DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Facing The Dragon

pow film fest 2019

 

POW Film Fest is Portland’s premiere film festival showcasing films directed by women. Now in its 12th year, the festival features the work of some of today’s top women directors, while honoring the true pioneers and recognizing the next generation of leading women filmmakers. Over the years POW has striven to encourage thoughtful and engaged discourse of the female perspective while heralding the need for greater parity in the film industry through the keen discerning eyes of women and non-binary film and media makers. POW was created, in part, to celebrate women in their quest to thrive and grow in the film industry.

The fest also provides space to strengthen the Portland community of women in film by offering year-round film workshops for girls and non-binary youth ages 15 -19 with their POWGirls program.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Facing The Dragon

Showtimes

Sunday, Mar 31
1:00pm

“I WAS WILLING TO PUT MYSELF OUT THERE. I WAS WITH TWO WOMEN WHO WERE HIGH PROFILE WHO WERE AT RISK AS WELL. I WASN’T SCARED IN AFGHANISTAN. I WASN’T AFRAID. I FELT THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO AND I’M WILLING TO THIS AND WITH PEOPLE THAT I LOVE. AND IF SOMETHING HAPPENED, LET IT BE QUICK. COULD I DO IT AGAIN? I DON’T KNOW.”

— SEDIKA MOJADIDI

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Facing The Dragon
Director: 
Sedika Mojadidi
Country: 
United States
Year: 
2018
Runtime: 
80 minutes

Facing the Dragon is a story that will resonate with anyone who has had to leave the homeland they love in search of a safer future for their children.  The film follows the lives of two brave Afghan women striving to maintain the hard-won women's rights gained since the start of the Afghan war, while living under the intense scrutiny of life in a male-dominated culture.

Nilofar, an elected parliamentary politician, and Shakila, a television reporter/journalist for Tolo TV, walk the dangerous line of being an outspoken woman in a world where their adversaries would prefer they remain hidden behind burqa's. In the film, the Taliban are making a comeback and, these women increasingly find they must fear for their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, as they point a laser light on the uneven and unfair practices of a weak government. Each woman must make a difficult personal choice to protect their families.

Their heroic strength, perseverance, and faith get them through the trials and loneliness they experience in their separate journey's for a better life, for their families and their beloved homeland.

Special Admission

Student $7.00

General Admission $9.00

All Access Pass $40.00

Available in Advance or at the door.