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In honor of Women’s History Month (and in recognition of the fact that it's a tough time to be a feminist film fan), we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate the films we love and the women who have shaped the film industry.

We've invited programmers and community partners to share the films that influenced them as feminists, and have curated a selection of films that feature women in front of the camera and behind it. We aim to celebrate the contributions that women have made, and continue to make, to the film industry, while acknowledging the ongoing need for intersectional advocacy on behalf of marginalized voices in the film industry, specifically trans and nonbinary filmmakers and filmmakers of color.


The Gentleman Bank Robber

Friday, March 9, 7:30 PM

Director Julie Perini in attendance!

A portrait of revolutionary rita bo brown, a white working class butch from rural Oregon who became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers. The film moves between everyday moments with bo in and around her current home in Oakland, California, and historical …

Chasing Grace


Sunday, March 25, 7:00 PM

The premiere screening event for episode one of The Chasing Grace Project: Eighty Twenty. This first episode in the docuseries about women in tech focuses on the pay gap and shines a light on its financial impact over a lifetime but also on the emotional toll the pay gap can have on women. The film takes the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster ride, putting adversity under the microscope and sha…


Barbara Kopple Double Feature

Saturday, March 10, 7:00 PM

The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival (POW Film Fest) is proud to present A Night with Barbara Kopple. Join the festival in meeting the 2018 Guest of Honor Barbara Kopple as she screens two of her films, HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A. and MISS SHARON JONES , and discusses her life and career with Portland filmmaker & PSU Assistant Professor …



Saturday, March 10, 4:30 PM

POW Film Festival is pleased to co-present with Women Sports Festival this feature documentary about freedom and identity.

At the age of 4, Maria Toorpakai’s parents discover her yearning to play outside with her brothers, so they allow her to dress as boy and name her “Genghis Khan,” permitting Maria to be free in a the Waziristan …



Monday, March 26, 7:30 PM

Join us for a special benefit screening with NXT LVL PDX! Learn about NXT LVL’s work and hear from collective members. NXT LVL is a collective of womxn who throw parties and events to raise money and awareness for social justice via solidarity economy. A portion of the proceeds from this event will support Trans Lifeline

TANGERINE (2015): Transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella, who has just finish…


Broadcast News

Monday, March 5, 7:30 PM

A high-functioning news producer (Holly Hunter) finds herself strangely attracted to a vapid anchorman even though she loathes everything he personifies. To make matters worse, her best friend, a talented but not particularly telegenic news reporter, is secretly in love with her. 

Presented by local writer Courtenay Hameister, author of the Portland Mercury column "What's She Mad About Now?…

9 to 5 (2018)

Monday, March 19, 7:30 PM

Three female secretaries - the power trio of Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton - decide to get revenge on their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss by abducting him and running the business themselves. 

Presented by Portland comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, best known for her series BITCH PLANET, a feminist riff on the exploitation genre, and for her popul…


Faces Places

Sunday, March 11, 7:30 PM

89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck, meeting loc…



Saturday, March 24, 2:00 PM
Molly, the eldest child at a baby farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of. Molly leads her little flock of orphans out through the alligator-infested swamp.

Starring Mary Pickford (Molly), Roy Stewart (Dennis Wayne), Mary Louise Miller (baby Doris Wayne) and Gustav von Seyffertitz as the evil Mr. Grimes.

Born in 1892, …


Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Sunday, March 11, 2:00 PM
We’re proud to present this new documentary about legendary actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr!

BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (2017): When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamarr decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpe…

It Came From Outer Space with Kathleen Hughes

Saturday, March 31, 6:00 PM

A 35mm 3D print, with actress Kathleen Hughes in attendance for a post screening Q&A! 

While looking through his telescope one night, John Putnam (Richard Carlson) sees what at first appears to be a meteor shower - but it is actually a crash-landing alien spaceship! After investigating the crater from the impact, John informs the town sheriff …


Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 PM
Inspired by the real life of singer/songwriter Alyssa Robbins, BECKS follows a musician who moves back to her childhood home in St. Louis after a crushing breakup with her longtime girlfriend. While performing for tips at a local tavern and struggling to reconnect with her ultra-Catholic mother, she strikes up a unique friendship with the wife of an old nemesis. Becks begins to discover her music…

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed

Monday, March 12, 7:30 PM

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress. In 1972, she was the first African American of either gender to seek a major party's presidential nomination, and the first woman to run as a Democrat. CHISHOLM '72 takes a close look at her presidential run, providing interviews with Chisholm and the dedicated individuals who worked on her groundbreakin…


Woman Power 6

Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 PM

Our yearly series paying tribute to vintage TV shows about empowered women gives you a magnificent triple feature: 

First up, late '70s Sid & Marty Krofft produced-Saturday morning live action serial ELECTRA WOMAN AND DYNA GIRL, about a crime-fighting duo with highly advanced gadgetry and alter egos who work from a secret cave.  This episode, they must thwart Glitter Rock, a maniacal glam star…


Bend It Like Beckham

Sunday, March 18, 1:00 PM
Saturday, March 17, 1:00 PM

Presented in 35mm!

18-year-old Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra) wants nothing more than to play soccer, but her parents (Anupam Kher, Shaheen Khan), strict Punjabi Sikhs, won't allow her to join a team. When Jess is playing for fun one day in a London park, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley), who convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. Jess must use elaborate excus…


Demon Lover Diary

Thursday, March 15, 7:30 PM

A rare screening of the cult documentary, introduced by filmmaker Kelly Reichardt (MEEK'S CUTOFF, WENDY & LUCY, CERTAIN WOMEN)!

Don and Jerry, factory workers who grew up on comic books and B-movies, are fulfilling a lifetime dream: they’re producing their own low-budget horror movie. Jeff and Joel, lovers and cinema-verité filmmakers, and a friend of theirs named Mark have c…