ruth-e.-carter__web.jpgReturning for the ninth year, Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) features a stellar lineup of films and offers an educational component.

This year’s feature films tackle politically charged issues such as immigration (Greencard Warriors), rape and redemption (Brave Miss World) and HIV/AIDS infecting those over 50 years old (Even Me). Overall, there are more than 50 films to see during the five-day festival, which runs from March 26-30. Film genres from action to short documentary are offered.

Brave Miss World filmmaker Cecilia Peck (daughter of To Kill a Mocking Bird’s Gregory Peck) on March 30 is expected to talk about how and why she made the documentary about Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil, who was abducted and raped in Milan, Italy two months before being crowned Miss World in 1998.

Workshops on filmmaking, working with A-list stars and culling a wardrobe for a film are among those not to miss. Costume designer Ruth Carter will talk about this area of film-making that often gets overlooked but is an essential component. Carter received Academy Award nominations for Best Costume Design for Malcolm X and Amistad and recently worked on Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Created by Yvonne McCormack – Lyons in 2005, WIFF is a cultural event featuring films, visual and performance arts and other artistic expressions by women. It is one of only two festivals in the Southeastern United States specifically dedicated to women. The events bring together women from all over the world to explore, share and dialogue about issues concerning women through arts.

The festival began as a way to provide a venue to exhibit films for and about women. That one-day event presented only five films, but was extremely well received by the audience and participants.

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