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Starting on February 22 and running through February 28, the ninth annual Family of Woman Film Festival returns to Sun Valley. This Festival features screenings of some of the most important documentary films of the year, lectures sure to start conversations, and provides chances to gather and connect. It is a celebration of the power of women who are dedicating their lives to improving the lives of women and children nationally and around the world. It is a powerful, eye-opening week that should not be missed.
The Family of Woman Film Festival returns to Sun Valley on February 22 bringing powerful and important programming to the Wood River Valley
Powerful women are flocking to Sun Valley, joining the strong local community who make a difference, and chances are, everyone will attend the Festival’s first event at 6 p.m. on February 22. That evening, Christy Turlington Burns will introduce a Filmmaker Retrospective of her documentary, “No Woman, No Cry.” Turlington Burns, a mother, wife, and advocate will speak about her nonprofit organization “Every Mother Counts” and how “No Woman, No Cry” speaks to the issues so important to her. Following a childbirth complication with her own daughter in 2003, Turlington Burns learned that worldwide, hundreds of thousands of women do not survive the same complication and others every year. This mission of “Every Mother Counts” is that “no mother should die bringing life into the world” -- to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother by helping to improve access to quality and timely maternal healthcare. The goal of the organization is to raise funds to support maternal health programs globally. This event is free to the public and will be held at the Community Library in Ketchum.
Christy Turlington Burns will speak twice at the Film Festival, raising awareness for the importance of providing quality maternal healthcare to every woman around the globe
Strong programming continues on Tuesday with the Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the Health and Dignity of Women. At 6:30 p.m. at Ketchum’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Turlington Burns returns to deliver the lecture in conversation with Jill Sheffield, Founder of Women Deliver. This, too, is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, much of the action of the Family of Woman Film Festival shifts to the Sun Valley Village with the screening of the opening film, “Sound of Torture” at the Sun Valley Opera House. Both the film’s subject, Meron Estefanos, and Sarah Costa, Executive Director of the Women’s Refugee Commission, will lead a discussion following the screening. The movie starts at 7 p.m.
On Friday, the acclaimed “The Hunting Ground” will be shown, again at the Sun Valley Opera House at 7 p.m. The film examines the issues of rape on America’s college campuses. On Saturday, “Dreamcatcher” will be shown at 2 p.m. and “India’s Daughter” follows at 7 p.m. Discussions follow each screening. Finally, on Sunday, February 28, the closing film, “Speed Sisters” wraps things up at 2 p.m. For more on each film, and the festival overall, please click here.
Five of the films that comprise the Family of Woman Film Festival will be screened at the Sun Valley Opera House in the Village
Other events include an exhibition of Stephanie Sinclair’s Photographs at the Friesen Gallery in Ketchum with an opening reception on February 24 from 4 – 6 p.m., and a POV breakfast series open to donors of $500 and above.
The Family of Woman Film Festival was founded in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2008, by Friends of UNFPA Board Member, Peggy Elliott Goldwyn, to bring attention to the work of the United Nations Population Fund, which works in more than 150 countries to assure women and girls have access to reproductive health care, education and basic human rights. Stephanie Freid-Perenchio, also a Board Member of Friends of UNFPA, became Co-Chair of the Festival in 2012.
Don’t miss the chance to take in some powerful films, to hear some illuminating presentations, and to be a part of the family.
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