Women Make Movies March News

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Women Make Movies (WMM) has acquired a number of films from Sundance and other Film Festivals in 2007. Enemies of Happiness, which took home esteemed awards at the Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary) and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Silver Wolf Award), has been acquired by WMM. The film, by Eva Mulvad and Anja Al-Erhayem, tells the inspiring story of 27-year-old Afghan women Malalai Joya. Malalai is a women’s rights activist and local hero who was elected to the newly formed democratic parliament of Afghanistan in 2005.
WMM also announced that they acquired These Girls and Belfast Girls. These two films offer important views into the lives of young women in two different parts of the world. The films focus on the choices, conflicts, and struggles to survive in life. These Girls, by Egyptian director Tahani Rached, is a lively and encompassing documentary that follows a band of teenage girls living on the streets of Cairo. These Girls will be screened at the Miami International Film Festival this month and at the Nashville Film Festival in April. Belfast Girls is a masterful film by Malin Andersson which tells the moving story of two young women who grow up on different sides of concrete “peace walls” that divide two communities. Andersson tells the gripping story in a wonderful way and exhibits how, though they both have their struggles and conflicts in every-day-life, the girls have very much in common.
In a related note, WMM has announced that a number of films that are associated with the group will be screened at the South by Southewest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. American Zombie, the latest from WMM filmmaker Grace Lee, will be screened as well as Judith Helfand’s Everything’s Cool. Also, Maybe Baby, the film by Shannon O’Rourke, will be having it’s world premiere at the festival. WMM has some other films screening at the festival including the latest projects from Marlo Poras ( with Run Granny Run) and Ricky Stern and Annie Sundberg (with The Devil Came on Horseback).

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Luz Aguado was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in East Los Angeles. She is the oldest of four siblings. Prior to attending The Art Institute, Luz was a student at the University of California Riverside where she studied biology and aspired to become a medical doctor. Now she studies Media Arts and Animation at The Art Institute of Los Angeles and hopes of one day having the opportunity to work for Disney Animation Studios. Three dimensional animation and the innovative techniques that have given animation a more realistic appearance is something that she wishes to focus on while at The Art Institute.

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