The 45th Annual Chicago International Film Festival kicks off today, and this year, organizers have created the Reel Women program to spotlight films created by women or that address women's issues. And when they say 'women's issues,' they ain't kiddin' -- one of the films is a documentary about menstruation, and tonight's opening night feature is the Katherine Dieckmann-directed Motherhood starring Uma Thurman. Right on, Chicago!

An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig (which also made an appearance at the lady-friendly Toronto Film Festival) helps kick off the festivities at a gala presentation on Sunday. There's also Girls on the Wall, a documentary/musical about female inmates in Warrenville, Illinois, also playing this Sunday. Check out all the listings for the Reel Women program here. We're very jealous of all you Chicago-dwelling BUSTies right now -- tell us about the fest if you go!


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