Film: Women's Film Festival

BRATTLEBORO —  The annual Women's Film Festival in Brattleboro  is the longest running women's film festival in New England. Now in its 27th year, it is a celebration of movies from around the world and a platform for women to tell their own stories. It is also a major fundraiser for the work of the Women's Freedom Center, a non-profit domestic and sexual violence organization in southeastern Vermont.

Over the course of three weeks, beginning Friday, March 9, with the Opening Night Gala of champagne, hors d'oeuvres and film, more than 50 documentaries, feature films and shorts will be screened. There is truly something for everyone with films about sports, arts, friendship, activism, lesbian/queer lives, motherhood, gender roles, religion, and romance. New this year is a series of Shorts Programs; we will have several screenings of exciting short films including an evening of Queer Shorts.

The festival brings films to southern Vermont that can often only be seen if you're lucky enough to be able to travel to film festivals like Tribeca and Sundance. Many of the films which have been included in the Women's Film Festival over the years have gone on to receive acclaim and award nominations.

The 27th annual Women's Film Festival screens at the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro. For more information on this year's films, screening times and ticket prices, go to

Opening night

 You say you want a revolution? Come dressed as your favorite revolutionary from history as this year's festival kicks-off with a fired-up gala on Friday, March 9,  7 to 10 p.m. at the New England Youth Theatre.

The gala will begin with a reception of champagne, wine & hors d'oeuvres, followed by a screening of the film — Left On Pearl. The film tells the story of a highly significant but little-known event in the history of the women's liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women. The 10-day occupation by women demanding a Women's Center and low income housing for the community in which the building stood, embodied within it many of the hopes, triumphs, conflicts and tensions of Second Wave feminism. One of the few such takeovers by women for women, this action led directly to the establishment of the longest continuously operating Women's Center in the United States.

Tickets for the gala are $30 and are being sold now — to purchase at,  802-257-7364 or


La Chana - The film introduces us to La Chana, a talented Gypsy flamenco dancer, as she returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30-year break. Along the way, La Chana reveals the secret behind her disappearance when she was at the peak of her career.The Rape of Recy Taylor - A documentary that concentrates much-needed light on this period of American history and the women who lived through it. The Rape of Recy Taylor brings attention to a little-discussed but common reality for black women in the Jim Crow South: racially motivated rape by white men. Window Horses - A mixed-race Canadian poet travels to a poetry festival in Iran and discovers her own voice while opening herself to those of others in this whimsical, animated film. It is an entertaining, educational, and poignant tale about identify and imagination that is filled with stories and poetry. Little Stones - An award-winning documentary that unites the personal narratives of four women around the world using art to create positive change in their communities. From a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence in the favelas of Brazil to a dancer rehabilitating sex-trafficking survivors in India, each of these women is contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women's movement through their art.

Tickets for movies are $10 - sponsoring admission, $9, general admission, $8, sponsored admission.

A five-movie pass is available for $40. Passes may be purchased at Everyone's Books in Brattleboro, or at 802-257-7364

For more informatin on films and screening times visit     


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