who put their names, reputations, and careers on the line to stand up and change the culture. They will share their experiences and the impact speaking up has taken on lives and careers.
An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison.
A night. A car. A woman in trouble. To avoid danger, Alie must make the most important phone call of her life.
The Athena Film Festival is proud to partner with Unladylike2020 to show four short films from their upcoming series.
As her country goes to war, 18-year-old Yana puts aside her dreams of becoming a doctor and creates a national movement, but she must find her deepest strength when she is in a life-threatening car accident.
This film introduces the Radical Monarchs, an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of color, and its founders, two fierce queer women of color, who have inspired a new generation of social justice activists.
After being deported to Venezuela, one of the most dangerous countries in the world, Rosa and her daughter must find a way to escape to Colombia.
In 1977, with just four months left, NASA struggles to recruit scientists, engineers and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That is when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, challenges them by asking the question: Where are my people?.
This panel will focus on depictions of women as both heroes and villains in horror films and beyond and what this tells us about the current zeitgeist.
Following the screening of Woman In Motion the panel will discuss the history of women in space and the connection between the stories on screen and the real-life initiatives.