The women of the west side of Chicago and the near-west suburbs are invited to gather this Summer for inspiring films and conversation. Our film series will open our eyes to some impactful women and to topics pertinent to women’s lives. Shelby Boblick will facilitate the discussions.

On 3 (of the 4) dates, meetings will take place in McDonough Hall located on the 2nd floor of the Gleeson Building, 1101 Columbian, Oak Park on the campus of St. Giles Catholic Parish. McDonough Hall is accessed via elevator, and the Gleeson Building is handicapped accessible.

Join us as and when your schedule permits. Drop-ins are encouraged! Bring your female friends, visitors, or relatives. All are welcome: once, occasionally, or regularly.

For 3 of the 4 meetings, we’ll offer duplicate sessions: one at 1 pm and another at 7:30 pm. Please join us at the time that suits you and your life. No need to come at the same time each week. Sessions may last longer than 90 minutes, as noted. Film discussion will not extend beyond 20 minutes after film showing.

Monday, May 22 – “He Named Me Malala”

This inspiring documentary tells the remarkable true story of Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan for advocating for girls’ education (88 mins.). Discussion to follow film.

Tuesday, May 30 – “Where to Invade Next”

Set aside any pre-conceptions about Michael Moore. A comedy/documentary in which the Oscar-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places (120 mins.). Discussion to follow film. NOTE: Special date, time and place! St. Catherine – St. Lucy Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., Oak Park, IL. The church is handicapped accessible. Afternoon session will begin as usual at 1 pm, but evening session will begin 30 minutes earlier at 7 pm.

Wednesday, June 7 – “Shifting Sands”

Tells the story of how one region, where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks – adjacent to Chicago – sparked a movement for a national park, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. That movement led to game-changing environmental policies with worldwide impact and unique partnerships on the path to a more sustainable world (57 mins.). Discussion to follow film.

Beth Botts, daughter of filmmaker and longtime environmental activist Lee Botts, both Oak Park residents, will introduce the film and participate in our post-viewing discussion focused on the Indiana Dunes. NOTE: There is only one showing of “Shifting Sands” at 7:30 pm. There will be NO 1 pm session on Wednesday, June 7.

Monday, June 12 – “Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action”

In these times of crisis is change possible? Acclaimed filmmaker sets out to discover the power that is released when spirituality and activism meet. Sparked by what Ghandhi called “soul force” and Martin Luther King, Jr. called “love in action,” this film spotlights remarkable individuals who are taking action from the heart (95 mins.). Discussion to follow film. NOTE: Duplicate sessions are offered – one at 1 pm and another at 7:30 pm. Please join us at the time that suits you and your life.

Questions? Call Shelby Boblick at 630-240-2765.