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Events

Family of Women Film Festival Celebrates 10th Year

Now celebrating its 10th year, this is undoubtedly one of the most important years for the Family of Women Film Festival. That’s because the film festival is, ultimately, about hope, especially for women and girls and, in many ways, we’ve never needed hope more than now.

The Future of Women Film Festival (FOWFF) was founded in Sun Valley in 2008 to help raise awareness about the United Nations Population Fund. The Fund works around the globe to ensure that woman and girls have access to reproductive health care, education and basic human rights. The film festival is a non-profit organization, with the net proceeds from the festival going to Women Deliver, which is a leading global advocate for girls and women’s health, rights and wellbeing. The idea behind Women Deliver is rather simple, wise and hopeful. It’s that “when the world invests in girls and women, everybody wins. “

That plays well with the theme for this year’s FOWFF: “Celebrating Women Who Inspire Change.”

Sarah Costa of the international Women’s Refugee Commission will give the annual keynote address, the Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the Health and Dignity of Women, which is free and takes place on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30pm at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.

Here’s a rundown of the five films and a “Special Sneak Preview” featured in this year’s Future of Women Film Festival. 

Motherland Afghanistan
Monday, February 27
6pm at The Community Library
Free to the public

Filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi presented her film at the first Family of Woman Film Festival. To celebrate the festival’s 10th year, Mojadidi returns to share her documentary and present clips from a film she recently completed in Afghanistan about the status of women today.

Motherland Afghanistan was filmed in 2006, when Mojadidi accompanied her Obstetrican/Gynegologist father back to their homeland for the first time since their family fled when she was a child.  Her father was appalled to find that women had little access to adequate health care and Mojadidi filmed his battle against one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. The film is suitable for all ages.

The Apology
A Special Sneak Preview
Thursday, March 2nd
7pm at the Sun Valley Opera House

Filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung will share a Sneak Preview of his documentary, The Apology, which follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women.” The three women were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. This film is suitable for high school students and older.

The Eagle Huntress
Friday, March 3rd
7pm at the Sun Valley Opera House

This inspiring film follows Aisholopan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. Taking place amongst the breathtaking backdrop of the Mongolian steppe country, Aisholopan tries for the pinnacle of a tradition that has historically been handed down from father to son for centuries. This film is suitable for all ages.

“No Le Digas a Nadie” (Don’t Tell Anyone)
Saturday, March 4th
2pm at the Sun Valley Opera House

Angy Rivera is an aspiring college student who has been brought to the U.S. as a child by her undocumented mother. The film follows her struggles to go to college without access to financial aid. While her siblings were born in America, Angy was not and her story leads to the front page of The New York Times and helps inspire her mother, Maria, along the way. Director Mikaela Shwer will be present along with the film’s subject, Angy Rivera. The film is suitable for high school students and older.

Motley’s Law
Saturday, March 4th
7pm at the Sun Valley Opera House

An incredible true story, “Motley’s Law” follows Kimberley Motley—and audacious, tough-as-nails African-American former beauty queen and mother—who is the first and only Western litigation lawyer in Kabul, Afghanistan. Amidst dangerous circumstances and threats of her own life, Motley must also meet the needs of her family a world away, back home in America. The film’s subject, Kimberley Motley, will be present for the festival. This film is suitable for high school students and older.

Sonita
Sunday, March 5th
2pm at the Sun Valley Opera House

Sonita Alizadeh is an undocumented Afghan, an illegal immigrant teenager living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. But she’s also an artist, a singer and a musician. When her family decides she must marry, Sonita creates a rap video railing against forced marriage.  The documentary follows Sonita and the massive fame the video provides her. The film’s subject, Sonita Alizadeh, as well as Aimee Oberndorfer Le, Advocacy Director of The Strongheart Group, will be present. This film is suitable for middle school students and older.


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