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Bringing women together: LUNAFEST film festival coming to Tahoe City

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — LUNAFEST — the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities — is coming to North Lake Tahoe.

Local nonprofit Girls on the Run-Sierras will host the film festival at the Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema in Tahoe City on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Celebrate the 15th year of this award-winning film festival with short documentary films filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor.

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through six short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama and cover topics such as women's health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

Children and adults will enjoy French filmmaker Sarah Saidan's animation, "Beach Flags," which features a young Iranian lifeguard who learns about teamwork in an international competition.

In addition to Beach Flags, the 5:30 p.m. family screening includes two other short films, "Boxeadora" and "Balsa Wood."

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Oakland filmmaker Meg Smakera's Boxeadora features a 38-year old Cuban Olympic hopeful who has trained in secret as a boxer. Balsa Wood is a light-hearted story about two mixed-race siblings visiting their extended Filipino family.

The 7:30 p.m. adult screening includes all six films (90 minutes) as well as a silent auction.

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit Girls on the Run-Sierras and the Breast Cancer Fund. Girls on the Run-Sierras is a local youth development program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experience-based program that creatively integrates running.

Visit GirlsontheRunSierras.org to learn more.

If you go

What: LUNAFEST women’s film festival

Featuring: Six films: Balsa Wood, Beach Flags, Boxeadora, Finding June, First World Problems and Raising Ryland

When: Doors at 5 p.m.; family showing at 5:30, adult showing at 7:30

Where: Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema, 475 North Lake Blvd. Tahoe City

More online: lunafest.org/tahoecity