12 Jan New Year, New Reality

“I am asking you to believe.  Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.”
President Barack Obama, Farewell Address, 01.10.17

While a sold-out audience watched T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold in Theater 1 on opening night of the inaugural Women Sports Film Festival, history was unfolding in Theater 2 with the broadcast of Hillary Clinton accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States. Though we won’t be inaugurating our first woman president next Friday in Washington, DC, hundreds of thousands will be gathering the following day for the Women’s March on Washington to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office that women’s rights are human rights.

Now, more than ever, we are committed to promoting and celebrating the stories of female athletes from around the world.  Our second annual film festival returns to Oakland on September 28-30, 2017 with a new slate of documentaries and conversations with directors and athletes. New this year is a full-day of panel discussions with activists, academics, entrepreneurs and media makers working at the intersection of sports and culture.  Our call for entries is now open and filmmakers can submit their films for consideration via Film Freeway.

We have also added a new monthly film series featuring documentaries about amazing female athletes. Screenings will take place at New Parkway Theater in Oakland and will include panel discussions with local community organizations involved with the sports, issues and topics raised in the films.

We’re kicking the series off on Tuesday, January 31 with IN THE TURN about a 10-year-old transgender girl who finds acceptance and empowerment in the company of a queer roller derby collective.  Next up will be FULL MOON showing on Tuesday, February 28. This inspiring, action-packed film showcases the legends, current icons and future prodigies of snowboarding. Watch trailers and buy tickets here.

Photo credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images, Subject: Laia Sanz, 2016 Dakar Rally, Belen, Argentina