International Women's Day (IWD), held on Tuesday 8 March 2022 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of all women with this year's theme being 'Break The Bias'. Below is a guide to various film and arts events accessible to those in the Leeds region that we will keep updated throughout March.

If you are hosting a film-related event for IWD during March please let us know at

Leeds Film Player - LIFF Selects
Specially selected films from the LIFF Team, available to watch right now online through our Leeds Film Player from as little as £3.50 per film!
Our IWD 2022 picks highlight directorial debuts from talented female-identifying filmmakers. The BAFTA and Oscar-winning thriller Promising Young Woman, sincere and good natured drama Miss Juneteenth, and home grown psychological horror debuts Saint Maud and Censor.
Rent from Leeds Film Player now!

Flix Presents
A month-long programme celebrating women in documentary film at Belgrave Music Hall. The series will explore documentary films, featuring female-identifying directors, producers and subjects. The series includes On The Record, The Witches of the Orient, White Riot and Through The Night.
Tickets available via Dice (£4) - throughout March, 7pm. Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

Exhibition on Screen: Frida Khalo (12A)
Who was Frida Kahlo? Everyone knows her, but who was the woman behind the bright colours, the big brows, and the floral crowns? Take a journey through the life of a true icon, discover her art, and uncover the truth behind her often turbulent life. Delving deeper than any film has done before, engaging with world-renowned Kahlo experts, exploring how great an artist she was.
Booking required via Square Chapel (FREE) - Tue 8 till Sun 13 March. Square Chapel, Halifax

Angry Girls
Have you ever felt spoken down to, talked over and ignored? When have you felt objectified or unsafe? Do you feel frustrated by the world around you and its expectations? These creative writing sessions aim to provide an opportunity for girls and young women aged 16-21 to get together and make some noise about what it’s like to be female in this challenging world. This will be an open and supportive space for girls and anyone who identifies as female to explore what is making them angry right now, including those who struggle to voice their concerns, thoughts, and beliefs.
Booking Required via Eventbrite or Venue (FREE) - Wed 2 March. Chol Theatre, Huddersfield

Reclaim the Frame Presents Hive (cert tbc) + Recorded Director Q&A in York
At City Screen in York on 8 March you can see a recorded Q&A with Kosovan director Blerta Basholli at a preview of her debut Hive, a triple award winner at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Hive is based on the true story of a woman, Fahrije, who goes against a patriarchal society to become an entrepreneur - selling ajvar and honey – and provide for her kids after her husband went missing during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War.
Booking required via Picturehouse (£8) - Tue 8 March, City Screen Picturehouse, York

Mean Girls Movie Night (12A)
Get in loser, we’re going to Wharf Chambers on 13 March for a Mean Girls Movie Night. Have the most fetch Sunday evening enjoying this y2k cult classic, with a wine or two from the bar. Feel free to bring movie snacks and blankets for extra coziness, all proceeds go to Dove Hope Hospice.
Tickets available via Venue (£3) - Thu 3 March, 7pm. Wharf Chambers, Leeds

Sisters With Transistors (PG)
The story of electronic music’s female pioneers and composers who embraced machines and their technologies to utterly transform music today. All proceeds go to MAP, a Leeds-based charity who run music and art programmes for young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education. 
MAP Charity
Tickets available via Eventbrite (£6) - Tue 8 March, 7:30pm. Outlaw's Yacht Club, Leeds

Women in Film and TV Celebrate IWD 2022
This is an in-person event and open to all in the industry. Join us for this WFTV networking event in Leeds hosted by a member from the WFTV Board and Mentoring team as we celebrate International Women's Day with our WFTV members and friends from the industry. This event is open to existing WFTV members and non-members. 
Register to attend - Tue 8 March 6:30pm - 9pm. Lazy Lounge, Leeds

Poetry Night with Kim Moore (featuring Simone Yasmin)
Celebrate International Women’s Day with a sensational line-up of poetry and spoken word performers – headlined by Kim Moore. Kim will be sharing work from her new collection, ‘All the Men I Never Married’ (Seren, 2021). She will be joined by writer and spoken word artist Simone Yasmin. Simone is a Black writer, spoken word artist and vocal soul, born in Leeds. Simone writes about all the things people leave unsaid and, in her blog ‘Etheral Truth’, pulls no punches when it comes to unpacking racism, feminism and other humanitarian issues.
Tickets via Eventbrite & Venue (Pay What You Decide) - Thu 10 March, 7:30pm. Kala Sangam, Bradford

Petrol Girls
Outspokenly feminist UK Punk Band, and one of the bands featured in LIFF 2021 documentary selection So What Band is Your Boyfriend In?, Petrol Girls will be headlining with their only Northern gig as part of a UK and European tour. 50% of profits from Bandcamp downloads and new merch go to Abortion Without Borders - a network of groups funding and supporting people in Poland to access abortion. Solidarity with everyone fighting for reproductive justice around the world!
Tickets available soon, Thurs 17 March, 6pm. 1 in 12 Club, Bradford

Wings (cert tbc)
Part of Kino Klassika presents - Soviet 60s: A Turning Point in Cinema. During the war, Nadezhda (Maya Bulgakova) flew daring combat missions as a pilot. Now, she struggles to adapt to post-war life: dissatisfied with her lot as a headteacher, hapless in romance, drifting apart from her daughter, and haunted by a lost love. Having survived the battle, can she make peace with a world that is shifting beneath her feet?
Tickets available via HPPH (£5) - Sun 20 March, 3:30pm. Leeds University Union, Leeds

Mothering Sunday (15)
Mothering Sunday director Eva Husson has created an atmospheric and many layered, 1920s-set feature based on Graham Swift’s novella. Adapted by Lady Macbeth screenwriter Alice Birch, it stars Josh O’Connor as Paul, an engaged and engaging upper-class fellow having a secret affair with a neighbour’s maid, Jane Fairchild. The film flits back and forth between distinct periods in Jane’s life, a natural-born writer, beautifully played by Odessa Young.
Tickets available via Ticketsource (£6/£5) - Sat 26 March, 7:30pm. HEART at Headingley, Leeds

Respect (12A)
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon's journey to find her voice.
Tickets available via Ticketsource (£6/£4) - Sun 27 March, 7pm. Guiseley Theatre, Leeds

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