Dear Friends,

Thanks to a tremendous outpouring of support, our 10th Anniversary in 2017 presented more films, drew larger audiences and raised more funds for our beneficiary, Women Deliver, than ever before in our history! A large part of the credit for this success was due to the efforts of my Co-Director, Stephanie Freid-Perenchio, whose vision and vibrancy these past five years have enabled us to reach a higher level in promoting the campaign for the health and dignity of women everywhere.

Stephanie has decided to step down in order to spend more time with her family and her photography career, where she has gained international recognition. It is a bittersweet moment for me, but I am grateful she will continue to serve on our Advisory Board.

In the past year, the world has grown more perilous for women and girls’ access to basic human rights, particularly for those who are the subjects of our theme for 2018, “Women on the Margins.” From February 26 to March 4, we will present 3 feature dramas and 3 feature documentaries from South Korea, Kurdistan, Sweden, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba and Syria. The heroic women in these films, both fictional and facing obstacles in real life, are marginalized by their age, their status as minorities, their handicaps, their lives under siege in war; but in spite of all they must face, their stories are both compelling and uplifting – even joyous.

We hope you will join us as we continue to honor the dreams and determination of women around the world, and celebrate our community’s continuing commitment to achieving equality and opportunity for all.

Peggy Elliott Goldwyn
Founder, Family Of Woman Film Festival

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