Monday, Feb. 27 – Wednesday March 1

Virtual Reality Brings the Life of Refugee Women and Girls to the Family Of Woman Film Festival

The Community Library

Monday, February 27:  10 AM to 12:30 PM

Tuesday, February 28:  2:30 PM to 5 PM

Wednesday, March 1:  10 AM to 12:30 PM

*Free to the public

Worldwide, 500 women die daily in crisis situations due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. That figure is just a number until you meet the women at risk of becoming a part of those statistics. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) created a short virtual reality film in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Born into Exile traces the story of two women – both pregnant and due to deliver. >>more

Motherland Afghanistan

Monday, February 27

Filmmaker Retrospective “Motherland Afghanistan”

6 PM The Community Library

*Free to the public

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. >>more

Sarah Costa
Sarah Costa

Tuesday, February 28

Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the Health and Dignity of Women

6:30 PM, The nexStage Theatre, Ketchum

*Free to the public

Sarah Costa has spent over 25 years in the fields of women’s rights, reproductive health care, gender and youth development and global philanthropy. Throughout her career she has worked with those closest to the issues, from government leaders to village women’s organizations. >> more

The Apology

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.

Friday, March 3

“The Eagle Huntress”

7 PM – Sun Valley Opera House

With 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.

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.

“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.

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.