Culture and Activism: Using Film to Make Global Change

We know that film drives culture – it can influence how people think, feel, and perceive the world around them. Large, global organizations including UN Women and the Global Fund for Women are harnessing the power of film to challenge stereotypes and foster public support for feminist action. Join us for an intergenerational and intersectional discussion on how activists are building momentum, making progress, and writing new futures for themselves and their communities — and using film to drive progress. We will begin by screening a short film from the upcoming documentary series, Fundamental, Defenders of Justice: Fighting Racism and Patriarchy in Brazil. The series, created by the Global Fund for Women in partnership with two-time Academy Award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, follows activists from five different countries who are working on the front lines of the global fight for gender justice. The other four films in the series will be available for viewing at the Activism Booth on Saturday and Sunday of

  • 60 minutes
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About Athena Film Festival

The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City, is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless women leaders. Over the last ten years, the Festival has welcomed more than 35,000 people from all over the world to 200+ screenings of narratives, documentaries, and shorts that feature diverse stories of ambition, courage, and resilience.