Stars Gather to Celebrate “Yentl” and Focus on Women’s Rights
“Yentl” is a movie about a woman struggling to gain equality in a man’s world, made by a woman struggling to gain equality in male-dominated Hollywood. 26 years later, Barbara Streisand’s masterpiece is still inspiring women to follow their dreams.
On April 18, “Yentl” was the inaugural film in Kat Kramer’s Films That Changed the World, a new series at Sunset-Gower Studios honoring socially conscious movies. The series was inspired by the legacy of Kramer’s father, the late producer/director Stanley Kramer, who tackled such issues as racism, religious bigotry and nuclear war in his films.
“I selected ‘Yentl’ because it deals with inequality on many levels,” Ms. Kramer said. “The film has many lessons that are still relevant.”
Approximately 100 women gathered for the event, the purpose of which was to raise awareness about the plight of women in the Congo. Speaking on that issue was producer Bonnie Abaunza of Participant Media and actress Emmanuelle Chirqui, both of whom are involved with Raise Hope for Congo.
The keynote speaker representing “Yentl,” was legendary songwriter Marilyn Bergman, who received an Academy Award for co-writing the movie’s songs with her husband Alan Bergman.
Kat Kramer’s Films That Changed the World appears to be off to a great start. Indeed, one of the most moving songs in “Yentl” (“Papa, Can You Hear Me?”) took on a new meaning for Kramer, who remarked that, indeed, she believed her own father was watching from above.