Biographical, Social Issues, Women's Issues
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As a little girl, Nadia Murad dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her native Iraq. Instead, she survived genocide and sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS. Now in her mid-twenties, she has just won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the Yazidi community—a dizzying array of commitments that runs from testifying before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps.
Director Alexandria Bombach (Frame by Frame, DFF38) won Sundance’s 2018 Directing Award for her compassionate portrayal of a young woman who is simultaneously driven by her desire to end sexual violence against women and increasingly exhausted by having to endlessly relive her family’s murder and her own rape as a part of her life’s mission. This is the extraordinary story of a woman who persists despite her own pain and remains a source of strength to so many others.
SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)
Some heroes fly, others pedal. This stirring documentary profiles a group of young Afghan women who dare to ride bicycles against all odds—flying indeed in the face of a patriarchal society that continues to insist their place is in the home.
When a transgender Filipina is murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women—a lawyer, a journalist, and a grieving mother—take justice into their own hands. This fierce, piercingly emotional investigative exposé follows them as they challenge some of the most powerful institutions in the world.
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, this rallying cry of a documentary takes an urgent look at women’s roles in the entertainment biz, onscreen and off, from the perspective of some of today’s greatest talents—including Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Tiffany Haddish, exec producer Geena Davis, and more.