Before you know it, the hills around Sun Valley will once again be alive with the sounds of music. The highly anticipated Sun Valley Summer Symphony season returns to the Sun Valley Pavilion (located adjacent to the Sun Valley Lodge) and the lawn beyond on July 24. For three wonderful summertime weeks, the finest musicians in the country will offer free concerts. It is one of the most highly anticipated cultural and social highlights of the year.
Guests and locals alike anticipate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony...
“Women and Their Dreams” is the theme for this year’s 8th annual Family of Woman Film Festival. The week-long FOWFF kicks off on Monday, February 23rd and will once again bring attention to the issues confronting women and girls around the world through compelling cinematic stories.
“Each film we select has exceptional artistic merit, and many have gone on to win major awards, but the main purpose of the festival has always been educational,” said FOWFF co-chair Peggy Elliott Goldwyn. “I’m most proud of the many students who volunteer and intern from all our schools, the free screenings and school appearances of our speakers and filmmakers and the partnerships we have forged with many local organizations.”
Boise State University is one of the festival’s partners and is sponsoring films, with lucky BSU students attending the entire festival.
With the 7th annual FOWFF setting attendance records, the crowds are expected to be strong again this year. So it’s best to get tickets and arrive at events early. The FOWFF has become so well respected that last year, Academy and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker (and Sun Valley resident) Freida Lee Mock thanked the founders for “bringing this unique and global event to Sun Valley.”
Tickets for individual films are $15, and festival passes for all five films are just $60. They can be purchased at Chapter One or Iconoclast bookstores in Ketchum and at the showings at the Sun Valley Opera House. This year’s highlights include:
The FOWFF kicks off with a free event. The Filmmaker Retrospective and screening of “Shame” with Mohammed Naqvi. The compelling narrative of a young Pakistani woman, Mukhtaran Mai, who displays remarkable courage in bringing the men who gang-raped her to justice. Monday, February 23rd 5:30 p.m. The Community Library in Ketchum (FREE).
The 2nd Annual Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the Health and Dignity of Women features speaker Jill Sheffield, the founder of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization working on the goal of reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health. Tuesday, February 24th 6 p.m. at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sun Valley.
A showing of award-winning film “The Supreme Price” with filmmaker Joanna Lipper and the film’s subject Hafsat Aboila. The internationally recognized and lauded film traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Thursday, February 26th 7 p.m.at the Sun Valley Opera House.
A showing of the film “Sepideh” with filmmaker Mona Rafatzadeh, former NASA astronaut Barbara Morgan and private Iranian-American astronaut and one of the film’s subjects, Anousheh Ansari. Friday, February 27th 7 p.m. at the Sun Valley Opera House.
Saturday, February 28th is the biggest day for the FOWFF, with activities going on from morning until night:
FREE matinee of short films “Kicking Machismo” from Brazil and “Fists of Fury” from India with international investigative film journalist, Reed Lindsay, who grew up in Ketchum.11 a.m. at the Sun Valley Opera House.
A showing of “Light Fly, Fly High” with Reed Lindsay leading the discussion. This remarkably intimate, India-made documentary takes a close look at the phenomenon of girls in conservative societies turning to sports for self-fulfillment. 3 p.m. at the Sun Valley Opera House.
A showing of “#chicagoGirl” with filmmaker Joe Piscatella and the film’s subject, Ala’a Basatneh. The film chronicles how Ala’a, a 19-year-old American girl in Chicago, coordinates protests in Syria. 7 p.m. at the Sun Valley Opera House.
A showing of “Pakistan’s Hidden Shame” with filmmaker Mohammad Naqvi. Commissioned by the BBC, this feature documentary reveals the plight of Peshawar’s street children, most of whom are believed to have experienced sexual abuse at some stage in their lives Sunday, March 1 1 p.m. at the Sun Valley Opera House.
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