To close out Women’s History Month on Monday, March 31, the College of New Jersey hosts Lunafest, a national fundraising film festival showcasing short films by, for, and about women. The festival includes screenings of nine short films that cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, sexuality, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and the Breast Cancer Resource Center at the YWCA Princeton.
Lunafest is shown in more than 100 venues throughout the country. Each screening raises funds and awareness for local women’s nonprofit organizations. "The power of Lunafest lies in the fact that it supports the artistic development of women while providing community volunteers with an opportunity to raise money for local organizations. This is a dynamic event that empowers anyone concerned with the issues facing women today to become change agents," says Sophia Kaylani, Lunafest director. Since its inception in 2001, Lunafest, created and funded by Luna, the women’s nutrition bar for Women, has raised nearly $400,000 for women’s organizations across the country.
Following are the titles in this year’s selection:
My Other Mother, directed by Diana Keam (Capetown, South Africa). When her baby sister dies, Margo’s other mother shows her how to grieve.
Make a Wish, directed by Cherian Dabis (New York, NY). A young Palestinian girl will do whatever it takes to buy a birthday cake.
Dona Ana/Mrs. Ana, directed and animated by Laura Acevedo and Carolina Escobar (Medellin, Colombia). A seller of medicinal plants shares the joys and hardships of her life along with her love of strawberries.
Happiness, directed by Sophie Barthes (France). Iwona buys a box of happiness at a strange discount store and has to decide what to do with it.
Family Reunion, directed by Isold Uggadottir (New York, NY). Katrin leaves New York to visit her native Iceland, in this whimsical tale of family secrets.
Daikon Ashi, directed by Ru Kuwahata (Brooklyn, NY). A young girl struggles with adolescent rebellion and the reality of family ties.
Breaking Boundaries, directed by Jennifer Grace (Bozeman, MT). A documentary reflection on one female Olympic athlete’s determination and success.
The Quarantee, directed by Jesse Erica Epstein (New York, NY). A dancer’s hilarious story about his prominent nose and the effect it has on his career.
Pockets, directed by Sophie Ohara (Glendale, CA). A pocket becomes an abstract metaphor for the journey of motherhood.
Lunafest, Monday, March 31, 7 p.m. College of New Jersey, Mayo Concert Hall in the music building, Ewing. Film festival that showcases short films by, for, and about women, presenting nine short films ranging from animation to fictional drama. Topics include women’s health, motherhood, body image, sexuality, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers. Benefit for Breast Cancer Resource Center, Princeton YWCA. $10. 609-771-2368.