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Family of Woman Film Festival


Tue, Feb 27, 2018 (All day) to Sun, Mar 4, 2018 (All day)

The Family of Woman Film Festival was founded in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2008, by Friends of UNFPA Board Member, Peggy Elliott Goldwyn, to bring attention to the work of the United Nations Population Fund, which works in more than 150 countries to assure women and girls have access to reproductive health care, education and basic human rights.

The Festival presents five feature documentaries and dramatic films each year from around the world that highlight the status of women in different societies.

The Family of Woman Film Festival will also present films and speakers at Boise State University, a platinum sponsor of the Festival. The Family of Woman Film Festival will also present films and speakers at Boise State University, a platinum sponsor of the Festival. For a complete schedule as well as information on special guests, visit 

The 11th annual Family of Woman Film Festival, with the theme, Women on the Margins, announces its speakers for the 2018 Festival. Maria Cavalcanti, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pro Mujer will open the Festival with the presentation of the annual Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture for the Health and Dignity of Women at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free to the public.

The lecture was dedicated to the memory of Bonni Curran in 2013 when she was tragically killed in an accident. A physician, loving mother and wife, Curran was a prominent philanthropist committed to working on behalf of women and children around the world.

The mission of Pro Mujer is to provide poor women in Latin America with the means to build livelihoods for themselves and futures for their families through microfinance, business training and health care support. The organization currently operates in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua. Cavalcanti will speak on the 2018 Festival theme, “Women on the Margins.” 

“Maria Cavalcanti is the perfect speaker for this year’s theme,” says Festival Founder, Peggy Elliott Goldwyn. “Latin America has the highest rates of income inequality in the world. Marginalized women in the region experience overwhelming levels of gender-based violence, chronic health problems and discrimination.”

Cavalcanti has more than 25 years of professional experience advancing women and working with a wide range of business and non-profit organizations across Latin America as well as in the U.S., Western Europe and India. Visit, for more information.

The Festival will also feature two other internationally known speakers at two POV Breakfasts for donors $500 and above. Ugochi Daniels, Chief of the Humanitarian Branch of UNFPA, the UN agency for reproductive health and the rights of women, will address her work with women and their families marginalized by war and natural disasters on Thursday, March 1.

Before joining UNFPA, Daniels worked with USAID in her native Nigeria. Prior to her current assignment at UNFPA, she worked with the UNFPA adolescent program in Africa, as UNFPA Deputy Representative in Nepal, and UNFPA Representative in the Philippines, Daniels will also lead the discussion following the presentation of the Festival’s opening night film, “Mama Colonel,” Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at The Sun Valley Opera House. For more information, visit

The second POV speaker, on Friday, March 2, is Susan Sygall, a MacArthur Fellow and an internationally recognized expert in the area of international development, educational exchange and leadership programs for persons with disabilities. She is the CEO and Founder of Mobility International USA (MIUSA). Visit to learn more.

To attend the POV breakfasts, visit

The Family of Woman Film Festival will also present films at Boise State University. Boise State University is a platinum sponsor of the 2018 Family of Woman Film Festival.

For a complete schedule as well as information on special guests, and attending the POV breakfasts, visit For media inquiries, email Sabina Dana Plasse at [email protected]