Strange music, Indian women being set free, pregnant women giving birth on a golf course, a Chinese woman scuba-diving in a pool and a baby being abandoned because she is female.
These were some of the issues LunaFest addressed on March 8 in Humanities 150.
LunaFest, part of Body Acceptance Month, is a mini film festival featuring nine short films ranging in time from two minutes-34 minutes. All the films featured and were directed by women.
LunaFest has been around for six years and this is the second time the film festival has been shown on campus. The employees that work at Clif Bar and Co., the company that produces Luna Bars , have a strong connection to women’s overall health and wellbeing and work with women’s organizations such as the Breast Cancer Fund. They created LunaFest to help benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and to bring awareness to different issues faced by women.
“All the films celebrate women, their different experiences, different cultures and different ages,” said Dana Friedman, a senior advertising major and intern for Luna.
The event was a fundraiser. Tickets sold for $10 and $7 for students.
“All the money goes to charity,” Friedman said. “25 percent goes to the Breast Cancer Fund and 75 percent goes to (Feminists Address the Body, a student organization.) This is an important opportunity for people to give back to an organization on campus that has done a lot of things for body acceptance.”
LunaFest started with a reception where the approximately 50 audience members could enjoy pizza from The Sink, chips and dip from Qdoba and Luna Bars. Audience members also were presented with gift bags that had coupons and small promotional products from some of the sponsors.
The films were all very different, some very conventional and others a little abstract.
The first film “Mann Ke Manjeer