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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The San Diego Film Critics Society and the San Diego Women's History Museum present a special benefit screening of Iron Jawed Angels on Saturday August 30 at 5:00 pm at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The event is part of an annual celebration of Women's Equality Day. The film, directed by Katja von Garnier, serves up a passionate tale of the amazing efforts of fierce young suffragettes fighting for a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. The film stars Hilary Swank as Alice Paul, and Frances O'Connor Alice Burns - real-life women who challenged Congress. In 1912, Paul and Burns take the reins of the National American Women's Suffrage Association's (NAWSA) committee in Washington, D.C., where they organize a landmark parade on President Wilson's inauguration day. The march is violently disrupted by men on the sidelines. Anjelica Huston won a Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actress as one of the old guard in the women's movement. With the Democratic Convention concluding and a historic presidential election ahead, maybe this is exactly the kind of film we need to get people fired up about exercising their right to vote.

There will also be a raffle to raise funds for the San Diego Women's Film Festival , whose event is coming up October 2-5 at Reading Gaslamp. The raffle basket will contain DVDs of films directed by women as well as books, t-shirts and other movie goodies. I hope you will come out and show your support for these three non-profit organizations. Tickets are a $10 tax deductible donation. You can check out the trailer above.

You can reserve tickets by emailing me at filmclub@kpbs,org.

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