* (A)Typical Couple -- 2012, Masa Zia Lenárdic and Anja Wutej , 5 min. 55 sec, Slovenia. A very sweet short about a typical day in a typical life of a typical couple trying to communicate their way through their typical relationship. The film was shot, directed, acted, produced and edited by only two people.
* All She Can -- 2011, Amy Wendel, 1 hr. 31 min., U.S., Drama. In a small south Texas town, there aren’t many career options for young people besides oil rigs, the military or fast-food restaurants. Luz Garcia, a fiery high-school athlete, is determined to forge a different future; she’s gained admission to the University of Texas at Austin. The problem is she can’t afford to go. With her one shot at a scholarship riding on the state power-lifting championship, will she break the rules to ensure her victory?
* American Outrage -- 2008, Beth Gage, 56 min., U.S., Documentary. Two elderly Western Shoshone sisters put up a heroic fight for their land rights and human rights. "American Outrage"asks why the United States government has spent millions persecuting and prosecuting two elderly women grazing a few hundred horses and cows in a desolate desert?
* Deaf Jam -- 2012, Judy Lieff, 70min., U.S., Documentary. Aneta Brodski is a deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language Poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an
* Facing Mirrors -- 2011, Negar Azarbayjani, 102 min. Iran, Drama. Iran’s first narrative to feature a transgender main character weaving together the lives of two women. It is a story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops despite social norms and traditional beliefs.
* Foreign Letters, 2012, Ela Thier, 100 min., U.S., Drama. A bittersweet coming-of-age film and a love letter to the unshakeable bond between friends. Based on director Thier’s personal immigration experience, the film about poverty, prejudice, shame and the healing power of friendship.
* Georgena Terry -- 2012, Amanda Zackem, 5 min. 50 sec., U.S., Short Documentary. Georgena Terry, founder of Terry bicycles, revolutionized the women’s biking industry by creating a bike frame specific to a woman’s body.
* Girls in the Band -- 2011, Judy Chaikin, 81 min. U.S., Documentary. In the world of jazz, women have long been marginalized. This film traces the history of the all-girl bands and the struggles of the handful who broke through the male bastions, and brings us into the present day, where gifted young women are going toe-to-toe with the finest jazz musicians of their day.
* Graceland Girls -- 2012, Jordan Salvatoriello, 28 min., U.S., Short Documentary. Educating its adolescent girls has been the cornerstone of Kenyan development, yet so many are denied equal access to education, social and economic equality and respect. Film provides an intimate look at how the high school students at Graceland Girls School in Kenya have, so far, defied the odds.
* Inocente -- 2012, Andrea Nix Fine, 40min., U.S., Documentary. Winner of an Oscar for Best Short Documentary, "Inocente" is a vibrant coming-of-age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings.
* Jungle Radio -- 2009, Susanne Jäger, 90 min., Germany, Documentary. Takes us deep into the jungle of Nicaragua, where feminist Yamileth Chavarría has launched a radio station with a unique mission: denouncing domestic violence against women and children.
* LESBIANA -- 2012, Myriam Fougère, 63 min., Canada , Documentary. A journey to meet the lesbian writers, philosophers and activists who were key players in creating a revolutionary sisterhood. From Montréal to Texas, by way of New York, filmmaker encounters lesbians who chose to live only among women.
* Little Sparrows, 2010. Yu-Hsiu Camille Chen, 88 min., Australia, Drama. Three sisters -- Nina, widowed with two young children; Anna, an aspiring actress unhappily married; and Christine, a med student still coming to terms with her sexuality -- confront personal change and growth, when they find out their mother’s breast cancer has returned.
* LuLu Sessions, 2011, S. Casper Wong, 86 min., U.S., Documentary. Meet LuLu, a hard-living, chain-smoking rebel with a tender heart; a poet with a potty mouth; a farm girl, former cheerleader and world-class cancer researcher. Dr. Louise Nutter has just discovered a new anti-cancer drug when she finds out she is dying of breast cancer herself at 42. Shot during those last 15 months of LuLu’s life.
* Mosquita y Mari -- 2012, Aurora Guerrero, 85 min., U.S., Drama. In a fast-paced immigrant community where dreams are often lost to economic survival, two young Chicanas contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other.
* No Job For A Woman -- 2011, Michele Midori Fillion, 61min., U.S., Documentary. This award-winning documentary tells the colorful story of three tenacious war correspondents forged their now legendary reputations in World War II.
* Raging Grannies -- 2011, Pam Walton, 30 min., U.S., Documentary. A lively and thought-provoking documentary that tells the story of The Action League of the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula. In ostrich feathers, crazy hats, and boas these women protest with a sense of outrage, a sense of humor and a commitment to non-violence.
* Sarabah, 2011, Marie Luisa Gambala and Gloria Bremer, 60 min., Netherlands, Documentary. Rapper, singer and activist, Sister Fa is hero to young women in Senegal and an unstoppable force for social change, who has smashed barriers in the male-dominated hip-hop world. A childhood victim of female genital cutting, she decided to tackle the issue by starting a grassroots campaign, "Education Without Excision."
* Scarlet Road -- 2011, Catherine Scott, 70 min., Australia, Documentary. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression, Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton specializes in a long overlooked clientele -- people with disabilities. She has made it her life’s work to end the stigma surrounding these people.
* Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home and Other Works, 2008, Rebecca Dreyfus, 10 min., U.S., Short Documentary. Ms. Plachy is perhaps best known for her weekly pictures in The Village Voice but her images have been exhibited worldwide. This film is a rare, soulful and slightly eccentric look into the private world of one of the greatest living photographers.
* Sisters in Arms -- 2011, Beth Freeman, 40 min., Canada, Documentary. This is a documentary about three remarkable Canadian women, in the most difficult and dangerous military professions, sharing their stories of loss and inspiration from the frontlines in Afghanistan.
* The Bathhouse, 2012, Jisoo Kim, 6 min. 19 sec., U.S., Short Animated. The film takes the viewer on a luscious and poetic journey from the dark, polluted streets of the modern city, into the sanctuary of the Bathhouse. The women who venture in, enter as strangers, weary from the toils of the city, but together undergo an empowering physical and spiritual transformation in this luscious and fantastical paradise.
* The Light in her Eyes, 2011, Julia Meltzer, 87 min., U.S./Syria, Documentary. Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus 30 years ago. A surprising cultural shift is under way -- women are claiming space within the mosque. Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges women to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams.
* The Weightless Traveller, 2010, Eva Colmers, 10 min., Canada, Short Animated. Without possessions to tie her down, young vagabond Bo is taking off: to the big city, the desert and the jungle. With street-smarts and magic, she overcomes any obstacles to finding a true home. The unique shadow projection and intriguing sound track make it a special delight to view.
* The World Before Her -- 2012, Nisha Pahuja, 90 min., Canada/India, Documentary. Two young women follow divergent paths in the new, modernizing India-one wants to become Miss India, the other is a Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs. Initially representing the two threads as mutually exclusive worldviews, Pahuja draws surprising parallels in the way women are perceived and the opportunities that are afforded them at both extremes.
* Words of Witness -- 2012, Mai Iskander, 70 min., U.S./Egypt, Documentary. Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba Afify takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts and Facebook posts. Her coming-of-age, political awakening and disillusionment mirror that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny.
Caution: The films in the Women’s Film Festival should be considered "for mature audiences only" and are not meant for young children. Please use your own judgement, but festival organizers suggest assuming all of the films are PG-13