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The Zonta Film Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the most courageous and thought-provoking films we’ve ever shown.

Waterloo Region - New this year is the Zonta Film Festival Directors’ Lunch, where guests will meet the filmmakers of at least three of this year’s lineup. Lunch at Proof Kitchen and Lounge in Waterloo at noon on Nov. 18 will be followed by an engaging and interactive Q&A.

Seven carefully selected films this year range from an historical look at the modern women’s movement to looking at women from Costa Rica who come together to face adversity, to a daughter trying to understand and document her mother’s homelessness and addiction issues.

A Small Section of the World 
Women in an isolated Costa Rican village create financial sustainability and new opportunities for their families, by becoming pioneers with their coffee business.

CODEGIRL
Follow the journeys of teams of high school girls around the world, engaged in the global app-writing contest called Technovation Challenge, as they go from idea stage to the app pitch at the 2015 finals in San Francisco.

It Was Rape
“It wasn’t bad sex, it wasn’t a mistake, it wasn’t my fault – it was rape” Diverse stories of sexual assault, that puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive.

Mom & Me
 A story about addiction, homelessness and despair but it is also a story about a daughter and her mom, the power of hope and the tenacity of love. Meet the Director, Lena MacDonald, at the post-film Q&A 

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
A flashback to the U.S. women’s liberation movement in the ‘60’s and ‘70s, that shows despite notable gains, the clock seems to be turning backward on many of the issues fought more than 40-odd years ago. Meet the Director, Mary Dore, at the post-film Q&A.

The Empowerment Project
The incredible journey of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.

Vessel
The story of a network of emboldened, informed activists around the world, working at the cutting edge of global reproductive rights.

New this year is the Zonta Film Festival Directors’ Lunch, where guests will meet the filmmakers of at least three of this year’s lineup. Lunch at Proof Kitchen and Lounge in Waterloo at noon on Nov. 18 will be followed by an engaging and interactive Q&A. The Zonta Film Festival is an opportunity to showcase female filmmakers production films that promote advocacy and education of human rights. It is a fundraiser for local women’s charities and non-profits in the Waterloo Region, hosted by the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo. Tickets are $15 each or $65 for an all access festival pass, which includes an opening reception November 17 at 5:30 p.m.     
To date, we have confirmed three producer/directors will host their films at the Zonta Film Festival. They will be available for an interactive Q and A following their screenings.

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