Urbandale Public Library/Women's History Month Film Festival


In honor of Women’s History Month, join us March 22 – 24 for a special film festival featuring stories of strong women told through classic and contemporary films!  For ages 17 and up.

Saturday’s session be introduced by Dina Smith, Ph.D, Associate Professor of English, Drake University.

Free popcorn and snacks will be provided.  Feel free to bring your own refreshments (no alcohol please).




Thursday, March 22 @ 6:00 p.m.

He Named Me Malala (88 minutes, PG-13, 2015)

Written by Malala Yousafzai and inspired by the book I Am Malala.  An intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, a young girl who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.  Winner of the 2015 San Diego Film Festival Gala Award and the 2015 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Documentary.


Friday, March 23 @ 1:00 p.m.

Wadjda (98 minutes, PG, 2012)

Written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, Wadjda is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director.  The story follows a determined 10-year-old Saudi girl and her quest to buy a bicycle.  She enters her school’s Koran recitation competition in hopes of winning the money she needs.  Critically acclaimed and winner of numerous awards, including the Alliance of Women Film Journalists Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry award; the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film; Best Film and Best Actress Awards from the Dubai Film Festival; and the Los Angeles Film Festival Best International Feature.


Saturday, March 24

9:30 a.m.  Pat and Mike (95 minutes, NR, 1952)

George Cukor directed Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in this film about a woman (Hepburn) who is a sports sensation unless her domineering fiancé is around.  Her new manager (Tracy) keeps them apart and develops feelings for her.  Pat and Mike was the seventh of nine films co-starring Hepburn and Tracy.

11:15 a.m.  Love and Basketball (118 minutes, PG-13, 2000)

Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, this film follows a young African-American couple from childhood through adulthood as they navigate the tricky paths of romance and athletics.  Winner of a BET Award for Best Actress (Sanaa Lathan); an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay; and numerous Black Reel awards, including Best Film, Best Soundtrack, Best Actress, and Best Director.

1:30 p.m.  Bend it Like Beckham (112 minutes, PG-13, 2003)

Directed by Gurinder Chada, Bend it Like Beckham tells the story of young girl who is torn between adhering to her family traditions and attaining super-stardom on the soccer field.  Winner of a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film; an ESPY Award for Best Sports Film; and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film-Wide Release.

 3:30 p.m.  Whip It! (111 minutes, PG-13, 2009)

Drew Barrymore directed and starred in the story of a a small-town teenager with a big dream: to find her own path in the world. Tired of following in her family’s footsteps of compliance and conformity, she discovers a way to put her life on the fast track by landing a spot on a roller derby team.


Sunday, March 25

1:05 p.m.  Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (79 minutes, NR, 2012)

Written and directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards, this documentary explores the evaluation and legacy of Wonder Woman and other female heroines in the male-dominated superhero genre from the 1940s through today.  Features interviews with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, and Gloria Steinem.

2:30 p.m. Wonder Woman (141 minutes, PG-13, 2017)

An American superhero film based on the DC Comics character and directed by Patty Jenkins.  Voted Best Action Movie by the Broadcast Film Association, winner of the Impact award from the Chicago Independent Film Critics