The fourth annual Athena Film Festival, headed by Melissa Silverstein of Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog, has unveiled its film lineup for the 2014 edition of the fest, running February 6 through 9 at Barnard College. Check out the full program below.
The Athena fest's honoree list is here.
2014 Athena Film Festival lineup:
Belle – New York Premiere- Opening Film
Director: Amma Asante
Run Time: 105 minutes
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay, an 18th Century British naval officer. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, but her color prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. Yet, Belle uses her presence and intelligence to help inform the thinking of her father figure, Lord Mansfield, as he deliberates the most pressing issue of the time - the abolition of slavery.
The Book Thief
Director: Brian Percival
Run Time: 131 minutes
Based on the beloved bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.
Decoding Annie Parker – Centerpiece Film
Director: Steven Bernstein
Run Time: 91 minutes
Decoding Annie Parker tells the true story of two very different women on seemingly similar paths towards ground-breaking discoveries. Annie Parker a cancer survivor who was convinced that her illness and the illness of all the women in her family were connected and Dr. Mary-Claire King, a geneticist, who bucked the conventional wisdom about cancer research and discovered the genetic link in breast cancer and the BRCA1 gene.
Farah Goes Bang
Director: Meera Menon
Run Time: 90 minutes
Awkward twenty-something Farah Mahtab hits the road with her buddies K.J. and Roopa to stump for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, hoping the trip will also be her opportunity to lose her virginity. Crisscrossing the culturally divided nation at this decisive post-9/11 moment, these multicultural girls find themselves and their politics unwelcome in many parts of the country. They take inspiration from their friendship and press on in their campaign, even as Farah’s efforts on both political and sexual fronts are continuously thwarted.