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“If we help women in the world, it helps the economy, it helps the future; everything gets better,” said Festival Founder and Director Peggy Goldwyn.
The films will screen Tuesday-Sunday, Feb. 27-March 4, and through women's struggles illustrate pushing through the boundaries between and misconceptions about other cultures. Though the people and places in the films may be exotic to some audiences, Goldwyn said they pose universal questions.
“Should I get married? Should I stop living in the past? Should I leave home and strike out on my own?” asked Goldwyn.
The festival will run at locations across the Wood River Valley, including the Sun Valley Opera House. There will be seven films in all, like In Syria, which won the Audience Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, and Poetry, which brought Korean actress Jeong-hie Yung back from retirement to play the leading role. Additional screenings will be held at Boise State University on Tuesday, Feb. 27, and Wednesday, Feb. 28.
“We like to have stories that leave you feeling uplifted in some way. To have you recognize that yes, there’s a problem, I recognize what the problem is, but by God this woman is doing something, I can do something too,” said Goldwyn.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased either from the Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum, at the Sun Valley Opera House box office or online.