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2017 Women of Wonders Film Fest

HONOLULU — Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking presents two days of films celebrating women and the stories they have to tell in the Women of Wonders Film Fest on March 1 and 2 at the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre. The festival brings together women and girl filmmakers to showcase their talent and to facilitate panel discussions on girls making movies and producing alternative narratives.

The festival offers three programs of films:

Program 1 starts with highlighting graduates of the HWF film camps, followed by a discussion “Girls Make Films.” (March 1, 4:00 PM)

Program 2 presents short films tackling issues such as self-esteem, raising “awareness about negative social media that deeply affect female adolescents,” and the fashion industry’s “standard of beauty.” A panel discussion will also follow. (March 1, 6:00 PM)

Program 3 features films produced by local filmmakers, "The Bridge," by Cindy Iodice, “Late Expectations,” by Laurie Arakaki, a film about a closeted lesbian who must tell her boyfriend the truth, “B Movie,” by Alana Bombino, a film about two elementary students with different personalities who must learn to work together to complete a project.

The night concludes with a documentary “Ovarian Psycos,” a film by Ella Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle. Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. The film explores the impact of the group’s activism, born of feminist ideals, Indigenous understanding and an urban/hood mentality, on neighborhood women and communities as they confront injustice, racism, and violence, and take back their streets one ride at a time. (March 2, 6:00 PM)

This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the Hawaiʻi Women's Legal Foundation. Seating is first-come, first-serve. For more information about the program, please visit

Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving gender equity in filmmaking and other creative media arts. We are a creative and safe space where film and media-makers connect, create, mentor, and inspire current and future generations of women to explore and pursue careers in the field of filmmaking.

Films program here:

@Honolulu Museum of Art // The Doris Duke Theater 900 South Beretania Street​

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