Fifth annual Lunafest targets issues facing women in mid-Missouri
COLUMBIA - The fifth annual Lunafest made its way to mid-Missouri Saturday.
The festival took place at Stephens College in Columbia.
Pamela Beerup, development director for Central Missouri Community Action, said the films are chosen from the Sundance Film Festival annually and are all by, for, and about women. Beerup said the films focus on struggles women might fight each day.
"They deal with body image, diversity, motherhood, relationships and many other things," Beerup said.
Beerup said attendees each take home a different message from the festival.
"I've seen the films and they are very dramatic and passionate," Beerup said. "You want to take home what appeals to you;it all becomes very personal."
Jason Ramsey, president of the board of directors for the Central Missouri Community Action, said the film festival is important because many mid-Missourians struggle with many of the topics found in the films.
"We have a very high poverty rate in mid-Missouri, which is striking," Ramsey said. "Often times, those issues women face on a daily basis go hand in hand."
Ramsey also said the festival is personal to he and his family.
"I have two young daughters, so this is really important to me," Ramsey said. "I want them to grow up with strong self-awareness and confidence so they can go into the world and be on an equal footing with everyone."
Lunafest was established in 2000 by the company LUNA and 100 percent of the proceeds go to charity.