NEW: 2017 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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Monday, February 27

Filmmaker Retrospective “Motherland Afghanistan”

6 PM The Community Library

Filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi returns to present her documentary, which was shown at the first Family of Woman Film Festival in 2008.  In 2006, she 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. Mojadidi will also present clips from a film she has just completed in Afghanistan about the status of women today.

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Thursday, March 2

“The Apology” SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW

7 PM – Sun Valley Opera House

With filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung.  The film follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” from China, Korea and The Philippines, who were kidnapped by the Japanese Army during World War II and forced into sexual slavery.

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Friday, March 3

“The Eagle Huntress”

7 PM – Sun Valley Opera House

With Director Otto Bell and Producer Stacey Reiss.  The film is set against the breathtaking expanses of the Mongolian steppes, as it follows Aisholopan, a 13-year old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, rising to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.

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Saturday, March 4

“No le Digas a Nadie” (Don’t Tell Anyone)

2 PM – Sun Valley Opera House

With director Mikaela Shwer and the film’s subject, Angy Rivera.  An aspiring college student, Angy was brought to the U.S. as a child by her undocumented mother.  As a “Dreamer”, she struggles to go to college as she lives in the shadows of the undocumented with no access to financial aid.  The camera follows her story as she steps out of the shadows to the front page of The New York Times.

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“Motley’s Law”

7 PM – Sun Valley Opera House

With the film’s subject, Kimberley Motley, an audacious, tough-as-nails African-American former beauty queen and mother, who is the first and only Western litigation lawyer in Kabul Afghanistan.

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Sunday, March 5

“Sonita”

2 PM – Sun Valley Opera House

With the film’s subject, Sonita Alizadeh, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant teenager living in the poor suburbs of Tehran, Iran.  She’s also an artist, singer and musician.  When her family decides she must marry, she creates a video rap against forced marriage that brings her fame, notoriety and the chance to start a new life.

About the Festival

The Family of Woman Film Festival was established in 2008 to raise awareness of the work of The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the leading global agency working to ensure that all women and girls have access to reproductive health care, education, and basic human rights. Five feature length documentaries and dramas from around the world are presented each year, focusing on the status of women in different cultures. Past Festival themes have focused on critical international issues, such as the effects of war on women and the role of women in the Arab Spring movement. Throughout the Festival week, filmmakers of award-winning films, the subjects of these films, and international speakers, engage with the community through free public lectures and programs at local schools. In 2015, the Festival launched a new partnership with Women Deliver, an international advocacy organization for women and girls’ health, rights and wellbeing. Family of Women films have also been presented at a satellite Festival in Chicago, as well as in Boise, through a partnership with Boise State University.>>more