The Films: 2011

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+.

Getting a Grip

Meet Fannie Barnes who became the first woman cable car operator in January 1998 – at age 52.


Ninety-two-year-old Irene suffers from Alzheimer’s, but struggles to keep her independence.

Love on the Line

Follow the dots and dashes when star-crossed lovers curbed their raging hormones via the quickest form of communication available: the telegraph.

Miracle Lady

A tale of two old women who spend their days waiting.

Mother of Many

The most dangerous journey sometimes needs a helping hand -- a midwife.

The Translator

A foreign film translator finds her story on a subway line.

Thembi’s Diary

Nineteen-year-old Thembi records an audio diary of her struggle to live with AIDS.

Tightly Knit

A new generation of yarn bombers and social knitters discover that the ties that bind are sometimes made of wool.

Top Spin

With hard work and family sacrifice, a young table tennis champion works towards becoming one of the top players in the world.


Two women make an unusual connection while waiting for a train.