Athena Film Festival

Saturday, Mar 27, 2021

New York, NY 10001

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The Athena Film Festival (AFF) at Barnard College announced its opening night film and lineup of programming for the 2021 festival today. The 11th annual festival, a joint partnership between Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership and the initiative Women and Hollywood, will take place virtually from March 1st through March 31st. The annual festival includes film screenings, in-depth conversations with filmmakers and industry experts, a series of programs that support the pipeline of women creatives, and a wide variety of events focused on celebrating and amplifying the stories of bold, courageous women leaders.

AFF will open with the U.S. premiere of “BEANS”. The film, directed by Tracey Deer, stars up-and-coming actor Kiawentiio as Beans, a twelve-year-old Mohawk Girl torn between innocent childhood and reckless adolescence as she grapples with her experiences of community, activism, and racism during the Indigenous uprising of 1990 known as The Oka Crisis.

This year, AFF has curated a selection of films that react and respond to this challenging moment in time, including: Making it Happen: Women in STEM; Tear it Down: Dismantling White Supremacy; Discovery; A Look At Health; Resilience through Uncertainty; Imagining a New Future; Nothing About Us Without Us and Come As You Are. Full descriptions on the program areas

12:00 am
A Look At HealthShorts Program - Available March 1 - 31

Come As You Are Shorts Program - Available March 1 - 31

Discovery First Time Filmmakers Shorts Program - Available March 1 - 31

Discovery Student Shorts Program - Available March 1 - 31

Imagining a New Future Shorts - Available March 1 - 31

Making It Happen: Women in STEM Shorts Program - Available March 1 - 31

Nothing About Us Without Us Shorts Program - Available March 1 - 31

Resilience Through Uncertainty Shorts Program - Available March 1 - 31

Tear it Down: Dismantling White Supremacy Shorts Program - Available March 1 - 31

Reassembling Identity: Social Media and the Path to Self-Definition - Available March 3 - 31

Understanding Numeracy: Breaking Down Numbers to Break Up Oppression - Available March 5 - 31

Entertainment on Lockdown: How Covid Has Changed the Industry - Available March 6 - 31

How Women Athletes Are Leading the Way on Gender Equality and Racial Justice - Available March 6 - 31

Girls Rights and the Pandemic - Available March 8 - 31

Women’s Leadership in Covid Era - Available March 8 - 31

Emerging at Your Own Pace: Different Pathways in Film - Available March 10 - 31

Bringing in New Voices in a Post-Pandemic Film Industry - Available March 13 - 31

Belly of the Beast - Available March 15-28

La Madrina: The (Savage) Life of Lorine Padilla - Available March 15-28

The 8th - Available March 15-28

Underplayed - Available March 15-28

Reframing the Conversation on Reproductive Health - Available March 16 - 31

Ahead of the Curve - Available March 18-31

Denise Ho - Becoming the Song - Available March 18-31

Disability Access and Visibility in Film and Television - Available March 18 - 31

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock - Available March 18-31

How It Feels To Be Free - Available March 18-31

Roundtable Discussion on Indigenous Representation and Storytelling - Available March 18 - 31

Deconstructing Whiteness - Available March 23 - 31

The Push for Decarceration - Available March 23 - 31

The Third Strike - Available March 23-30

Black Feminist Future: Reconceiving Freedom for Collective Power and Justice - Available March 25- 31

Creating Utopias: Science Fiction as a Model for Future Planning - Available March 25 - 31

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