I Am Woman
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of “I Am Woman” showing Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
The uplifting biopic “I Am Woman” tells the story of Helen Reddy, the fiercely ambitious Australian singer behind the 1971 megahit anthem that became the rallying cry of the women’s liberation movement.
It is 1966. Helen Reddy arrives in New York with her three-year-old daughter, a suitcase and $230 in her pocket. She had been told she’d won a recording contract, but the record company promptly dashes her hopes by telling her it has enough female stars and suggests she has fun in New York before returning home to Australia.
Helen, without a visa, decides to stay in New York anyway and pursue a singing career, struggling to make ends meet and provide for her daughter. There she befriends legendary rock journalist Lillian Roxon, who becomes her closest confident. Lillian inspires her to write and sing the iconic song “I Am Woman” which becomes the anthem for the second wave feminist movement and galvanizes a generation of women to fight for change.
Helen also meets Jeff Wald, a young aspiring talent manager who becomes her agent and husband. Jeff helps her get to the top, but he also suffers from a drug addiction, which gradually turns their relationship toxic.
Caught in the treadmill of fame and dependent on Jeff to manage her professional life, Helen finds the strength to take control of her own career and keep pursuing her dreams.
“I Am Woman” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25, 26 and 27; and 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28, 30 and Oct. 1.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.