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The Athena Film Festival, a Barnard College tradition now in its eighth year, is a weekend for Barnard students and film buffs to gather for film screenings and discussions about “the extraordinary stories of strong, bold women leaders from all walks of life—stories of ambition, courage, resilience, and moxie,” according to its website. Among the featured guests this past weekend were Gloria Steinem, Shiri Appleby, and J.J. Abrams. Take a look at some highlights below.

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The Athena Film Festival logo is projected onto the walls of the Diana Center Event Oval, where many panels were held. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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Festival attendees watch the film “Mankiller” directed by Valerie Red-Horse, which showcases the lifetime and achievements of the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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Director and Barnard Alumna, Greta Gerwig, BC ’06, greets the audience through Skype before the screening of her film “Lady Bird,” which is nominated for several 2018 Academy Awards, including those for best picture and directing. (Kirill Buskirk/Staff Photographer)

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Writer and director Amma Asante, who won an award at this year's festival, speaks to reporters on the red carpet. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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World-renowned cabaret artist Bridget Everett walks the red carpet as the 2018 Inaugural Athena Breakthrough Awardee. (Kirill Buskirk/Staff Photographer)

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The Athena Leading Man, J.J. Abrams, stops to take photos with attendees before the Athena Film Festival Awards Reception Friday night. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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J.J. Abrams shows his support for the “Times Up!” movement, which promotes solidarity among those who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, or professional discrimination. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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Gloria Steinem, right, poses for a photo alongside Melissa Silverstein, co-founder of the Athena Film Festival. (Kirill Buskirk/Staff Photographer)

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American former world No. 1 tennis player Billie Jean King attended the Athena Film Festival this year to speak on a panel following a screening of her movie “Battle of the Sexes.” (Kirill Buskirk/Staff Photographer)

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Stacy Rukeyser, producer of “UnREAL,” speaks at a panel event discussing the TV series. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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The audience watches a screening of the film “Mankiller.” (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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Billie Jean King talks to a reporter on the red carpet before speaking on a panel. (Kirill Buskirk/Staff Photographer)

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Festival co-founders Melissa Silverstein, left, and Kathryn Kolbert pose for a photo on the red carpet. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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Alysia Reiner, an actress on “Orange is the New Black,” walked the red carpet this weekend, posing for photos and talking to press. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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The Athena Film Festival seeked to empower and educate attendees from all walks of life and ages. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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Barnard College President Sian Beilock talks with filmmakers and festival goers at her private President’s Reception to kick off the Festival last Thursday night. (Yasmine Akki/Senior Staff Photographer)

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Gloria Steinem listens attentively and contributes to the panel focused on women and indigenous people’s rights following the screening of the Athena Film Festival Centerpiece Film “Mankiller”. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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An audience member snaps a photo to capture powerful women speaking their mind and sharing their insight. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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Director Valerie Red-Horse and executive producer Gale Anne Hurd of the documentary “Mankiller” speak to press about their film. (Kirill Buskirk/Staff Photographer)

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An attentive audience watches the “Mankiller” documentary Saturday night. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)

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The panel after “Mankiller” closed Saturday night with a powerful line up and insightful questions about society and the film. (Ha Quoc Huy/Columbia Daily Spectator)
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