The First Annual Athena Film Festival

Posted by Parrish Tigh on December 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm

The First Annual Athena Film Festival

Just the other day, Barnard College’s First Annual Athena Film Festival announced its narrative and documentary lineup.  These twelve feature films are all directed or produced by women and usually have female leads.

The five narrative films are Desert Flower (based on the novel of the same name), The Mighty Macs, Real Women Have Curves, Vision and Mo. The Athena Film Festival will be the US premiere of Mo.

The seven documentaries are:

Miss Representation which explores the under-representation of women in the media.

Bhutto is a study of the famous Muslim leader in Pakistan who was recently assassinated.

My So-Called Enemy follows six girls who traveled from Palestine and Israel to the US and now must deal with knowing their “enemies” are just as human as they are.

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican is a look at Roman Catholic women who are illegally being ordained as priests as a show of devotion to their religion.

Pink Saris is a stunning look at a female-run Indian street gang, combating violence against women.

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls profiles two lesbian twins who yodel, sing and perform comedy together.

Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch chronicles the vibrant life of activist Charlotte Bunch who leads a campaign to make women’s rights a prominent debate on the global scale.

In the shorts portion of the Festival, several films have their debut.  A Harlem Mother, FAO, Perista, Blind Eye, Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn, The Delian mode, gasp, Growing Up Barnard, Audrey Superhero, Bismillah, Poster Girl, and The Lost Girl will all be playing at the Festival.

The Athens Film Festival takes place at the Morningside campus of Barnard College in New York City on February 1013, 2011.  For more information, go to www.athenafilmfestival.com.



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