“Sonita” (Iran, 90 min.)
KETCHUM, IDAHO— The 10th annual Family of Woman Film Festival, Feb. 27-March 5, 2017, will present two dramatic film screenings as a special added attraction and prelude to this year’s festival. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Festival will screen “Mustang,” and on Thursday, Feb. 9, the Festival will screen “Where Do We Go Now.” Both films will begin at 7 p.m. at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum. Tickets will be available at the Magic Lantern Cinemas box office.
“With more and more films being made about women each year, we have been able to obtain wonderful films where the director, the subject or both can be present at the Festival,” Co-Director of the Festival, Peggy Elliott Goldwyn said.
“With our 10th anniversary,” Co-Director Stephanie Freid-Perenchio added, “we thought it would give us an opportunity to present some of our favorite films that we weren’t able to fit into the Festival because the directors were unavailable.”
An award winning film at the Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and 2016 Academy Award Nominee, the dramatic film, “Mustang” is set in early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption” including cell phones and computers, essentially imprisoning the girls as they are subjected to endless lessons in housework in preparation to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives.
The dramatic film, “Where Do We Go Now,” is a drama set against the backdrop of a war-torn country and tells the heart-warming tale of a group of women’s determination to protect their isolated, mine-encircled, community from the divisive outside forces that threaten to destroy it from within. United by a common cause, the women’s unwavering friendship transcends the religious fault lines, which crisscross their society as they hatch some extraordinarily inventive, and oftentimes comical, plans in order to distract the village’s menfolk and defuse any sign of inter-religious tension.
The Family of Woman Film Festival will also present films and speakers at Boise State University. Boise State University and Blue Farm are platinum sponsors of the 2017 Family of Woman Film Festival.