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Family of Women Film Festival participants, from left, Suzanne Bowles, Naima Dido and Barbara Attie, gathered in Ketchum in 2019.

The Family of Woman Film Festival will take place in September for its 13th year, after Mother Nature delivered a series of severe winter storms in recent years that created transportation challenges.

“It’s disappointing when filmgoers can’t get out of their driveways, and a big inconvenience for our filmmakers who experience flight delays and busing,” film festival founder Peggy Goldwyn said.

The festival will also have a new home at The Community Library in Ketchum.

“With the enlarged lecture room and state-of-the-art projection facilities, we will now be able to offer all films free of charge,” Goldwyn said. “In recent years, we have relied less on ticket sales because of the generous support of our donors, who will still receive reserved seating, as well as special opportunities to meet with filmmakers and speakers.”

Goldwyn said that since founding the film festival she has seen an increasing realization about how important it is to have educated women and girls take full part in society.

“More and more films are being made about this issue,” Goldwyn said. “It’s no coincidence that the least stable countries are also the ones that have provide the least rights for women.”

Boise State University, a major sponsor, will present the Family of Woman Film Festival in conjunction with the Andrus Center for Public Policy’s Women and Leadership Conference from Sept. 15-17.

The schedule at The Community Library, including the kick-off Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture, will start on Sept. 8 and run through Sept. 13.

Details regarding the film and speaker schedule will be announced over the summer. For more information, go to familyofwomanfilmfestival.org.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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