One Woman One Vote Film Festival

One Woman One Vote Film Festival

Your Power For Change

One Woman One Vote Film Festival (July 1-November 3, 2020) is presented by the 2020 OWOV Festival and Women Make Movies, in partnership with the Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival, produced by UN Women USA, Gulf Coast Chapter.

The nationwide festival is a commemoration of the 19th Amendment Centennial (1920-2020) winning women the vote in the United States. These films ensure women's voices are front and center and encourage and inspire women everywhere to use their power for change. For more about OWOV:


In order to view the films, please register here. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with the link and password to the festival website. 


The following films are available for viewing for the duration of the festival:

PATSY MINK: Ahead of the Majority (2008)

PATSY MINK: Ahead of the Majority (2008) directed by Kimberlee Bassford

In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the United States Congress. Seven years later, she ran for the US presidency and was the driving force behind Title IX, the landmark legislation that transformed women’s opportunities in higher education and athletics.


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LADONNA HARRIS: Indian 101 (2014)

LADONNA HARRIS: Indian 101 (2014) directed by Julianna Brannum (Comanche) chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris and the role that she has played in Native and mainstream America history since the 1960s. In this new verite style documentary, Brannum, the great niece of Harris, celebrates her life and the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native people and her contemporary work to strengthen and rebuild indigenous communities and train emerging Native leaders around the world. 


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MAGGIE GROWLS (2002), directed by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, is a portrait of the amazing, canny, lusty, charming and unstoppable Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995), who founded the Gray Panthers (the nation’s leading progressive senior advocacy organization) in 1970 after being forced to retire from a job she loved at the age of 65. Her outrage and determination fueled a political chain reaction that forever changed the lives of older Americans, repealing mandatory retirement laws and proving that “old” is not a dirty word. 

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STEP BY STEP: Building a Feminist Movement (1998)

STEP BY STEP: Building a Feminist Movement (1998) by Joyce Follet;

Proving beyond a doubt that feminism began well before the 1960s, and that its players were not just the white middle class, this inspiring film follows the lives of eight Midwestern women, six of whom became founders of NOW. Set against a backdrop of decades of war, prosperity and reform, their stories beautifully illustrate the continuity and diversity of 20th-century feminism, as the participants describe the labor, civil rights, and political movements of the '40s and '50s that led them to take independent action for women.


SUFFRAGETTES IN THE SILENT CINEMA (2003) directed by Kay Sloan.

Taking advantage of the powerful new medium, early filmmakers on both sides of the contentious issue of suffrage used film to create powerful propaganda and images about women. Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema contains clips from many films from the era, including: A Lively Affair (1912); A Busy Day (1914), which stars a young Charlie Chaplin in drag portraying a suffragist; and the pro-suffragist film, What 80 Million Women Want (1913), which includes an eloquent speech from president of the Women’s Political Union, Harriet Stanton Blatch. Silent films may have passed into history, and their representations of feminists abandoning babies or stealing bicycles to attend suffragette meetings may now seem outrageous, but the struggle for gender equality and the issues surrounding representations of women in the media remain as fascinating, engaging, and relevant as ever.


MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING: Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama (2009)

MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING: Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama (2009), directed by C.A. Griffith and H.L.T. Quan offers the gift of these two remarkable women’s lives, sharing the pair’s recorded exchanges in 1996 and 2008. The film’s unique format honors the scope and depth of their knowledge on topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese American internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s and gay liberation movements, to today’s campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform. Intercut with compelling period footage, Davis and Kochiyama’s cogent observations, keen analyses, and steadfast resolve to create a more equitable, humane world offer inspiring lessons in empowerment and community building for current and future generations.


YURI KOCHIYAMA: Passion for Justice (1994)

YURI KOCHIYAMA: Passion for Justice (1994) directed by Pat Saunders and Rea Tajiri.

Yuri Kochiyama was a Japanese American woman who lived in Harlem for more than 40 years and had a long history of activism on a wide range of issues. Through extensive interviews with family and friends, archival footage, music and photographs, YURI KOCHIYAMA chronicles this remarkable woman’s contribution to social change through some of the most significant events of the 20th century, including the Black Liberation movement, the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, and the Japanese American Redress movement. In an era of divided communities and racial conflict, Kochiyama offered an outstanding example of an equitable and compassionate multiculturalist vision.

HEATHER BOOTH: Changing the World (2016)

HEATHER BOOTH: Changing the World (2016) directed by Lilly Rivlin;

Renowned organizer and activist Heather Booth began her remarkable career at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Through her life and work, this inspiring film explores many of the pivotal moments in progressive movements that altered our history over the last fifty years, from her involvement with Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Summer Project, to her founding of the JANE Underground in 1964, to her personal relationships with respected leaders such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Featuring interviews from close friends, clients, political colleagues and current Midwest Academy students, HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD explores Heather’s legacy in progressive politics and organizing. 


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CHISHOLM '72: Unbought and Unbossed (2004)

CHISHOLM '72: Unbought and Unbossed (2004) directed by Shola Lynch.

This compelling documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first to seek nomination for the highest office in the land.


There will be a special screening of this film in September and this film will be streaming for the month.

Special Online National Screening Events

The following films are special screenings and will only available on certain days.

Wonder Women! (2012)

WONDER WOMEN! (2012) directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
WONDER WOMEN! traces the fascinating birth, evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls, both on screen and off.
Film and Zoom Panel Discussion: Sept 3rd at 6:00pm.


COUNCILWOMAN (2020) directed by Margo Guernsey  
COUNCILWOMAN is the inspiring story of Carmen Castillo, an immigrant Dominican housekeeper in a Providence hotel who wins a seat in City Council, taking her advocacy for low-income workers from the margins to city politics. The film follows Castillo’s first term as she balances her full-time day job as a housekeeper with her family life and the demands of public office.
Film and Zoom Panel Discussion: Sept 24 at 6pm.

Without a Whisper (2020)

WITHOUT A WHISPER (2020) directed by Katsitsionni Fox
WITHOUT A WHISPER – KONNON:KWE uncovers the hidden history of the profound influence Indigenous women had on the beginnings of the women’s rights movement in the United States. The film follows Mohawk Clan Mother Louise Herne and Professor Sally Roesch Wagner as they embark on a journey to shed light on this untold story, reclaim native women’s power, and correct the established history of the women’s rights movement in the United States.
There will be a special screening of this film in October 2020. 


About:  2020 ONE WOMAN, ONE VOTE FESTIVAL ( is a collaboration with national organizations and cultural institutions to present concerts, exhibitions, films, and events to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment.  Between now and November 2020, working with our national partners, we are presenting film screenings, multi-media exhibitions, public symposia, theatre, and music to both celebrate and empower women for the future. The  One Woman One Vote Film Festival ( is a curated collection of films to celebrate and educate communities about the diversity of women in politics and leadership. @2020owovfest


About: WOMEN MAKE MOVIES ( is  the world's leading distributor of independent films by and about women, WMM  amplifies historically ignored voices and challenges the mainstream media. WMM supports women producers and directors from the beginning, planting the seeds for a diverse and inclusive filmmaking landscape.  Their acclaimed collection of nearly 700 films is used by thousands of cultural, educational and community organizations across North America and throughout the world working in collaboration with international film festivals, national broadcasters, and local community groups to deliver media that enriches public dialogue and changes lives. A long-standing commitment to diversity shows in their catalog, more than half of which is produced by women from different cultures, as well as by LGBTQI women, older women, women with disabilities, and women of color. @womenmakemovies