Timothy Leary said, Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. He might be right, but still, it would be nice to see ladies represent more than just 7 percent of all film directors. Thats where the Womens International Film Festival comes in with its mission to promote females in the film industry and celebrate their accomplishments in cinema. This Thursday, see the documentary Wise Women Speak, in which lady sages such as Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo, Jane Fonda, and poet Nikki Giovanni recount their bumpy road to knowledge. It screens at 7 p.m. at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center. Then head to the annual fashion show and afterparty at Hard Rocks Pangaea (5707 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and admission costs $10 in advance and $15 at the door. On Friday, see Oscar-winning Rachel Weisz in The Whistleblower, about a real-life Nebraska police officer who worked in Bosnia as a peacekeeper and stumbled upon a brutal underworld of sex trafficking. It screens at 10 p.m. at AMC Aventura (19501 Biscayne, Blvd., Aventura).
Other highlights include Saturdays program, which includes Forget Me Not, a 24-hour love story set in London. It screens at 10 p.m. at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center. Sunday, catch Queen of Sound, a documentary about the overlooked female side of reggae and dancehall music. Hear from performers such as Tanya Stephens as well as three generations of Jamaican music businesswomen talk careers and struggles.
Thu., March 31, 7 p.m., 2011