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Festival featuring films by and about women comes to Cambridge

Posted by Brock Parker  March 12, 2012 02:33 PM

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In "No Look Pass," former Harvard basketball star Emily Tay strives to play professional basketball while coming out as a lesbian." Submitted photo by Melissa Johnson.

Stories of local and international women will be highlighted in an independent film festival in Cambridge later this month.

Cambridge-based nonprofit organization Women, Action & the Media, or WAM!, is hosting the WAM! Boston Film Festival at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square on Saturday, March 24.

The festival will feature the Boston premiere of “No Look Pass,” a 2011 film about former Harvard basketball star Emily Tay who strives to play professional basketball while coming out as a lesbian.

Another film, “A Moment in Her Story” focuses on a wave of feminism that spread across the United States in 1968 and features interviews with activists from Cambridge and Boston.

The festival will also feature animated and experimental short films, as well as a film about the plight of Afghan women seeking social change. A question and answer session with the filmmakers will be held after each screening.

The festival is part of a larger international series of WAM! events during the last week of March, designed to foster gender justice in media. Co-sponsors of the event include the Cambridge Women’s Commission, MIT Women’s and Gender Studies, and Women in Film and Video New England. Funding for this festival has been provided by the Cambridge Arts Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The festival will run from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, in the Brattle Theatre at 40 Brattle St. Tickets range from $5 to $8 per screening or $20 for an all-day pass. More information is available at http://womenactionmedia.org/bostonfilmfest.

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