The festival is replete with current in-demand films, shorts, and documentaries—works starring bold, exemplary female leaders and their remarkable stories of resilience, courage, and fortitude.

The eighth annual Athena Film Festival will run from Thursday Feb. 22 through Sunday Feb. 25 at Barnard. The festival—co-founded in 2009 by the Barnard Athena Center for Leadership Studies alongside Women and Hollywood—is described as “a weekend dedicated to elevating female voices and stories that inspire and empower a new generation of filmmakers and individuals,” according to the festival’s website.

The festival’s guest list includes high profile names from the film industry and beyond: 70s tennis star Billie Jean King, the first elected female prime minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, and activist Gloria Steinem.

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