2011 San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival Announces Opening Night Film

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Ugandan Director Raymonde Provencher's documentary, GRACE, MILLY, LUCY...CHILD SOLDIERS is the opening night film for the 2011 San Francisco International Women's Film Festival.

Women’s Film Institute has just unveiled the opening night film of the 2011 San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival (SFIWFF). The 7th Annual 2011 San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival runs April 6-10 at the Roxie Theatre. The opening night film is a documentary from Uganda and is just one example of a diverse array of films that was submitted and selected by the Women’s Film Institute to screen during this year’s festival. “Unveiling films from around the globe, creating a larger conversation and forum for local to global issues raised through the power of independent filmmaking is the mission of the Women’s Film Institute,” states Scarlett Shepard, the Executive Director of the Women’s Film Institute.

San Francisco International Women’s Film festival opens the festival this year with Raymonde Provencher's documentary, GRACE, MILLY, LUCY...CHILD SOLDIERS. The documentary exposes the gripping first-hand accounts of Grace Akallo, Milly Auma, and Lucy Lanyero. Grace, Milly and Lucy who were among the thousands of young girls brutally abducted from Ugandan villages, and trained to fight and kill for the Lord's Resistance Army, a notorious rebel group, and forced into a life of warfare and slavery. More information about the opening night film and other films being screened during the festival can be found by visiting:

http://sfiwff.slated.com/2011/schedule/week.

The opening night reception for the 2011 San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival will take place on April 6, 2011 at Mission Workshop from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Those who present their opening night ticket to the film festival will be admitted to the opening night event. Following the reception, the opening night film GRACE, MILLY, LUCY...CHILD SOLDIERS will screen at 8 pm at the Roxie Theater.

About San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival

Presented by the Women’s Film Institute, San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival has a long tradition of providing San Francisco residents some of the best films directed and co- directed by women from all over the world. The Festival was founded in 2004 to celebrate the achievements of women working behind the camera in film, from the earliest days of cinema up to the present, and to raise awareness about the need for more opportunities for women filmmakers. Each spring, the Festival presents a week of film screenings and other events that showcase and honor films directed or co-directed by women. http://www.womensfilminstitute.com

About Women’s Film Institute

Women’s Film Institute was founded by Scarlett Shepard in 2005. The Institute supports, promotes and celebrates films directed and co-directed by women. Through its filmmaking training program for young women (Generation HERstory), the annual San Francisco International Film Festival, Women’s Film Institute Shorts Tour, and a variety of film screenings and educational programs, the Institute is making a difference for women in film and media.

Women’s Film Institute is a fiscally sponsored project of Independent Arts & Media, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to independent voices. Independent Arts & Media supports individuals, projects and organizations that build community through media, journalism, the arts and culture. http://www.womensfilminstitute.com
Media Contacts:
Jewell Sparks (310) 734-8159
jewell(at)womensfilminstitute(dot)com

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