This year at the Women’s International Film Festival San Diego 10 films directed by women will be screened.
1.) Different Flowers – Directed by Morgan Dameron
A dramedy about finding yourself in the middle of nowhere.
Full of girl power, kooky characters, and real heart, Different Flowers is an independent dramedy feature film written and directed by Morgan Dameron. Millie and Emma are sisters with a rocky relationship who bring out the best and worst in each other. When Emma helps Millie run out on her big Kansas City wedding, they embark on an adventure neither could have anticipated.
2.) The Things We Do They Don’t Understand – Directed by Ashley Michel Hoban
A short film about a girl who wakes up after a one-night stand, and finds herself alone in the man’s apartment — with his mother. Who only speaks Spanish. The two women have an awkward and sometimes emotional breakfast together, while trying to find a way to communicate with each other, both verbally and emotionally.
3.) The Vanished – Directed by Kate Rees Davies
This is a story about two men from very different cultures and the parallel struggles they endure. A chance meeting forms a common bond, and even though they can’t speak the same language, they have more in common than they think.
4.) Juliet Remembered – Directed by Tamzin Merchant
A short film about a former actress who has moved into a carehome after the death of her husband. She struggles to remember day-to-day things and can’t even recognize her son, but can remember every word of her most famous role: Shakespeare’s Juliet.
5.) Lucy in My Eyes – Directed by Megan Park
Having lost her father to suicide in college, Lucy has a dream on the eve of her wedding where she reconnects with herself at age six. Given a window to ‘change’ her history, she comes to some poignant realizations about herself and her past.
6.) I am Jane Doe – Directed by Mary Mazzio
I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain, directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, and produced by Mazzio along with Academy Award-nominee, Alec Sokolow, the documentary reveals how, after rescuing their daughters, these mothers filed lawsuits against Backpage. Although many of the lawsuits have not gone well, their efforts have sparked a political movement that now includes a Senate investigation.
7.) Parthian – Directed by Zahra Dowlatabadi
Parthian captures a small slice of what life was like in Iran during the late 60s and 70s, drawn on the shared memories of parents and students from a bilingual school by the same name. Nestled in the hills of Darakeh, the Parthian school was unique in its offering of full curriculums in both English and Persian. The school founders were focused on raising acculturated students with a strong advocacy towards community service.
As the 1979 revolution took place, the villagers of Darakeh were no longer tolerant of the school and pressed hard to shut it down. These personal stories illustrate how a generation of Iranians went from being scattered all over the world, lost in exile, to finding closure and forming a global community.
8.) Five Awake – Directed by Donna Dees and Susan Willis
Five Louisiana women — outraged over husbands shooting their wives — set out to strengthen domestic violence laws, including a controversial proposal to restrict the gun rights of domestic abusers. In Louisiana, this was considered lunacy. Not the part about armed abusers. The part about wanting to disarm them. This is the story of what happens when women, armed with passion, pluck and political savvy, wake up and refuse to take no for an answer.
9.) The Peace Agency – Directed by Sue Useem
Lian Gogali and her 600 female students are a force to be reckoned with 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.
But five years ago, Lian was just a single mother living in rural Poso with a broken leg and a big dream to educate marginalized women. The Peace Agency follows her remarkable journey from her village to New York City to create The Women’s School, an institution that transforms its all-female class into agents of peace and non-violence grassroots activism that has altered the course of the conflict in Poso, and possibly the future of Indonesia.
10.) Alive and Kicking – Directed by Susan Glatzer
Alive and Kicking is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of swing dancing and the characters who make it special. We explore the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. Alive and Kicking looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy.
Don’t miss your chance to see any of these incredible films made by women filmmakers. All ten of the movies will be screened this weekend at the Women’s International Film Festival San Diego. Purchase tickets here