Women’s Voices Now (WVN), a global non-profit, will screen three short films at Verona Public Library in March to mark Women’s History Month. This “Girls’ Voices Now” film festival will take place March 12, 19 and 26; Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Library lower level screening room at 17 Gould Street.
The three-night film series will include three topical short films related to inequity between girls’ and boys’ athletic programs (“She’s Got Game”), body image (“Onyi: The Path to Finding Me”), and the immigrant experience (“Not Quite Here, Not Quite There”), respectively. Teachers and parents can pre-screen the films for relevance/appropriateness by visiting womensvoicesnow.org/girls-voices-now-program/ and clicking on any of the 2019 films. The format for each one-hour event will include an introduction, screening of one film and facilitated discussion.
“Girls’ Voices Now amplifies the voices of young women from underrepresented communities by teaching documentary filmmaking in a workshop setting,” explains WVN Executive Director Heidi Basch-Harod. “The themes explored in these films are universal and represent issues faced by female populations around the world. Our mission is to inspire empathy through storytelling first, and help channel that empathy into action for social change.”
WVN consultant and Verona resident Rachel Moehl will facilitate the screenings and discussions: “I hope we can find local enthusiasm for both the craft of filmmaking and the cause for women’s equality,” Moehl says. “These films are beautifully-rendered, highly-relatable, and should serve as a launch pad for discussion about how we can share our stories through cinema. We can also feel empathy and put our passion to work in our local community by empowering women and girls.”
The screenings are free and open to the public. Young filmmakers, artists and activists are especially encouraged to attend. For information about the March 2020 WVN screenings in Verona, reach out to Rachel Moehl at [email protected]