The Women’s Film Festival San Diego, in partnership with Women In Entertainment and ArcLight Cinemas, is proud to present the first WFFSD Summer Film Series.
The series will be three weeks and will showcase women directed documentaries followed by filmmaker Q&A sessions at ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla.
The Women’s Film Festival is held annually in the spring, but do to the overwhelming number of submission this season the Festival has expanded to the summer. “With over 200 submissions there was no way we could have fit all our favorite films into one weekend,” explains Diane Peabody Straw, Executive Director of the Women’s Museum of California, “We are excited to be able to expand our festival and showcase the amazing talent of women filmmakers who are underrepresented in their industry.”
Between 2007 and 2017 women represented 4% of the top-grossing film directors, The Women’s Film Festival San Diego strives to close the gender gap in filmmaking by showcasing women directed films from around the world. The three women directed documentaries included in the summer series this year challenge the audience to rethink women’s role in history, society, and body image.
Fattitude, directed by Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman takes a look at how fat people are ridiculed and shamed in popular culture. The film calls to action a change in the national conversation about body image so that it focuses on not only issues of self-acceptance, but also legitimate questions of systemic prejudice—for example, the relationship between race, poverty, and obesity. (July 11, 2018 at 7:30pm)
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/130980360″>Fattitude Trailer 2018</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/fattitudethemovie”>Fattitude the Movie</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Angels in Our Midst, directed by Robin Massee is a World War II documentary that gives voice to the memories of American WWII nurses of D-Day and beyond. Angels In Our Midst features interviews with the courageous women who selflessly helped so many and were crucial in helping win the war. (July 18, 2018 at 7:30pm)
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/232506012″>"Angels in Our Midst" Promo 9/4/17</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user70758704″>Robin Massee</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
The Ito Sisters: An American Story, directed by Antonia Grace Glenn is the story of three Japanese American sisters in their 80’s and 90’s recount how their immigrant parents struggled to make a life in America at the beginning of the 20th century. The family’s chronicle is set against the backdrop of the Anti-Japanese Movement in California culminated in the forced removal and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans. (July 25, 2018 at 7:30pm)
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/248347679″>The Ito Sisters : An American Story // DOCUMENTARY TRAILER</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user57133755″>Antonia Glenn</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>