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02.06.1412:36 PM ET

Athena Film Fest Celebrates Female Cineastes

Starting tonight at Barnard College.

Now in its fourth year of honoring the voices of exceptional women in film, the 2014 Athena Film Festival, sponsored by Artemis Rising Foundation, starts today and runs through February 9. Hosted by Barnard College,  the four-day New York event features a diverse range of films that celebrate inspiring women – from narrative and documentary films to shorts. The Athena Film Festival also includes discussions and panels with the directors, producers, and actors behind the films.

The festival kicks off with the New York premiere of Belle – the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-raced daughter of a British naval officer in the 18th century, who ultimately helps to abolish slavery in England.

Notable films throughout the weekend include: The Red Pill, directed by academy nominee Lucy Walker, Decoding Annie Parker,starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, directed by Pratihba Parmar, and the shorts #SlutWalkNYC directed by Therese Schecter, and A Kiss For Gabriela, the story of Gabriela Leite, the first sex worker to run for Congress in Brazil.

Interested in an All-Access Passes to the entire Athena Film Festival? Email [email protected].