Rose Mapendo – Susan Sarandon “CNN Hero” at WIFF

Rose Mapendo is the subject of the feature documentary Pushing the Elephant

The Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, (WIFF) now in its 3rd day is excited to announce the attendance of, Rose Mapendo, the subject of the feature documentary Pushing the Elephant, that will be screened on Saturday, April 2nd, 7 pm at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center. Pushing the Elephant chronicles the life of Rose Mapendo who lost her family and home in the 1990’s to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged advocating forgiveness and reconciliation.

Rose Mapendo was acknowledged by actress and human rights advocate Susan Sarandon as a “CNN Hero”.

7:00 PM  Saturday, April 2 at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center
screens with…
Bloody Mary | Yasmina Aidi


Women’s Film Festival Workshop

Hello Icy readers. We invite you to join WIFF for the Film industry workshops on Saturday, April 2 from 9:30 am

The line-up for Saturday, April 2nd includes 3 workshops. The first by; Gregory Allen Howard, the writer of “Remember the Titans” starring Denzel Washington and “Ali” starring Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Workshop Title:  “True Story To Screen” 9:30 am to 12:30 pm At the AMC Aventura 19501 Biscayne Blvd. Miami


JoMarie Payton from the 1990’s sitcom “Family Matters” Workshop title: Children’s Acting Workshop with JoMarie Payton Saturday, April 2, 10:45 am


Screen Actors Guild Workshop: “Everything you ever wanted to know about SAG Low Budget

Contracts” Saturday, April 2, 12:30 pm

Habana Eva: Film Screening


Hello. Icy readers we invite you to join us in screening for the first time at WIFF,  HABANA EVA Winning the Best Picture Award at the New York International Latino Film Festival, Habana Eva is about Eva, a seamstress in a sweat shop who dreams of becoming a fashion designer and own a room to marry her longtime partner Angel, an indolent yet charming Islander. Her destiny changes when she meets Jorge a handsome Venezuelan, who visits Cuba with a more ambitious project than shooting photos for a book. Eva falls for him and she will have to decide whether to continue with her Cuban boyfriend or leave with the foreigner.

8:30 PM     Fri, Apr 01
Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center




Get Real Wise Women Speak!

Hello icy readers, if you are in South Florida would like to invite you to join the Women’s International Film and Arts Festival tonight for Get Real Wise Women Speak!

7:00 PM     Thursday, Mar 31 at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center
screens with…
UNDERESTIMATED | Michele Ervin 2009
deadbeat | Brenda Lee Lau 2010

Get Real! Wise Women Speak features extraordinary women who are using their time and talent to benefit the world. Nobel laureates, indigenous elders, artists, grandmothers, scientists, activists, and educators speak about their journey to the wise woman years and the inner fire that propels them to make the most of their wisdom and experience.


Women showcased in the feature-length documentary include: Jane Fonda, Della Reese, Marianne Williamson, former Essence Magazine editor Susan L. Taylor, poet Nikki Giovanni, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo, and Nobel Laureate Jody Williams. Also featured are Indigenous elders Agnes Baker Pilgrim and Floredemayo (both of the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers), author Jean Shinoda Bolen, artist Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Stanford University expert on aging Laura Carstensen, anthropologist Angeles Arrien, ambassador Swanee Hunt, Linda Leitch, peacemaker Vivian Castleberry and dance teacher Roberta Pollard.


The film creates a vivid mosaic, weaving together ancient archetypes, modern-day stories, vibrant interviews, impressionistic re-enactments, elegant graphics and an original score of Celtic and world-influenced music. The film follows the journey a woman embarks upon as she transitions to the wise woman role, and considers the impact of spirituality, wisdom, feminine beauty, the grandmother’s role, intimacy, aging and loss, and the vibrant and powerful way older women are contributing to society.

The film implores women: Celebrate your wisdom and experience and use it to make the world a better place! In the words of wise woman Tenzin Palmo, “If I don’t do it, who will?”


Lunch Film Screening and Panel
12:00 PM
The Women’s International Film Festival’s mission is to
empower women’s artistic vision and to address issues that
affect women on a global level. This one hour open discussion
with experts on the subject matter will address how
widespread this global business is and what steps can be
taken to prevent and curtail it.
“Sold in America” | USA | 10 MIN
Sold In America immerses us into the world of sex trafficking
through the stories of three survivors who are today’s voices
against modern-day slavery. Maria’s is the earliest documented
case of sex trafficking in the country.
Hollywood Beach Culture & Community Center
1301 S Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33020
t. 954.921.3600