Women’s History Month on AFN

This year’s theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination of women. AFN will present three Premiere movies based on real events where women have overcome the status quo with dedication and resolve.

House of Versace
House of Versace – The chronicles of Donatella Versace’s triumph over tragedy by carrying on her brother’s powerful legacy after his 1997 slaying.
AFN|movie – 7pm CET/JKT
Wednesday March 12
Won't Back Down
Won’t Back Down – inspired by true events – of parenthood, friendship, hope and courage. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis portray determined mothers who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy and a system mired in traditional thinking, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
AFN|movie – 7pm CET/JKT
Wednesday March 19
Murder on the Home Front
Murder on the Home Front – inspired by true events – is a crime drama set during the London Blitz of WWII. After several women are murdered, pathologist Lennox Collins and his assistant Molly Cooper employ ground breaking forensic techniques in pursuit of the killer.
AFN|movie – 7pm CET/JKT
Wednesday March 26
Succeeding in the movie industry requires a level of talent and tenacity that transcends the social conventions of an industry traditionally dominated by men. For this reason AFN will be spotlighting four highly talented female directors for Women’s History Month. Showcased with an eclectic selection of their works, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Nancy Meyers and Catherine Hardwicke are being recognized as contributing to a legacy that expands these frontiers for generations to come. Tune in every Friday in March for a new director showcase on AFN|movie.
Kathryn Bigelow
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. It’s irrelevant who or what directed a movie, the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don’t. There should be more women directing; I think there’s just not the awareness that it’s really possible. It is.”
• Friday, March 7, 2014 •
The Hurt Locker – 7pm CET/JKT
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. Stars Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie.
The Widowmaker – 9:30pm CET/JKT
When Russia’s first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster. Stars Harrison Ford.
Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty -PREMIERE- 11:30pm CET/JKT
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. Stars Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton.

Sofia Coppola
Director: Sofia Coppola
“There’s so many more female directors than when I started. That’s encouraging. Maybe it’s because it’s such an all-encompassing job, and if you have a family, it’s harder to do. But there are female surgeons. And there’s plenty of women working in the film business.”
• Friday, March 14, 2014 •
The Bling Ring
The Bling Ring -PREMIERE- 7pm CET/JKT
Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes. Stars Emma Watson, Katie Chang and Israel Broussard.
Lost in Translation – 8:30pm CET/JKT
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. Stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.
Marie Antoinette – 10pm CET/JKT
The retelling of France’s queen, Marie Antoinette from her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 to the end of her reign and ultimately the fall of Versailles. Stars Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartman.

Nancy Meyers
Director: Nancy Meyers
“I’ve always been blessed with confidence. I am a glass-half-full person. My first movie, ‘Private Benjamin,’ got turned down by every studio until the very last one, but I just kept thinking, ‘Why are you people not seeing that this is a hit movie? What is wrong with you?”
• Friday, March 21, 2014 •
It’s Complicated – 7pm CET/JKT
When attending their son’s college graduation, a couple re-ignite the spark in their relationship…but the complicated fact is they’re divorced and he’s remarried. Stars Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin.
The Holiday – 9:30 pm CET/JKT
Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love. Stars Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black.
What Women Want – 12am CET/JKT
After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. Stars Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.

Catherine Hardwicke
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
“… My first couple of movies, people might have liked them, but when I did make a blockbuster and started a big franchise called “Twilight” I thought, “Wow, no there’s no excuse.” Every guy I knew who made a movie that successful got a three-picture deal and an office on the lot. None of that happened to me. Then I realized there is still a real barrier.”
• Friday, March 28, 2014 •
Red Riding Hood – 7pm CET/JKT
Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. Stars Amanda Seyfried, Lukas, Haas and Gary Oldman.
The Nativity Story – 9pm CET/JKT
This drama focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph’s life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Stars Keisha Castle-Hughes and Shohreh Aghdashloo.
Twilight – 11pm CET/JKT
A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. Stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison.

Weekday mornings in March will feature movies directed by women.
All movies air on AFN|movie at 9am CET/JKT.

3/04 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Martha Coolidge
3/05 Julie & Julia Nora Ephron
3/06 Across the Universe Julie Taymor
3/07 Preacher’s Wife, The Penny Marshall
3/10 The Matrix Reloaded Lana Wachowski
3/11 Sleepless in Seattle Nora Ephron
3/12 Bridget Jones Diary Sharon Maguire
3/13 Home for the Holidays Jodie Foster
3/14 Amelia Mira Nair
3/17 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bonnie Hunt
Ashley Judd and Sharon Maguire
3/18 Deep Impact Mimi Leder
3/19 Bewitched Nora Ephron
3/20 Frida Julie Taymor
3/21 Bend It Like Beckham Gurinder Chadha
3/24 I Spy Betty Thomas
3/25 You’ve Got Mail Nora Ephron
3/26 Speed Racer Lana Wachowski
3/27 Anna Nicole Mary Harron
3/28 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Beeban Kidron
3/31 When Harry Met Sally Nora Ephron
Together Time

Saturday Together Time movies will feature the
following women directors on AFN|family:

3/08: The Parent Trap– Nancy Meyers
3/22: Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel– Betty Thomas
3/29: The Secret Garden– Agnieszka Holland