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Women-Helmed Film Festival Features Doc “Afronauts”

Shipra Gupta | Indiewire   in  ·
January 9, 2015

The Athena Film Festival has revealed the complete lineup of films slated to screen over the course of the four-day festival. Now in its fifth year, the Athena Film Festival is a celebration of women and leadership in cinema, both on and off-screen.

The fifth edition of the festival will open with Kim Longinotto’s “Dreamcatcher,” a documentary that centers on Brenda Myers-Powell, founder of The Dreamcatcher Foundation in Chicago, which serves youth throughout the city who are victims of sexual exploitation.

Other highlights from the lineup include festival honoree Gina Prince Bythewood’s “Beyond the Lights,” along with Gillian Robespierre’s romantic comedy “Obvious Child” and “In the Game,” a work-in-progress documentary about what it’s like to be a Hispanic female soccer player.

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