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Women+Film

Women+Film showcases documentaries, narratives, and short films celebrating the best in women-centric programming; both by and about women. These thought-provoking stories of women from around the world are sure to inspire all audiences.

PRESENTED BYBarbara Bridges

Film Selections

Ballad of a White Cow / Ghasideyeh gave sefid

In-Person & Virtual • iran, france • Dir. Behtash Sanaeeha, Maryam Moghaddam

Mina starts a silent battle against a cynical justice system when she learns that her husband Babak was innocent of the crime for which he was executed.

Lady Buds

In-Person & Virtual • usa • Dir. Chris J. Russo

Six courageous women come out of the shadows of the cannabis underground to go legal. But with corporations taking over the industry, these trailblazers must fight for a piece of the “American Dream” in the market they helped create.

Lingui, the Sacred Bonds / Lingui

in-person • chad, france, germany, belgium • Dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

On the outskirts of N'djamena in Chad, Amina lives alone with her only 15-year-old daughter Maria. Her already fragile world collapses the day she discovers that her daughter is pregnant, but in a country where abortion is not only condemned by religion, but also by law, Amina finds herself facing a battle that seems lost in advance.

Madly in Life

In-Person & Virtual • belgium • Dir. Ann Sirot, Raphaël Balboni

Alex and Noémie want to have a child, but things get complicated when Suzanne, Alex's hype mother, becomes increasingly eccentric. Between the child they want and the one Suzanne becomes, everything gets mixed up. This is the story of a rodeo, the turbulent journey of a couple who discovers parenthood in reverse!

The Justice of Bunny King

in-person • New Zealand • Dir. Gaysorn Thavat

Bunny King is a mother of two, a rough cut diamond with a sketchy past. While battling the system to reunite with her children, a confrontation leads her to take her niece Tonyah under her wing. With the world against her and Tonyah, Bunny’s battle has just begun.

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Radiograph of a Family

in-person • norway, switzerland, iran • Dir. Firouzeh Khosrovani

I am the product of Iran’s struggle between secularism and the Islamic ideology. My parents’ love story takes us from the Shah era to the Islamic Revolution and the hardships during the Iran-Iraq War, up to the present day – all in our home in Tehran. In my childhood, I was constantly forced to choose between my parents; each day, I endured imposition from one side and acceptance from the other.

Soy Cubana

In-Person & Virtual • cuba, usa • Dir. Ivaylo Getov, Jeremy Ungar

In 2017, the all-female Cuban quartet, Vocal Vidas, were invited to perform their first show in America, just as US-Cuba relations were closing. What began as a concert became a journey across physical and ideological borders: an affirmation of the connective power of music, even in the most uncertain times.

The Conductor

In-Person & Virtual • usa • Dir. Bernadette Wegenstein

The Conductor takes the audience into the heart of classical music, and into the soul of one of its top artists, the internationally renowned conductor Marin Alsop — the first woman to serve as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra — giving us backstage passes to the artistry and energy that rewards her audiences and inspires her students.

The Return: Life After ISIS

in-person • spain, uk • Dir. Alba Sotorra

A unique access portrait of a group of Western women who devoted their young lives to ISIS, but who now want to be given the chance to start over back home in the West. Universally reviled by the media, these women now tell their stories for the very first time.

Writing with Fire

in-person • india • Dir. Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh

In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India's biggest issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.

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