The 2019 Athena Film Festival opened on Thursday, February 28th with the New York Premiere of Fast Color, a film about a superhero who is forced to run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Ticket and pass holders were also granted admission to the opening night party hosted at E's Bar.

The festival continued throughout the weekend to showcase even more fierce and fearless women leaders featured in inspirational films like On the Basis of Sex, the 2014 Athena List screenplay winner about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early years fighting for women's rights, On Her Shoulders, a film that tells the brave and incredible story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped from ISIS, and Ask For Jane, the true story of determined women in the 1960s who quietly provided the phone number of a reliable abortion doctor to women in need.

In addition to films, the festival had an activism booth and several amazing workshops and panels. At the Awards Reception on Friday, awards were presented to Cameron Bailey, Desiree Akhavan, Marielle Heller, and Nina Shaw ’76. The festival concluded with a bang when U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attended as a panelist to support the closing night film and the New York premiere of Knock Down the House on Sunday, March 3rd.

More memorable moments are in Highlight Reel | Barnard College's Athena Film Festival Wraps 2019 on an Empowering Note