Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking (HWIF) has announced it will hold its first annual Women of Wonders Film Festival March 3-8, 2013.
According to organizers, the event intends to highlight and celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women. The festival will present a selection of films about women by women for everybody. The event will be free and open to the public with all donations used to fund the 2013 Summer Reel Camps for Girls.
Here's the festival's proposed lineup of films:
- Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards. This film traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.
- Ella es el Matador (She is the Matador) by Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco. For Spaniards—and for the world—nothing has expressed their country’s traditionally rigid gender roles more powerfully than the image of the male matador. So sacred was the bullfighter’s masculinity to Spanish identity that a 1908 law barred women from the sport. Visually stunning and beautifully crafted, Ella es el Matador reveals the surprising history of the women who made such a law necessary, and offers fascinating profiles of two female matadors currently in the arena- women who are gender pioneers by necessity, confronting both bull and social code. What emerges through this mesmerizing film is their truest motivation—a sheer passion for bullfighting, in the pursuit of a dream.
- Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza De Mayo by Susana Blaustein. As well as giving an understanding of Argentinean history in the ‘70s and ‘80s, LAS MADRES shows the empowerment of women in a society where women are expected to be silent. LAS MADRES provides a banner of hope in the international struggle for human rights.
- Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority by Kimberlee Bassford. A documentary that follows the remarkable journey of Patsy Mink, an Asian American woman who, battling racism and sexism, redefined American politics.