Feb 22: Woman At War film and discussion

Kicking off the 2019 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival will be Woman At War, an amazing Icelandic film about activism, about family, about courage, about competence, and about compassion.  It is at once stirring, contemplative, and humorous.

"Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice?” 
                                                – Jay Weissberg, Variety 

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.

6:30 at McConomy Auditorium in CMU's Cohon University Center.  Panel discussion (including yours truly) and reception following the film.  

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