“Why not ‘Woman’s Land Film Festival’? Are you not inclusive? Do you not want men to come to your film festival?” a friend recently asked me.
Já! Oui! Ano! Ndiyo! Sí! так! Jah! 예! Yes! The film festival is inclusive. Yes, we want men to come to our events. I personally feel like the conversations we are having today would be exceptionally hard to have without the presence of both men and women. No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) is not a “Girls Only” club; we simply strive to feature women athletes and adventurers in our films. The name of the film festival is crafty and invokes a sense of unknown adventure into wild, uninhabited lands and also encompasses a powerful, female mission.
NMLFF is a collaboration and celebration of men and women who are deeply engaged in enhancing female presence in the adventure arena. Our goal is to connect like-minded individuals who are action-oriented, wish to support a shared vision of gender equality, have a desire to experience their passions and environments through a uniquely female lens, and above all, love adventure. We’re a little more than one month out from our Flagship Festival event, which will be held in Carbondale, Colorado.
We want to lead the charge in continuing a conversation that leads to more progress. Every voice matters. Progress is the kind of thing we don’t necessarily see until it’s complete. It’s not like watching a puppy grow or starting a new chapter in a book. The page is always so clearly marked. Change doesn’t work that way, though; it isn’t tangible. It’s a perception. A knowledge. A different mind frame. Conscious change can be harder than climbing mountains.