The Films: 2009

This season’s program of nine selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling - by, for and about women.

The total run time of this season's program is just under 90 minutes.

Please Note: Films are not formally rated, however, some content is not appropriate for children. We recommend that viewers be age 16+.


A tour of the Patina V Mannequin Factory in the City of Industry, outside of LA.

Big Girl

Playfully competing with Mom’s new boyfriend, nine-year-old Josephine learns that letting people in can lead to wonderful things.

Fim-de-Semana (Weekend)

A country house. A weekend. A family. Time goes by. Silence prevails.

Grappling Girls

Ladies are making their way into one of the world’s oldest sports – and even taking on the guys.


A transgender individual prepares for reconstructive surgery and reflects on what is left behind and what the future holds.

Kuna Ni Nanang (My Mother Said)

Elena Bautista reflects on her 100 years of life.

My First Crush

A playful animation about awkward moments and young romance.

Red Wednesday

Nine-year-old Sholeh attempts to revive her ailing mother with a Zoroastrian fire celebration.

Sarah in the Dark

The little voice in Sarah's head has been let loose for too long.

The Ladies

Sisters Vali and Mimi reflect on their craft, the importance of family and their creative spirits.