featuring two Ithaca premieres!
Four award-winning films directed by women tell compelling stories of a new generation of women no longer willing to accept the status quo. Confronting patriarchal systems, class issues and other hardships faced by girls and women around the world, the films are crafted with beauty, humor and hope—powerful, but never didactic. Two of films—Mustang and Dukhtar—deal with child marriage, something western audiences may think disappeared decades ago, but in reality, close to 15 million girls lose their childhood to marriage every year. Dukhtar was helmed by a first-time female director-producer, who worked with an all-male crew of 40 men to craft this feminist road-trip movie that created history in the fledgling independent film industry of Pakistan, who made the film their submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® in 2014. Mustang, the story of five sisters held housebound until their family can marry them off, is one of the nine films shortlisted for the award this year. The Wonders, winner of the 2014 Cannes Grand Prix, tells an entrancing coming of age story set amid a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in the Tuscan countryside. In The Second Mother, the daughter of a live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo opens her mother’s eyes to a new way of viewing the world.