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RIFE 2011 - Films with Girl Power
RIFE 2011 - Films with Girl Power

All this week, I have been previewing films for this weekend's REEL Independent Film Extravaganza in Washington D.C. Today I'll be sharing films that center around women.

Saturday's 12PM opening film, Butterfly Crush, comes to RIFE all the way from Australia and New Zealand. Butterfly Crush is an up-and-coming female song and dance duo poised for success. But when one half of the duo gets involved with a cult, everything threatens to come unraveled. Director Alan Clay will be in attendance from New Zealand.

Also at 12PM on Saturday is American University graduate student Lawrence Dortch's One Punch at a Time. This nine minute short documentary follows Asia Stevenson, an 18 year old Washingtonian hoping to qualify for the first ever U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing team and compete in the 2012 Olympics.

Breaking Through the Clouds (trailer) screens on Sunday at 2PM. This documentary recounts the story of the first ever women's air derby in 1929, in which 20 women, including Amelia Earhart, raced across the sky defying expectations and stereotypes. Breaking Through the Clouds is the culmination of 13 years of work by Maryland filmmaker Heather Taylor and has already been honored with several awards.

D.C. area filmmaker Alex Footman shares the plight of a school for Afghan women in Weep Like the Water Wheel, screening at 4PM on Sunday. In war torn Afghanistan, the pursuit of education is a potentially life threatening endeavor for women. Women and teachers of the Afghan Women Council tell their stories of working for a better future for their families, communities, and country in the face of ever present danger.

RIFE takes place this Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23 at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. For more information on the festival and for ticket information, visit the website .