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Now in its ninth year, the Athena Film Festival continues to celebrate powerful stories by and about strong women

Sixty-seven hundred attendees feted women leaders in film at this year’s Athena Film Festival at Barnard. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York spoke at a panel following the documentary Knock Down the House, about four political newcomers running for Congress. Entertainment lawyer Nina Shaw ’76 (profiled on page 24) received the Athena Award for co-founding the activist group Time’s Up. Another Athena Award went to writer-director Marielle Heller for her depiction of a sexually confident young woman in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Writer-director Desiree Akhavan received the Breakthrough Award for The Miseducation of Cameron Post, about a teen lesbian sent to a religious “conversion” camp. Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, garnered the Leading Man Award for his promotion of women filmmakers.

1 Enthusiastic volunteers; 2 AFF co-founders Kathryn Kolbert, left, and Melissa Silverstein, right, with Athena Award winners (L-R) Cameron Bailey, Nina Shaw, Marielle Heller, and Desiree Akhavan; 3 Athena Awards; 4 Virtual Reality sponsored by Google; 5 President Beilock and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; 6 actor and  producer Alysia Reiner; 7 I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story panelists; 8 Athena Awards reception attendees; 9 activist-booth swag

Athena Film Festival

Enthusiastic volunteers

President Beilock and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Actor and  producer Alysia Reiner

I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story panelist

Athena Awards

Athena Awards reception attendees

Virtual Reality sponsored by Google

Activist booth swag

Latest IssueFall 2020

In this issue, you'll read about the alumnae healthcare workers who served on the frontlines of the pandemic, Barnard women's resilience during historic crises, a personal story on protest, the 19th Amendment reexamined, and more.