A new Feminist Film Festival, organized by Girlcott, runs Thursday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 20.
Donna Berman, executive director of Charter Oak Cultural Center, and other Girlcott speakers will kick off the festival and Girlcott’s new season at 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at Torp Theater in Davidson Hall, on the campus of Central Connecticut State University.
The festival will feature films written or directed by women about issues relevant to women. Some of the screenings will include panel discussions. The Saturday afternoon screening at Real Art Ways will be followed by a reception.
Thursday, Sept. 18, 1:40 p.m. “I Am A Girl” is a 2013 documentary that looks at what it means to be a girl in six countries: Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Afghanistan, USA and Australia. Written and directed by Rebecca Barry. 88 minutes. A panel discussion, run by Susan Campbell, columnist and Robert C. Vance Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication at Central Connecticut State University. FREE.
Torp Theatre is in Davidson Hall, off Stanley Street, at CCSU
Friday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. “Middle of Nowhere” Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, who won best director award at 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Medical school student Ruby puts her life on hold when her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison.
Aetna Theatre, Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. Admission. www.thewadsworth.org
Saturday, Sept. 20, 3 p.m. “Strong!” by producer, director Julie Wyman is a documentary about weightlifter Cheryl Haworth who is 5’8” and weights 300 pounds. 60 minutes. Julie Wyman will answer questions after the screening (most likely by Skype). Two shorts: “Trinity Men Take a Stand: Fight to End Sexual Assault” by Bettina Gonzalez, 6 minutes. “Aliens Arrive,” by Trinity Prof. Madalene Speziaetti, 8 minutes. Admission. Reception follows. www.realartways.org