Film festival to empower women and enrich their lives; Movies by, for and about women

Luna Film Festival in Macomb County
Posted at 1:32 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 13:32:08-04

The Luna Film Festival is coming to Mt. Clemens to enrich women's lives with 9 though provoking short films. Click the video player to see JoAnne Purtan's interview on 7 Action News at Noon.

It's all part of an effort by the Turning Point shelter in Mt. Clemens to  observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Here's what Turning Point says about the event:

"Turning Point Macomb stands by and for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  While not always the case, most victims are women and children.  Through a series of films meant to empower and enrich women's lives, Turning Point will present LUNAFEST 2017."

The event takes place one day only Thursday April 27th at the Emerald theater on 31 N Walnut, in Mt. Clemens.It runs from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  You can find ticket information at

"LUNAFEST is a celebration of women's empowerment through story telling…Similarly, Turning Point's mission is to empower survivors by listening to their stories and providing a safe place for them to rediscover their strengths," says Suzanne Coats, Turning Point CEO.

Turning Point will offer the following 2017 LUNAFEST FILMS:

Another Kind of Girl by Khaldiya Jibawi - A 17-year-old girl meditates on how her refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage.

Free to Laugh by Lara Everly - A documentary that explores the power of comedy after prison.

Ninera by Diane Weipert - A story that looks at the bitter irony many nannies face: raising the children of strangers with their own children virtually left to raise themselves.

Partners by Joey Ally - Professional and life partners must confront how intertwined their lives have become.

The Third Dad by Theresa Moerman Ib - Ten years after breaking all ties with her father, a daughter sets out to find his grave - and redemption.

Join the Club by Eva Vives - A writer's dilemma of whether or not to join a networking club unfolds during one therapy session.

The Honeys and the Bears by Veena Rao - Members of a synchronized swim team for seniors describe the freedom of the water.

Family Tale by Dr. Patricia Beckmann-Wells - Through love, loss and determination, the definition of a family is rewritten.

Nkosi Coiffure by Frederike Migon - After a fight with her boyfriend in the street, a woman escapes into a hair salon in Brussels.