“Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the theme for 2015’s National Women’s History Month. This theme presents AFN with the opportunity to celebrate some of the talented women of television and film by recognizing screenwriters as the unsung heroes of the entertainment industry. We have put together a collection of movies, episodes and specials written by women for the occasion, so keep an eye out for them on AFN|Movie, AFN|family and AFN|spectrum. Look out for our special screenplay credits at the beginning of every movie and series episode.
Women’s History Month on AFN|movie
Wednesday evenings in March are reserved for premiere movies with scripts written by women.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 7pm CET/JKT.
Decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan) returns home from an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan to discover the bond with her five-year-old son has been broken. As she struggles to reclaim his affection, life after deployment is made more difficult by her persistent memories of Afghanistan. When news of another deployment threatens the fragile balance she has achieved, she must find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother and her obligations as a soldier. Stars Michelle Monaghan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber.
Screenplay and Direction by Claudia Myers.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 @ 7pm CET/JKT.
Based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, The Red Tent is a sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob. The miniseries recounts the story of Dinah’s happy childhood spent inside the red tent with the women of her tribe, and evolves into a story of intense love and devastating loss, with the fate of her family forever changed. Stars Rebecca Ferguson, Minnie Driver.
Novel by Anita Diamant screenplay by Anne Meredith.
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 @ 7pm CET/JKT
Life would be perfect for Reverend Casey Hart if it weren’t for parishioners who keel over during her sermons, steal money from the collection box and don’t believe a woman should be a minister. Not to mention the very inconvenient feelings she is suddenly having for her long-time friend, fellow seminarian and verbal sparring partner, David Swenson. It isn’t until Casey is thrust into the position of senior minister for her church, however, that she discovers the real cause of her discontent: her fear of failing, which has become stronger than her faith in herself. Stars Samaire Armstrong, Brendan Penny.
Screenplay by: Cara J. Russell
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 @ 7pm CET/JKT.
After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB. Stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton.
Written by: Melissa Stack
Every night in March will feature an encore movie from our library having women with screenplay credits. Each title will air in primetime following the 7pm title.
Women’s History Month on AFN|family & AFN|spectrum
On AFN|family, Together Time in March will have movies written by women every Saturday and Sunday; Mondays (from 5pm to 7pm) will feature mini-marathons of kids series episodes written by women.
On AFN|spectrum, Saturdays and Sundays will have two hours of encore special series episodes written by women (starting at 5pm CET/JKT). And let’s not forget HBO’s Girls written and directed by Lena Dunham. Saturdays at 11pm on AFN|spectrum LateNight.