11 films to look for at the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival in Colorado Springs

By Michelle Karas Updated: November 10, 2017 at 9:14 am • Published: November 9, 2017 0

There are 60 features, documentaries and shorts in the 30th Annual Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday at Colorado College. We've broken out 11 of the films to show some of the diversity in the renowned film festival's schedule.

View the full schedule here.

(Film synopses courtesy of RMWFF):

“32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide”

Hope Litoff embarks on an exhaustive investigation to discover why her talented and much-loved sister Ruth committed suicide in 2008.

Trailer:

Screening

Saturday, Nov. 11

2:45-4:30 p.m.

Fine Arts Center


“Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana”

“Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels” was born of the tales about Cuba that Marion Kreith told her daughter (Co-Director Judy Kreith) over the years. Marion escaped war-torn Europe as a young girl with her family, evading Nazi capture and crossing the Atlantic to a tropical paradise. Her story mingles with the personal accounts of other refugees who recall their escape to Havana and life in an exotic and unfamiliar land.

Trailer:

Screening

Sunday, Nov. 12

9-10:45 a.m.

Cornerstone Arts Center, Richard F. Celeste Theater


“Dolores”

Raising 11 children while wrestling with gender bias, union defeat and victory, and nearly dying after a San Francisco Police beating, Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions to co-found the country's first farmworkers union. 

Trailer: 

Screening

Sunday, Nov. 12

2:45-4:30 p.m.

Cornerstone Arts Center, Richard F. Celeste Theater, Colorado College

“Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table”

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks brings Ella Brennan's remarkable story to the screen showing how she became a leading force in the contemporary restaurant business despite the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated field. With the success of New Orleans iconic establishment Commander's Palace, restaurateurs and chefs from around the world and all walks of life credit the important role Ella has played in building and enhancing American cooking and hospitality. With interviews with current and former chef including Emeril Lagasse, Danny Meyer, Tim and Nina Zagat, Daniel Boulud, Jeremiah Tower, and many more.

Trailer: 

Screening

Sunday, Nov. 12

11:05 a.m.-1 p.m.

Screening Room

“The Farthest”  

Launched in 1977, the twin Voyager spacecraft revolutionized planetary science, resolved questions about the outer planets and raised new ones about the evolution of our solar system. Originally approved to travel only to Saturn and Jupiter, the spacecraft took advantage of a once-in-176-year planetary alignment, and used gravity-assist slingshot trajectories to extend their missions, with Voyager 2 also visiting Uranus and Neptune. “The Farthest” celebrates these machines.

Trailer:

Screening
Sunday, Nov. 12

4:50-6:40 p.m.

Cornerstone Arts Center, Richard F. Celeste Theater

“Girl Unbound”

At a young age, Maria discovered her love for one of Pakistan’s most popular sports—squash— even though women were restricted to play. To support her passion, her family allowed her to pass as a boy. Maria's identity was exposed as she rose to success and the Taliban brandished her a target. Yet, Maria continued to compete and used her talents to advocate women’s rights to education and sports. Aware of the consequences this may bring from the Taliban, she believes it is her right as a human being, and as a Muslim woman, to be free.

Trailer:

Screening

Saturday, Nov. 11

9-10:45 a.m.

Fine Arts Center

“Jane”

This year’s Saturday Night film, draws from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.

Trailer:

Screening: Saturday, Nov. 11

Double Feature 2: 8-10 p.m.

Kathryn Mohrman Theatre

“Kim Swims”

Kim Swims is a documentary film about the inspiring story of an accomplished open water swimmer’s attempt to become the first woman to swim 30 miles through a stretch of cold, rough and shark-inhabited waters off of the San Francisco coast.

Trailer:

Screenings: Saturday, Nov, 11

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Fine Arts Center

“Mankiller”

Examining the life and legacy of the formidable American hero, Wilma Mankiller, who defied all odds to become one of the most influential leaders in the United States. Mankiller overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985. The film reunites the team of Gale Anne Hurd and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl for their third and most powerful documentary. Mankiller’s humble leadership style and her strength remind audiences of the true meaning of servant leadership and serves as a wake-up call to take action for positive change.

Trailer:

Screenings: 

Saturday, Nov. 11

9-10:45 a.m.

Screening Room

Sunday, Nov. 12

2:45-4:30 p.m.

Kathryn Mohrman Theatre


“Relocation Arkansas”

The tragedy of the Japanese American incarceration experience didn't end with the people who were in the camp.

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/203236432

Screenings:

Saturday, Nov. 11

11:05 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kathryn Mohrman Theatre

Saturday, Nov. 11

2:45-4:30 p.m.

Screening Room

“Waiting for Hassana”

The personal account of one girl’s harrowing escape from the imprisonment of Boko Haram.

Trailer: 

Screenings

Saturday, Nov. 11

11:05 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fine Arts Center

Saturday, Nov. 11

9-10:45am

Screening Room

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