Global Girls Film Festival

BUILDing Girls 2 Women

7 Empowering Films from 5 Countries!

How Do You Feel?

Exploring themes that both empower and bring awareness to women’s issues, the short films in “How Do You Feel?” were juried, selected, and sequenced by teen girls, ages 13-15, participating in BUILDChicago’s BUILDing Girls 2 Women program.

More information on the Global Girls Film Festival Residency

Best of the Fest WINNER

Congrats to Chicago filmmaker Zanah Thirus for her film MeMaw (USA) being voted the Best of the Fest at the Global Girls Film Festival! Check out the winning film below!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

625 N. Kingsbury St. Chicago, IL 60654

Tickets: $10 Suggested Donation


3:00 pm – Opening Reception

4:00 pm – Screening of How Do You Feel?

5:20 pm – Voting begins

5:30 pm – Panel Discussion and Q&A with Youth Curators.

The Films

First Match

USA, 2011, 14min.

Dir. Olivia Newman

A determined teenage girl prepares for her first high school wrestling match where there’s much more at stake than just winning. In English.


USA, 2010, 9min.

Dir. Tchaiko Omawale

Sole finds comfort in her secret binges. She admires the beautiful and popular Jasmine, but people are never as perfect as they seem. In English.

Meet the director in a post screening Q&A!

About a Mother 

Russia, 2015, 7min.

Dir. Dina Velikovskaya

A mother finds magical ways to take care of the people she cares about.  After giving so much, she gains something extraordinary. Nonverbal.

Meet the director in a post screening Q&A!


USA, 2019, 14min.

Dir: Zanah Thirus

Jessie finds out she is pregnant the same week her grandmother is diagnosed with a terminal illness. What will they do? In English.

Chicago Premiere

Meet the director in a post screening Q&A!

You’re Welcome

Switzerland/Germany/Austria, 2017 9min.

Dir: Rebecca Panian

When a young woman sees a child in need chased away by a racist café owner, how should she respond? In German with English subtitles.

Chicago Premiere.

Meet the director in a post screening Q&A!

What a Peaceful Day

Taiwan, 2016, 5min.

Dir: Eden Kai-Hsun Chan

An elderly woman goes to the woods and finds a friend. Nonverbal. Chicago Premiere

Au Sol

France, 2014 19min.

Dir: Alexis Michalik

When Evelyne has to fly to London for a funeral, overwhelming problems come up. See how the help from one selfless woman makes a difference. In French with English Subtitles.

New Girl

USA, 2021, 2 min.

Dir: Lee Peters and participants from BUILDing Girls 2 Women.

Anxious about beginning a new school, a young lady learns a lesson in making assumptions about what others think. Written, produced, and starring participants in the Global Girls program.

World Premiere

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