The 29th annual Women’s Film Festival, March 20-29, in Brattleboro, VT is a celebration of movies from around the world, and a platform for women to tell their own stories. It is also the longest-running women’s film festival in New England and was established to raise funds for the vital work of the Women’s Freedom Center, the non-profit domestic and sexual violence organization providing shelter, advocacy, and support to southeastern Vermont for over 45 years.
For two weekends, 40+ documentaries, feature films, and shorts will be screened at the New England Youth Theatre. There is truly something for everyone with films about the arts, food, friendship, activism, sports, lesbian/queer lives, motherhood, gender roles, religion, romance, and so much more.
OPENING NIGHT: At 7 PM on Friday, March 20th, this year’s Women’s Film Festival ‘s Opening Night Gala will be a fiesta of Mexican-inspired appetizers, drinks, and piñatas followed by a screening of Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy. Nothing Fancy celebrates the spicy cuisine and personality of 96-year old Diana Kennedy who became a kind of gastronomical anthropologist — “an Indiana Jones of food,” noted one Mexican chef — responsible for preserving and sharing a wealth of regional dishes and methods hitherto passed down primarily through oral tradition, mother to daughter. Whether you come all dressed up or in nothing fancy, come hungry and enjoy this feast of a night! Tickets for the gala are $40.
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Adam – a film about maternity, friendship and female identity in contemporary Morocco, where women are torn between traditional values of motherhood and the desire for independence. Come see the film which received a standing ovation at Cannes! Arming Sisters – local filmmaker, Willow O’Feral, tells the story of six Native American women fighting to restore personal and tribal sovereignty in the face of ongoing sexual violence against Indigenous women in the United States. Marriage Material is a tongue-in-cheek short musical that tells the story of Leah who after her boyfriend rejects her marriage proposal, checks herself into a retreat which promises to take less-than-perfect women and transform them into “Marriage Material”.
PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls examines the alarming trend of African American girls being the fastest-growing population in the criminal justice system and the only group of girls disproportionately experiencing criminalization and harsh discipline at every educational level. Queer Genius is a cinematic exploration of four visionary queer artists breaking down barriers in their creative fields as they confront fame, failure, censorship, family, gender, and sexuality.
Tickets for the 29th Annual Women’s Film Festival for individual films are $10/generous, $9/general admission, $8/students/seniors. A five-movie pass is available for $40. Passes may be purchased at Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro or online at Ticket Elf
For more information on this year’s films, screening times and ticket prices, go to www.womensfilmfestival.org