Films Synposes & Trailers

A Good Wife

A Good Wife

2016 Mirjana Karanovic 91 minutes Serbia Feature Drama Subtitled

Milena faces devastating choices – not only has her doctor found a lump in her breast, but she has just come across a videotape that appears to implicate her husband’s military unit in the Balkan War genocide. Is the façade of her comfortable family life about to crumble? The Good Wife explores how a woman long expected to be the caretaker of everyone around her must grapple with knowledge that compels her to take care of herself.

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A Light Beneath Their Feet

A Light Beneath Their Feet

2016 Valerie Weiss 90 minutes US Feature Drama

 

A high school senior must choose between enrolling at the college of her dreams and remaining at home to take care of her bipolar mother.

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A Revolution in Four Seasons

A Revolution in Four Seasons

2016 Jessie Deeter 90 minutes Tunisia Documentary Subtitled

The story of two women with opposing political views fighting for their different versions of a democratic future for Tunisia, the country that sparked the Arab Spring. On a public level, both women must navigate how females are treated in their society, while in their own homes they must make difficult choices to balance their public political roles with marriage and motherhood.

 

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A Woman, A Part

A Woman, A Part

2016 Elisabeth Subrin 97 minutes US Feature Drama

An exhausted, workaholic actress abruptly extricates herself from a successful but mind-numbing TV role, returning to her past life in New York to reinvent herself. But despite the desire for transformation, she cannot find herself outside of her career. When an upsetting personal betrayal unexpectedly leads to the role of her life, she must confront the reality of her past relationships in order to clear a path forward.

 

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Absences

Absences

2016 Tatiana Huezo 22 minutes Mexico/El Salvador Documentary Subtitled

Exposes the ever-intensifying phenomenon of enforced disappearance in Mexico. A boy and his father disappear one morning, snatched off the road by armed men. Left behind, alone with her daughter, Lulu, a victim who refuses to give in, decides to tell the story: the unfillable void, the absence of loved ones, the unanswered questions and the suffocating silence. This hauntingly beautiful short film illuminates the way disappearance affects women, and broadens our awareness on disappearance and its social consequences in Mexico and Central America.

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American Fable

American Fable

2016 Anne Hamilton 96 minutes US Feature Fantasy

AMERICAN FABLE is a fairytale thriller set in the 1980s rural Midwest about a courageous girl living in a dark and magical world. When 11-year-old Gitty discovers that her beloved father is hiding a wealthy man in her family’s silo in order to save their struggling farm, she is forced to choose between saving the man’s life or protecting her family from the consequences of their actions.

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AWOL

AWOL

2016 Deb Shoval 82 minutes US Feature Drama

An adrift young woman in rural Pennsylvania unexpectedly falls in love with a housewife just after a visit to an Army recruiting center. A visit to an Army recruiting office appears to provide her a path but when she meets and falls in love with a rough and tumble housewife neglected by her long-haul trucker husband, that path diverges in ways that neither woman anticipated. AWOL is a beautiful romantic drama that is both tender and tough in equal measure.

 

Balsa Wood

Balsa Wood

2016 Dominique Lecchi 9 minutes US Short

Balsa Wood is a light-hearted slice of life about two mixed race siblings visiting their extended Filipino family for lunch. It is a bubble of family functions and dysfunctions. The film explores what it is to feel like an outsider within your own family, while recognizing that belonging comes in many different forms.

 

Beat, Beat Heart

Beat, Beat Heart

2016 Luise Brinkmann 86 minutes Germany Feature Romance Subtitled

A playful romantic, waiting for her true love to come back, suddenly has her newly-separated mother move in with her, confronting her with a midlife-crisis-self-discovery & newfangled love concepts.

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Everybody Knows Elizabeth Murray

Everybody Knows Elizabeth Murray

2016 Kristi Zea 60 minutes US Documentary

This tribute to the dynamic artist Elizabeth Murray, an intrinsic figure in New York’s contemporary art landscape from the 1970s until the early 2000s, highlights her struggle to balance personal and family ambition with artistic drive in a male-dominated art world. It also addresses her later battle with cancer, at the peak of her career.

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First Lady of the Revolution

First Lady of the Revolution

2016 Andrea Kalin 71 minutes US Documentary

First Lady of the Revolution is the remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs, a Southern belle who takes a life-altering journey through marriage, civil war and audacious democratic reforms to become the First Lady of Costa Rica.

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Florence Has Left the Building

Florence Has Left the Building

2015 Mirrah Foulkes 13 minutes US Short

Florence is a foul-mouthed resident of a nursing home trying to escape. She gets her chance with the help of a washed-up Elvis impersonator.

Free to Laugh

Free to Laugh

2016 Lara Everly 14 minutes US Short Doc

A documentary that explores the power of comedy after prison.

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Girl From God’s Country:The History of Women in Film

Girl From God’s Country:The History of Women in Film

2016 Karen Day 66 minutes US Documentary

The untold story of the first female independent filmmaker and action-adventure heroine, Nell Shipman who left Hollywood to make her own films in Idaho. She rewrote the rules of filmmaking, with storylines of self-reliant women overcoming physical challenges in the wilderness and often, rescuing the male lead.

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Girls Lost

Girls Lost

2016 Alexandra-Therese Keining 103 minutes Sweden Feature Fantasy Subtitled

Three teenage girls at the bottom of the high school social hierarchy learn what it’s like to walk as boys in this fantasy about gender identity and sexual awakening. It’s a story of how we’ve created gender, and how to know who you are when society is telling you who you should be.

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Have a Baby

Have a Baby

2016 Amanda Micheli 77 minutes US Documentary

HAVEABABY gives a voice to infertility and unveils the class disparity within a topic that is often clouded by judgment and stereotypes. Oscar-nominated director Amanda Micheli’s provocative and suspenseful documentary follows several aspiring parents who desperately want to have a baby but are struggling with infertility and the high cost of treatments. They place themselves in the hands of a fertility clinic that sponsors an annual contest offering a prize of a free round of in-vitro fertilization—with no guarantee of pregnancy.

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Hold On

Hold On

2016 Charlotte Scott-Wilson 22 minutes Holland Subtitled

A young cellist has to overcome her fears in order to keep her position in an orchestra.

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Hooligan Sparrow

Hooligan Sparrow

2016 Nanfu Wang 91 minutes China Documentary Subtitled

State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Human rights activist Ye Haiyan, AKA Sparrow, knew she faced these risks when she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. But the scale and intensity of the government’s reaction surprised even the most seasoned activists across China. The film follows Sparrow as she is chased from town to town by local governments, national secret police, and even her own neighbors.

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If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy

If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy

2014 Mea Dols de Jong 25 minutes Netherlands Subtitled

‘If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy’ explores the parent-child relationship when the child has flown the nest. Who is it that actually suffers from empty nest syndrome?

Jewel’s Catch One

Jewel’s Catch One

2016 C. Fitz 90 minutes US Documentary

Jewel’s Catch One’s documents the oldest Black owned disco in America and establishes the legacy of businesswoman, activist, and healer, Jewel Thais-Williams, who stood up against hate and discrimination for 42 years. The story of Jewel and “The Catch” celebrates four decades of music, fashion, celebrity, and activism that helped change the course of our country by breaking down racial, social, and cultural barriers.

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Join the Club

Join the Club

2016 Eva Vives 5 minutes US Short

A writer’s dilemma of whether or not to join a networking club unfolds during one therapy session.

Mabel

Mabel

2016 Teresa McGinnes 20 minutes Canada Short Doc

90-year-old Mabel Robinson has owned her hair salon for over 70 years and she still provides shampoo and sets to a faithful but dwindling clientele. “They’re all dying on me, but I’m still going strong,” she observes with customary wry humor. Mabel weaves animation and archival imagery with intimate interview footage, exploring the power of community and friendship.

Meral

Meral

2015 Süheyla Schwenk 21 minutes Germany Subtitled

Meral, a young paraplegic woman, is bound not only to her bed because of her illness, but also to her traditional family – which she thought she had escaped a long time ago.

Noni & Elizabeth

Noni & Elizabeth

2016 Nanna Blondell 15 minutes Sweden Short Subtitled

Despite the myriad social land mines, two stepsisters navigate fairly seamlessly through the alternate reality inhabited by the adults intended to care for them.

Ovarian Psycos

Ovarian Psycos

2016 Joanna Sokolowski/Kate Trumbull-LaValle 72 minutes US Documentary

Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. The film Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ova’s, exploring the impact of the group’s activism, born of feminist ideals, Indigenous understanding and an urban/hood mentality, on neighborhood women and communities as they confront injustice, racism, and violence, and take back their streets one ride at a time.

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Pangaea

Pangaea

2016 Olivia Peace 7 minutes US Short

The story of a girl trapped on the roof after Hurricane Katrina. One stunning scene draws a visual parallel between how water separated the continents thousands of years ago with how water separated the girl’s family. In the very last scene, a huge contrast is shown between the lives of people, especially children, who lived through the disaster and people watching the news from the safety of their homes.

Patience, Patience

Patience, Patience

2015 Hadja Lahbib 85 minutes Belgium Documentary Subtitled

In the 1960s, thousands of North Africans came to work in Belgium. Among them were women who had left everything behind to follow their men to an unknown country. “Patience, patience — you’ll get to heaven,” is what these women were repeatedly told to encourage them to put up with their lives without complaining. Fifty years later, seven North African Muslim women are finally starting to taste freedom after decades raising their families behind closed doors. In this heartwarming documentary we follow the women as together, the seven women venture out discovering a whole world they hadn’t previously known.

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Playtime

Playtime

2016 Lina Berger 10 minutes Sweden Short Subtitled

Jackie is 8 years old and wants to play floor hockey with her girlfriends, but the boys claim the space. The teacher says ‘boys will be boys’, but Jackie doesn’t accept this statement and sets out to make change.

Southwest of Salem

Southwest of Salem

2016 Deborah S. Esquenazi 91 minutes US Documentary

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four excavates the nightmarish persecution of four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. The film begins its journey inside a Texas prison, after these women have spent nearly a decade behind bars. As lesbian low income women of color, these women hold intersecting identities that make them the most vulnerable to incarceration and juror bias. The film unravels the interplay of mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor that led to their indictment.

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Staying Sally

Staying Sally

2016 Kristen O’Hare 6 minutes US Short Doc

A documentary told in the words of the director’s Gramma, a 78-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s. It is her life, her stories, and her memories told through a series of interviews held over an eight month period.

 

Terminal

Terminal

2016 Natasha Waugh 10 minutes Ireland Short Drama

A girl and a woman meet in an airport departure gate. Just before they board a plane to Manchester, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment, and the traumatic journey that awaits them.

The Good Breast

The Good Breast

2016 Bernadette Wegenstein 90 minutes US Documentary

Through the intimate stories of breast cancer patients and their surgeons, The Good Breast explores the often opposing desires for individual breast cancer treatment and the cultural roots of the loss of the breast.

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The Honeys and the Bear

The Honeys and the Bear

2016 Veena Rao 3 US Short Doc

Members of the Harlem Honeys and Bears, a synchronized swim team for seniors, describe the freedom of the water.

The Revival: Women and the Word

The Revival: Women and the Word

2016 Sekiya Dorsett 82 minutes US Documentary

THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color. As the group tours the country, the film reveals their aspirations and triumphs, as well as the unique identity challenges they face encompassing gender, race, and sexuality. This is a rarely seen look into a special sisterhood – one where marginalized voices are both heard and respected.

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The Right Bank

The Right Bank

2016 Yvonne Li 12 minutes US Short

A young Chinese lesbian must conquer her fear of rejection and come out to her conservative mother in order to save the relationship with her American girlfriend.

The View from Tall

The View from Tall

2016 Caitlin Parrish, Erica Weiss 87 minutes Feature Drama

Precocious, isolated, and relentlessly bullied by her classmates, Chicagoland high school senior Justine reluctantly begins therapy in the aftermath of a messy public affair with a teacher. After a rocky first few sessions, she forms an unlikely bond with Douglas, her therapist who nurses demons of his own. The View from Tall explores questions of consent and ethics in sexual relationships where there’s a significant power differential and is a story of self-discovery at more than one age.

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Three Women Wait for Death

Three Women Wait for Death

2016 Isabelle Sieb 16 minutes UK Short Comedy

Miranda and her daughters, Hester and Rose, are crammed in a rotting little caravan to be near their Gramps in his final days. They love him but his care bills are mounting and when they discover that he’s hidden his savings.. they could bloody kill him.

Trapped

Trapped

2016 Dawn Porter 90 minutes US Documentary

WHAT REMAINS OF A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE? U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts.

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Under Construction

Under Construction

2015 Rubaiyat Hossain 88 minutes Bangladash Feature Drama Subtitled

Under Construction is about a middle class Muslim woman struggling to find herself in the sprawl of urban Bangladesh. Theatre actress Roya is not interested in motherhood or traditional life so she decides to reconstruct a famous and politically minded play for modern times, reclaiming her identity, her freedom and her sexuality in the process.

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Women Who Kill

Women Who Kill

2016 Ingrid Jungermann 93 minutes US Feature - Dark Comedy/Mystery

Morgan and Jean work well together as true crime podcasters but they didn’t work well, at all, as a couple. However, when Morgan strikes up a new relationship with the mysterious Simone, their shared interest turns into suspicion, paranoia, and fear as Jean suspects Morgan’s new love interest is a murderer.

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WARNING: The films in the Women's Film Festival should generally be considered "for mature audiences only" and are not meant for young children. Please use your own judgment, but we suggest assuming all of the films are at least PG-13+.