A Lens on Strong and Resilient Girls and Women

Presented in collaboration with The Aspen Institute Arts Program and generously sponsored by Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner, the New Views summer series features critically acclaimed documentaries and conversations with special guests.


2017 Brings NEW VIEWS: A Lens on Strong and Resilient Girls and Women

Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute, will be moderating each discussion.

The Films


Monday, July 24, 2017

Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen Meadows Campus, Aspen, CO

Film screening: Paepcke Auditorium, 7:00 pm


Paula Dofat, college counselor to the film subjects, will be featured in a post-screening discussion.


STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.

This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen Meadows Campus, Aspen, CO

Showtime: 7:00 PM, Reception 6:00 PM


Please join us for a reception before the film from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Paepcke Auditorium. Wine and cheese included in the price of the ticket.


Director Mary Mazzio and President of Markle Foundation, Zoe Baird,  will be featured in a post-screening discussion.


I AM JANE DOE chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on, the adult classifieds site that for years was part of the Village Voice.  Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of others, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer.  It is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen Meadows Campus, Aspen, CO

7:00 PM


Emilio Huerta, Dolores Huerta’s son, will be featured in a post-screening discussion with Dolores Huerta joining via Skype.


Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.