“Looking for Leia” looks at Star Wars fandom from certain point of view

Filmed at Star Wars Celebration 2017, filmmaker Annalise Ophelian wanted to showcase the women who grew up to love “Star Wars” in the documentary “Looking for Leia.”

A new documentary film that explores the Star Wars phenomenon from the perspective of “fangirls,” women and girls who connect deeply to the galaxy far, far away and are unique in the traditionally male Nerd arena.

LOOKING FOR LEIA features interviews with an intergenerational and culturally diverse group of female fans who discuss their entry point into the Star Wars universe (original trilogy, prequels, animated series, comics, Extended Universe/Legends, video games, new trilogy, and stand-alone films), as well as film buffs and cultural critics, cosplayers and gamers, artists and authors. The film reaches beyond Princess Leia to discuss how female characters and fans have shaped and expanded the Star Wars universe, and how these stories speak to experiences of gender resilience and resistance.

As a father of a daughter who runs around making Chewbacca noises, the trailer for this film just made me smile.  I cannot wait for the full documentary.

Check them out at lookingforleia.com and @LeiaFangirlFilm.

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