Women's Issues

3 Faces

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 7 at 2:15pm

After her family prevents her from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory, a provincial girl sends a video plea for help. Well-known Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari is distressed by the video, abandoning her shoot and turning to acclaimed filmmaker... Read more

Ask for Jane

Sunday, November 11 at 3:30pm

Based on a true story — and set less than 50 years ago, in 1969 Chicago — “Ask for Jane” might seem hard to believe for those who have grown up in the U.S. after Roe v. Wade. But in the world of “Ask for Jane,” abortion is punishable by prison, and getting birth... Read more

Becoming Astrid

Saturday, November 3 at 12:00pm
Friday, November 9 at 2:35pm

“Becoming Astrid” tells the moving true story of the formative years of world-renowned children’s author Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking. A nuanced exploration of parenthood, empathy, and artistry, the film follows the teenaged Astrid as she... Read more

Dede

Friday, November 2 at 2:15pm
Monday, November 5 at 2:05pm

Based on true events that took place at the outset of Georgia’s civil war, “Dede” takes place in the high-mountain community of Svaneti, where the people live far removed from the modern world. A purely patriarchal society that revolves around forced marriages,... Read more

Diane

Sunday, November 4 at 4:30pm

In this nuanced psychological portrait of a 70-year-old widow with a compassionate bent, Diane (Mary Kay Place, “The Big Chill”) spends her life in rural Massachusetts helping the homeless, caring for her sick friends, and attempting to reconnect with her 30-year-... Read more

Doc Shorts: Animated Lives

Friday, November 2 at 5:00pm
A collection that demonstrates animation isn't just for fiction.

Doc Shorts: Black Voices

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A diverse chorus of black voices addresses subjects both local and national.

Doc Shorts: Women Around the Globe

Thursday, November 8 at 5:00pm
A program that spotlights women who stand up and help other women.

A Girl Named C

Saturday, November 3 at 1:00pm

“A Girl Named C” addresses one of the most pervasive and taboo subjects in the United States — child sexual assault. One in three girls before the age of 18 is sexually assaulted in America, and experts estimate up to 50 percent of their perpetrators are other... Read more

The Heat: A Kitchen (R)Evolution

Monday, November 5 at 7:00pm

From grassroots cooking to haute cuisine, “The Heat” is a timely and illuminating journey into the culinary world from a female perspective. Restaurant kitchens are a pressurized stew of brutal hours, high stress, and sleep deprivation, and acting out goes with... Read more

The Heiresses

Friday, November 2 at 5:15pm
Monday, November 5 at 2:10pm

Chela and Chiquita — both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay — have been together for more than 30 years. Recently, however, their financial situation has worsened, and they are forced to begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when... Read more

The Hello Girls: The Story of America's First Female Soldiers

Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm

In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. Like Joan of Arc before them, they wanted to save France. By World War I's end, these women, known affectionately as the Hello Girls, had connected more... Read more

I Am Not a Witch

Tuesday, November 6 at 2:00pm
Saturday, November 10 at 5:00pm

When 8-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to... Read more

Lemonade

Friday, November 2 at 12:10pm
Sunday, November 4 at 12:10pm

In “Lemonade” — produced by Palme d’Or winner Christian Mungiu (“Four Months, Three Weeks, and Two Days”) — 30-year-old Mara, a single mother from Romania working as a caretaker in the U.S. on a temporary visa, marries Daniel, an American she met only a few months... Read more

Minding the Gap

Sunday, November 4 at 7:30pm

“Minding the Gap” offers a multifaceted group portrait of filmmaker Bing Liu and two friends, Keire Johnson and Zack Mulligan, from his youth in Rockford, Ill. Although the documentary initially appears to focus on their shared passion for skateboarding — Bing’s... Read more

Naila and the Uprising

Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

Using evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage, “Naila and the Uprising” brings out of anonymity the courageous women who shook the Israeli occupation and put Palestinians on the map for the first time. “Naila and the Uprising”... Read more

On Her Shoulders

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

At only 23 years old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings — from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of... Read more

Parallel Chords

Saturday, November 10 at 1:00pm

The feature version of a short that first screened at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in 2015, “Parallel Chords” chronicles the struggles of young violinist Jacqueline (Rachel Ann) to assert her individuality despite the intense pressure of her controlling... Read more

Persona

Friday, November 2 at 7:00pm

By the mid-1960s, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical “Persona,” he attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann plays a stage... Read more

Primas

Saturday, November 10 at 12:05pm

“Primas” begins obliquely, with scenes of dreamily abstract imagery, a young woman’s whispered narration, and vérité snippets of her family life in a small Argentinian town. Only over time is it revealed that the young woman was the victim of a horrific rape when... Read more

Rafiki

Saturday, November 3 at 4:45pm
Monday, November 5 at 4:20pm

Despite a political rivalry between their families, Kena and Ziki remain close friends, supporting each other as they pursue their dreams. But when love blossoms between them, the two girls are forced to choose between happiness and safety in a highly conservative... Read more

The Sower

Friday, November 2 at 4:30pm
Tuesday, November 6 at 4:30pm

Based on Violette Ailhaud’s autobiographical “The Seed Man” — celebrating its centennial in 2019 — “The Sower” centers on Violette (Pauline Burlet), who’s just old enough to get married when her village in the Lower Alps is cruelly deprived of all its men by the... Read more

Support the Girls

Thursday, November 8 at 7:15pm

Lisa (Regina Hall) is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side “sports bar with curves,” but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely... Read more

They Are Strangers

Saturday, November 10 at 6:30pm

When writer Rebecca Thayer’s latest book gains recognition worldwide, she’s quickly contracted to write another novel. But the author has a sizable distraction: Rebecca (Emily Krause) discovers that boyfriend William (Tom Schmitt) may be having an affair.... Read more

This Changes Everything

Saturday, November 3 at 8:00pm

A fleet and comprehensive review of the issue of gender discrimination in Hollywood, “This Changes Everything” takes an incisive look into the male-dominated film industry to examine those forces — both conscious and unconscious — that continue to foster the... Read more

Time for Ilhan

Sunday, November 4 at 4:00pm

On Nov. 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother of three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness... Read more

Wildlife

Friday, November 9 at 7:05pm

With “Wildlife,” actor Paul Dano makes an impressive debut as a filmmaker and — with co-writer Zoe Kazan — elegantly adapts Richard Ford’s novel of the same name. Fourteen-year-old Joe (Ed Oxenbould) is the only child of housewife Jeanette (Carey Mulligan) and... Read more