Films Synposes & Trailers

32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide

32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide

2017 Hope Litoff 85 minutes US

After struggling with mental illness for most of her life, New York artist Ruth Litoff committed suicide at age 42 in 2008 by overdosing on prescription pills. Six years later, her younger sister, Hope Litoff, decides to film herself while she empties a packed-to-the-brim storage unit filled with Ruth’s belongings, driven by the need to understand Ruth’s illness and desire to end her life – but as she pores through the items her sister left behind, she must exorcise the demons that threaten her sobriety.

Watch the trailer
A Suitable Girl

A Suitable Girl

2017 Smriti Mundhra & Sarita Khurana 94 minutes India Documentary Subtitled

A Suitable Girl follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. The film examines the women’s complex relationship with marriage, family, and society.

Watch the trailer
A Thousand Mothers

A Thousand Mothers

2017 LKim Shelton 39 minutes Myanmar Short Doc Subtitled

An unprecedented look into the lives of Buddhist nuns,ranging in age from seven to seventy, in Sagaing, Myanmar. While the choices available to girls and women in Myanmar are quite limited, the film poetically unfolds to reveal unexpected opportunity and beauty as young orphans find a refuge, an education, and a healthy environment with older nuns who have dedicated their lives to service with the wit and wisdom required to live outside the pull of their rapidly modernizing culture.

Watch the trailer
Amma: A Song of Motherhood

Amma: A Song of Motherhood

2017 Yadu Aritra 4 minutes India Short Subtitled

How complicated are the ties that bond between a mother and a child. The story unravels a day into the lives of three women.

Watch the trailer
And Nothing Happened

And Nothing Happened

2016 Naima Ramos-Chapman 16 minutes US Short Drama

After an assault, a young woman juggles between the mundane and the extraordinary in an attempt to leave her NYC apartment.

Watch the trailer
August in the City

August in the City

2017 Christie Conochalla 16 minutes US Short Drama

A film set to the theme of love and loss. Two women find themselves completely drawn to each other but one fears the consequences from society in 1978.

Watch the trailer
Big Sonia

Big Sonia

2016 Leah Warshawski 93 minutes US

In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned 30+ years. When she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, Big Sonia also offers a laugh-out-loud portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

Watch the trailer
Birthright: A War Story

Birthright: A War Story

2017 Civia Tamarkin 100 minutes US Documentary

A documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.

This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”

 

Watch the trailer
Count

Count

2016 Clare Unsworth 3 minutes UK Short

In this vibrant and moving short poetry/film, a diverse of group of women and young women powerfully join together to name and to challenge issues of everyday sexism.

Different Flowers

Different Flowers

2017 Morgan Dameron 99 minutes US Drama/Comedy

On the day of her big Midwestern wedding, Millie, a persnickety bride, jilts her fiance at the altar with the help of her spunky younger sister, Emma, and embarks on a life-changing adventure.

Watch the trailer
Dive/Salta

Dive/Salta

2017 Marianne Amelinckz 13 minutes Venezuela Short Drama Subtitled

Julia goes back to the pool and remembers that, sometimes, life challenges ourselves to keep going and make decisions.

Watch the trailer
Flora

Flora

2016 Alexandrina Andre 10 minutes US Short

Flora, a transgender woman, is exposed to prejudice when she uses the women’s bathroom for the first time during a visit to a small café.

Fry Day

Fry Day

2017 Laura Moss 16 minutes US Short

A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Ted Bundy’s execution in 1989.

Watch the trailer
Girl Unbound(Unveiled)

Girl Unbound(Unveiled)

2017 Erin Heidenreich 80 minutes Pakistan Documentary Subtitled

In Waziristan, “one of the most dangerous places on earth”, Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban – disguising herself as a boy, so she can play sports freely. But when she becomes a rising star, her true identity is revealed, bringing constant death threats on her and her family. Undeterred, they continue to rebel for their freedom.

Watch the trailer
Hobbyhorse Revolution

Hobbyhorse Revolution

2017 Selma Vilhunen 88 minutes Finland Documentary Subtitled

A funny and moving film about teenage girls with growing pains, who discover their own voice and talent through riding and grooming hobbyhorses.

Watch the trailer
House of Teeth

House of Teeth

2016 Susanna Styron 22 minutes US Short Drama

A fictional narrative in which the lead character, a recently divorced woman in midlife, sets out to find her bearings—and her mojo—as she discovers the challenges and surprises of life beyond marriage.

Watch the trailer
Hux

Hux

2016 Mageina Tovah 12 minutes US Short Drama/Science Fiction

 A young woman struggling with the isolation of autism, suddenly finds herself truly alone when civilization comes to an end, or does she?

Watch the trailer
It’s Criminal

It’s Criminal

2017 Signe Taylor 77 minutes US Documentary

Highlighting the economic and social inequities that divide the United States and offering a vision of how separated communities can learn to speak to each other, It’s Criminal shares the life-changing journeys of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play.  It’s a transformational movie that delves into privilege, poverty and injustice and asks viewers to think about who is in prison and why.

Watch the trailer
Jesszilla

Jesszilla

2017 Emily Sheskin 7 minutes US Short Doc

Jesselyn “JessZilla” Silva is serious about boxing, and at 10 years old trains seriously with dreams of becoming a professional fighter. Her father, Pedro, finds himself caught in between supporting her dream and worrying about her future in boxing.

Watch the trailer
La Chana

La Chana

2017 Lucija Stojevic 86 minutes Spain Documentary Subtitled

The film brings us under the skin and into the mind of La Chana, a talented Gypsy flamenco dancer as she returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30-year break. Along the way, La Chana reveals the secret behind her disappearance when she was at the peak of her career.

Watch the trailer
La Cocinera

La Cocinera

2017 Emily Harrold 11 minutes US Short Doc

Director Emily Harrold captures the suspense and pressure facing Daniela Soto-Innes, a 25-year old James Beard Award-winning chef tasked with running one of the hottest kitchens in New York City.

Lane 1974

Lane 1974

2017 SJ Chiro 80 minutes US Drama

Based on a true story, Lane is a 13-year-old girl coming of age on a Northern California commune in the 1970s. While Lane enjoys the freedom of living off-the-grid with her mother and younger siblings, she craves a stable “normal” life – a life she’s only seen in pictures from a stolen Sears catalog. Lane must navigate her troubled mother, Hallelujah, while trying to care for her younger brother and sister. After a series of dangerous and isolating events, Lane decides to forge her own path in hopes of finding a better life after it becomes clear her family has fallen apart.

Watch the trailer
Left On Pearl

Left On Pearl

2017 Susie Rivo 55 minutes US Documentary

OPENING NIGHT FILM – An inspiring documentary about a highly significant but little-known event in the history of the women’s liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women. The ten-day occupation  by women demanding a Women’s Center and low income housing for the community in which the building stood, embodied within it many of the hopes, triumphs, conflicts and tensions of Second Wave feminism. One of the few such takeovers by women for women, this action was led directly to the establishment of the longest continuously operating Women’s Center in the U.S.

 

Watch the trailer
Light of the Moon

Light of the Moon

2017 Jessica Thompson 90 minutes US Drama

After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life. Light of the Moon is a portrayal of one woman’s process during the six weeks following a sexual assault.

Watch the trailer
Little Stones

Little Stones

2016 Sophia Kruz 87 minutes US Documentary

An award-winning documentary that unites the personal narratives of four women around the world using art to create positive change in their communities. From a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence in the favelas of Brazil to a dancer rehabilitating sex-trafficking survivors in India, each of these women is contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women’s movement through their art.

Watch the trailer
Losing Sight of Shore

Losing Sight of Shore

2017 Sarah Moshman 92 minutes Australia/US Documentary

Four women set out to row across the Pacific Ocean, from America to Australia. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they must overcome extreme mental and physical challenges to make history.

Watch the trailer
Lucy in My Eyes

Lucy in My Eyes

2016 Megan Park 12 minutes US Short Drama

On the eve of her wedding, Lucy has a conversation with her six year old self.

Watch the trailer
Mrs Sommerville’s Monument

Mrs Sommerville’s Monument

2017 Rebecca Hurwitz and Liz Liste 7 minutes UK Short Animated

Mrs Mary Somerville, the Queen of Nineteenth Century Science, is writing another book and this time it’s about science Nobel Prize winners. A lot of information comes her way, and not all of it seems relevant. But when some of that unwanted information starts to reveal another story, Mary takes decisive action.

MUM

MUM

2017 Anne Marie O'Connor 14 minutes UK Short Drama

Kate, a transgender woman, is heading off to visit her mum. It has been a long time since she has seen her but she is determined that today is going to be a nice day. When she arrives she realizes that her mother is gravely ill and that her stepfather has omitted to tell her what is happening.

 

Watch the trailer
Out Again

Out Again

2016 Robin Cloud 10 minutes US Short Drama

Cat visits her parents for the weekend and is confronted with her mother’s inability to remember one key detail.

Porcupine Lake

Porcupine Lake

2017 Ingrid Veninger 85 minutes Canada Drama

Porcupine Lake is a story of bravery and the secret life of girls set in Northern Ontario during a hot and hazy summertime when adulthood has not yet arrived, but childhood is quickly vanishing.

 

Watch the trailer
Post-Apocalyptic Potluck

Post-Apocalyptic Potluck

2017 Guinevere Turner 12 minutes US Short Comedy

Three friends gather for a potluck just as the world falls into apocalyptic ruin.

Watch the trailer
Run Mama, Run

Run Mama, Run

2017 Daniele Anastasion 33 minutes US Short Documentary

After the best track season of her career, elite runner Sarah Brown became pregnant unexpectedly when her IUD failed. RUN MAMA RUN follows Brown as she trains through her pregnancy to compete in the Olympic trials — only 14 weeks after giving birth

Watch the trailer
Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing

2016 Cady McClain 60 minutes US Documentary

There is nothing worse than to discover your calling only to find out that society doesn’t think you should be doing it because you are a woman. A documentary about working women directors and how they overcome obstacles.

Watch the trailer
Seventeen

Seventeen

2017 Monja Art 104 minutes Austria Drama Subtitled

Paula, 17, is secretly in love with her girlfriend Charlotte, but Charlotte’s going out with Michael. Lovelorn, Paula decides to try and take her mind of things by getting involved with schoolmate Tim, whose feelings for her are at least genuine. Paula must decide if she wants to follow her own feelings or yield to other people’s.

Watch the trailer
Shhh!

Shhh!

2017 Clare Unsworth 4 minutes UK Short

A poetry film about the systematic silencing of women – and about resistance to that silencing. The poem was written out of a passion to challenge the invisibility of the many ways women are silenced.

Signature Move

Signature Move

2017 Jennifer Reeder 82 minutes India Drama/Romance/Comedy
Zaynab, a thirty-something Muslim lesbian in Chicago, takes care of her TV-obsessed mother. When she falls in love with a wrestler named Alma, she is forced to confront her relationship with her mother who is intent on finding Zaynab a husband.
Watch the trailer
Submarine

Submarine

2017 Mounia Akl 21 minutes Lebanon Short Drama Subtitled

Set at the backdrop of Lebanon’s current garbage crisis and its sociopolitical context, Submarine takes a look at those who find themselves forced to leave their home, and everything it represents.

Watch the trailer
The Divine Order

The Divine Order

2017 Petra Volpe 96 minutes Switzerland Drama/Comedy Subtitled

A young housewife challenges the status quo by fighting for women’s suffrage in 1971 Switzerland.In 1971, a young housewife organizes the women of her town to petition for the right to vote.

Watch the trailer
The Founders

The Founders

2016 Carrie Schrader/Charlene Fisk 85 minutes US Documentary

They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed call the shots. But, they did.

Watch the trailer
The Judge

The Judge

2017 Erika Cohn 76 minutes Palestine Documentary Subtitled

In Palestine’s West Bank, Kholoud Al-Faqih is the first woman judge appointed to any of the Middle East’s Shari’a courts. In this courtroom drama, we witness how she applies the law, sometimes with a different emphasis than her male colleagues. We also see the resistance she faces, along with her male counterpart, a progressive Sheik. Al Faqih is a charming figure who marshals her savvy and determination to navigate a world full of obstacles.

Watch the trailer
The Other Side of Everything

The Other Side of Everything

2017 Mila Turajlic 100 minutes Serbia/US Documentary Subtitled

A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from their past for over 70 years. As the filmmaker begins an intimate conversation with her mother, the political fault line running through their home reveals a house and a country haunted by history. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future. Winner of the IDFA Best Documentary, The Other Side of Everything is an incredibly timely film.

Watch the trailer
The Peace Agency

The Peace Agency

2017 Sue Useem 92 minutes Indonesia Documentary Subtitled

Lian Gogali and her 500 female students are a force to be reckoned with in the conflict torn area of Poso, Indonesia. They are part of a powerful and successful movement for peace and justice in an area that has been racked by inter-religious violence for over a decade.

The Rain Collector

The Rain Collector

2016 Isabella Wing-Davey 12 minutes OK Short Drama

A film about the women who confounded ideas of what was appropriate or expected, and got involved in science in Victorian England. This is the story of Vanessa Kentworth and the rain.

Watch the trailer
The Rape of Recy Taylor

The Rape of Recy Taylor

2017 Nancy Buirski 91 minutes US Documentary

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.  This film exposes the legacy of physical abuse inflicted upon black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing fight for justice for countless women like Taylor.

Watch the trailer
The Women’s Balcony

The Women’s Balcony

2017 Shlomit Nehama 95 minutes Israel Dramedy Subtitled

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.

Watch the trailer
Toys

Toys

2017 Amanda Quaid 3 minutes US Short Animated

A father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. When he tries to toughen up his daughter by giving her toys intended for boys, his efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort.

Voila, Franca

Voila, Franca

2017 Marta Savina 15 minutes Italy Short Drama Subtitled

It’s Sicily in 1965, and Franca is forced to marry her rapist to avoid becoming a pariah in her traditionalist community, but she rebels against the established custom and sets a precedent that alters the course of Italian history, paving the way for women’s rights.

Watch the trailer
Waiting for Hassana

Waiting for Hassana

2017 Ifunanya “Funa” Maduka 10 minutes Nigeria Short Documentary Subtitled

In 2014, 276 teenage girls came together for exams in Chibok, Nigeria—by dawn, nearly all had disappeared, and their school was burned to the ground. Jessica, an escapee, shares her haunting account of a friendship violently interrupted by Boko Haram.

Watch the trailer
Win By Fall

Win By Fall

2016 Anna Koch 81 minutes Germany Documentary Subtitled

Janny, Lisa, Debby and Michelle are 12 years old when they leave home. The “Elite School of Sport” at Frankfurt/Oder, a boarding school in East German tradition is where they move to. They grow up in a strict corset of training schedules, weight classes and pressure to perform. Being wrestlers, they all dream of a championship title, though off the mat, each girl fights her very own battle:

Watch the trailer
Window Horses

Window Horses

2016 Ann Marie Fleming 86 minutes Canada Animated

Rosie Ming (voiced by Sandra Oh – Grey’s Anatomy, Sideways), a young Canadian poet, who has never been anywhere on her own,  is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Iran, but she’d rather go to Paris. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past. The film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious. Staying open. And finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.

Watch the trailer
Woman of a Certain Age

Woman of a Certain Age

2017 Amanda Cowper, Kate Dearing, Sami Kriegstein 9 minutes US Short Drama

Kate confronts the daily challenges of being an adult, she is spontaneously visited by versions of herself at different ages – each offering their “best” advice. Like “A Christmas Carol” but without the pesky morals, Woman of a Certain Age explores what happens when we actually listen to the voices in our head.

 

Watch the trailer
Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber

Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber

2017 Svetlana Cvetko 6 minutes US Animated Short

In 1916, the highest paid silent film director at Universal Studios was a woman named Lois Weber. Yet today, she is virtually unknown. Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber examines the achievements of this incredible woman, as told through the eyes of a young magazine photographer hoping to impress her.

Watch the trailer

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+.