Win free tickets to the Athena Film Festival!

Do you like movies by and about women? Do you like movies about women who lead, and make change, and break down barriers? Then you’re going to love this year’s Athena Film Festival. The festival, now in its second year, is a collaboration between Women and Hollywood and the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College.

Over three days this February, the festival will screen a number of movies, documentaries and shorts on the theme of women’s leadership. The lineup of screenings is wonderful, and includes Gloria: In Her Own Words and The Lady, the new Aung San Suu Kyi biopic. Check out the full program here.

The festival program also includes two free workshops for filmmakers, and a sneak preview of the documentary based on Nicholas Kristof and Sherly Wu Dunn’s bestselling book Half The Sky.

We are giving away five free tickets to the February 12 screening of Circumstance, a 2011 Sundance Audience Award winner written and directed by Maryan Keshavarz. Circumstance is about the love affair of two sixteen-year-old Iranian girls starkly, demonstrating the danger faced by anyone who dares to who challenge the fundamentalist morality imposed by the Iranian regime.

In order to win your ticket, tell us in comments by the end of today (EST): What one movie character would you want to have dinner with, and why?

I, for example, would have dinner with Scott Hastings, from the Australian classic Strictly Ballroom. Well, dinner and dancing. Because I love a man with a big… Barrel jump. What about you?

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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