UN Women SF Global Voices Film Festival

Event has passed (Sat May 18, 2019 - Sat May 18, 2019)
LucasFilm Premiere Theater
12:00 PM
Film / Television
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Unique Voices. Innovative Stories.
May 18 | Film Screening Session 1 at Lucasfilm (12-2:30 p.m.)May 18 | Film Screening Session 2 at Lucasfilm (3:00-6 p.m.)May 18 | Filmmaker Awards Afterparty at Lyft (6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Catch the world premiere films by some of the most groundbreaking women filmmakers at the UN Women Global Voices Film Festival on May 18th. The festival will showcase 10 new independent films—two feature-length films and eight shorts—produced, written and directed by women. You'll hear fresh voices, innovative story-telling and narratives that explore the diverse and complicated experiences of women from across the world. Best of all, you'll be supporting women filmmakers and raise funds for UN Women's life-changing programs.

Cap off the festival on a high note by joining us at the Filmmaker Awards Afterparty, co-hosted by Saleforce, where you'll mingle with industry insiders, film aficionados and the filmmakers. Honor their bold vision and hear the filmmakers discuss how we can change the representation of gender in film. Dinner and drinks included.

Film Screening Session at Lucasfilm Premier Theater
Session 1- Rhonda Hjort, Deputy Chief Counsel.  Rhonda oversees business and legal affairs for the various Lucasfilm businesses, including production of original live-action and animated content for film and television, ILM visual effects and Skywalker Sound audio post-production, licensed products, and gaming.
Session 2- Athena Portillo, Executive Producer Disney Channel.  Emmy® Award-winner. Athena is an executive producer of the animated adventure series "Star Wars Resistance" on Disney Channel. 

Salesforce Afterparty Keynote Speakers
Kathleen Antonia Tarr, Founder and Executive Producer of the annual Getting Played Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards. She currently serves as Advanced Lecturer for Stanford University’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Writing Specialist for the Public Policy Program
Dr. Caroline Heldman, Research Director for the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media and a professor at Occidental College. Dr. Caroline is a Professor of Politics at Occidental College and the Executive Director of The Representation Project. She is also the Senior Research Advisor for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and works as a survivor advocate and anti-sexual violence activist.

Festival Lineup to be announced soon 

2019 Film Selection
A thousand girls like me
When a 23-year-old Afghan woman, Khatera, confronts the will of her family and the traditions of her country to seek justice for years of sexual abuse from her father, she sheds light on the faulty Afghan judicial system and the women it rarely protects.
Directed by Sahra Mani. Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes
On Her Shoulders
At only twenty-three years old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings. Though it all takes an enormous toll, this once ordinary girl has survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people.
Directed by Alexandria Bombach. Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes 51 seconds
Women, Peace and Power
Between 1990 and 2017, 92% of peace negotiators were men. Women, Peace & Power follows the stories of female activists, politicians, and ordinary citizens in Afghanistan, Liberia, and Northern Ireland as they try to influence peace talks against all odds.
Directed by  Jamie Dobie. Runtime: 23 minutes
Mother, Daughter, Sister
Amae, Thamee, Ama (Mother, Daughter, Sister) gives voice to Kachin and Rohingya women calling for an end to sexual violence in conflict.
Directed by Jeanne Marie Hallacy. Runtime: 28 minutes
This is a movie that speaks in behalf all the raped victims in Brazil and in the world. Let’s not keep in silence. Stop believing that’s the victims fault. The guilty is who attack, the guilty is the aggressor!
Directed by Alexia Maltner. Runtime: 1 minute 12 seconds
AJ Green, a new kid in town, shows up at the high school boys basketball varsity tryouts and instantly makes an impression.  Coach takes notice, and so do the other players, some of whom feel threatened by the new blood. AJ proves himself on the court and clearly has talent, heart, and drive… as well as a big secret. Will AJ make the team once the players and coach discover the truth?
Directed by Jeannie Donohoe. Runtime: 15 minutes
Enforcement Hours
In a climate of xenophobia and confusion, a San Francisco hotline aims to provide limited assistance to a targeted population.
Directed by: Paloma Martinez. Runtime: 13 minutes 4 seconds
The Bicycle Thief
Riding through a children’s wonderland of ice cream parlours and amusement parks, a Little Girl’s innocent adventure is interrupted when her beloved bicycle is stolen. Forced to choose between giving it up, or giving chase, she sets off on a new and daring adventure in pursuit of the Big Man who has taken it.
Directed by  Kerry Skinner,  Stewart Alexander. Runtime: 7 minutes 50 seconds
On Mother’s Day
An intimate look at how mass incarceration impacts a mother on Mother’s Day.
Directed by Ellie Wen. Runtime: 6 minutes 29 seconds
Cycles is a short documentary about an ethnic enclave of Asian recyclers in San Francisco. They stay up late and wake up early in order to pick through the hundreds of trash cans throughout the city. Guan who is an immigrant from China and has lived in the US for ten years relies on the cash she receives from her nightly gathering to help pay her rent. Her story is not unusual.
Directed by Whitney Legge. Runtime: 5 minutes 21 seconds

Our mission
Global Voices Film Festival is a fundraiser sponsored by the U.S. National Committee (USNC) for UN Women, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. The goal of the festival is to raise money and awareness for the work of UN Women, the UN body tasked with advancing gender equality and women’s development worldwide. Net proceeds will benefit UN Women programs and initiatives, which advance the economic, social, and political well-being of women in developing countries.


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