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WOMEN BY WOMEN FILM SERIES

The Watsonville Film Festival is proud to present a series of powerful films by and about women. Each screening will feature a community discussion with special guests. All films presented at Appleton Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St., Watsonville, at 7:00pm on the second Thursday of each month, March - June. Adults $8 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Under 18 free.

 

MARCH 8 • INT'L WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATION • SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the courageous & outrageous women who founded the modern Feminist Movement from 1966 to 1971. The documentary takes us from the founding of NOW, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation. Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution. Community conversation on local women's history & current issues led by Council Member Rebecca García. Free screening, donations accepted.  Trailer

 

APRIL 12 • PINK SARIS and LAAL PARI

“A girl’s life is cruel... A woman’s life is very cruel,” notes Sampat Pal, the protagonist of PINK SARIS. Sampat was married as a young girl into a family that made her work hard and beat her. But she fought back, leaving her in-laws and eventually becoming a champion for young women in Uttar Pradesh. These young women, frightened and desperate, reach out for their only hope: Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, India’s vigilantes in pink. A film by Sundance award-winning director Kim Longinotto.  Trailer

Accompanying Short Film: LAAL PARI (The Red Fairy)
Laal Pari is a self-motivated, self-taught, elected village council leader in Bihar, India, who is fighting to change the playing field for women’s participation in politics. But in the male dominated world of politics, finding a voice for herself and the means to serve her people is no easy task. Threatened by pervasive misogyny and stunted by patriarchal bureaucracy, can she accomplish her goals? Special Guest: Director Sadia Halima.

 

MAY 10 • NO MÁS BEBÉS

In NO MAS BEBES (No More Babies), Oscar® nominated Director Renee Tajima-Peña reveals the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at Los Angeles County Hospital during the 1960s and '70s. Alongside an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and a young, whistle-blowing doctor, the mothers mounted a landmark civil rights lawsuit that is seminal to the movement for reproductive justice. Special guest: Director Renee Tajima-Peña.  Trailer

 

JUNE 14 • ADIÓS AMOR

The discovery of forgotten photographs prompts a search for an unsung heroine: Maria Moreno, a migrant mother with twelve children who led a movement for farmworker rights years before Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta launched the UFW. ADIÓS AMOR tells a personal story with national resonance about the migrant workers who put food on our tables, and explores enduring questions about whose lives we remember, record and recognize. Special Guest: Director Laurie Coyle.  Trailer
 

¡MUCHAS GRACIAS TO OUR SPONSORS!

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County / Arts Council Santa Cruz County / Diversity Center / Ainsley-Hicks Family Foundation / Council Member Rebecca García / Amy & David Harrington / YWCA of Watsonville / Appleton Grill & Event Lounge

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