We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our community for its incredible support of our 10th anniversary. Audiences for all of our events were record-breaking, and so many reported how inspired they were, not only by the remarkable women who were the subjects of our films, but also by the two young men from Zimbabwe and Pakistan who spoke at our donor breakfasts, who are working toward achieving equality for women and girls in their countries. We are also grateful we had a unique opportunity to hear from Sarah Costa, Executive Director of the Women’s Refugee Commission, who vividly led us through the perilous journey refugee women must take to seek safety. Even in these troubling times, our guests from around the world gave us hope for the future.
Co-Director, Stephanie Freid-Perenchio steps down.
The Family of Woman Film Festival was founded in 2008 by Peggy Elliott Goldwyn in support of the work of the United Nations Population Fund, the leading world agency supporting reproduce healthcare and women’s rights. After being a supporter of The Festival from its inception, Stephanie Freid-Perenchio became Co-Director of The Family of Woman Film Festival in 2012.
“Ten years ago, The Family of Woman Film Festival set out to be a part of a movement to recognize the disparity of the status of women around the world and to push for change,” Freid-Perenchio stated. “Together, we have raised awareness of critical issues, challenged our comfort zones and been able to speak in a loud, unified voice in a call to action on global and local issues.
“I am honored, I am moved, and I am humbled by the incredible support our community, friends and family have given to Peggy Goldwyn and me. The Family of Woman Film Festival has been very close to my heart, and I will continue to enthusiastically support it. However, our 10th Anniversary this year was my last year in a leadership position. When I became Co-Director, my goal was to help grow this unique grass roots film festival through raising more money for women’s causes, engaging more friends, family and community than past years, and welcoming the next generation to The Family of Woman community.”
“With Stephanie’s remarkable leadership and determination, we have been able to accomplish all her goals,” Peggy Elliott Goldwyn added. ” I am so proud of the POV breakfast series that she initiated, which has enabled us the opportunity to bring amazing men and women to the valley from around the world to discuss timely global issues. Today, our speakers represent a broad range of non-profit organizations working to improve the lives, not only of women and girls, but all of us. Stephanie also made our move to The Sun Valley Opera House possible, where we have been able to serve a larger audience and bring more filmmakers and film subjects to our community.
“Stephanie’s accomplishments and reputation as a photographer have continued to grow over these years, as well as her humanitarian obligations. While I am personally saddened to not have the privilege to continue to work with her on a day-to-day basis, I recognize it is time to refocus her time and energies. I am honored that she will continue to serve as a Member of The Advisory Board of The Family of Woman Film Festival and am so grateful for her pledge of continuing support.”
Freid-Perenchio’s documentary photography has appeared in Newsweek, Time Magazine, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, and NPR’s website.
As creator, photographer, and co-author of the book SEAL: The Unspoken Sacrifice, in 2009, Stephanie earned the trust of U.S. NAVY SEALs and their families to achieve an extraordinary level of intimacy and insight into a world normally cloaked in secrecy and masculinity. In 2014, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago invited Stephanie to exhibit her SEAL photographs in the first-ever US Navy SEAL photography exhibition.
Committed to humanitarian causes, Freid-Perenchio has traveled from Afghanistan and North Korea to Haiti, Cuba, and many countries in Africa, resulting in such photographic exhibits as 72 Hours Kabul, North Korea: On the Ground in the Hermit Kingdom, and Homefront, USA.
Stephanie also documents endangered wildlife such as the elephants of Africa who are nearing extinction due to the illegal ivory trade. She has created scarves featuring her elephant photography to promote awareness of this critical issue.
Stephanie’s interest in advancing global awareness and justice led to the founding of two Sun Valley-based think tanks: the Sun Valley Global Affairs Forum on International Policy and Women Under the Radar. She also serves on a number of national and international boards and advisory committees.
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