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Blunt and meaningful, “Lady Hunters” delivers a powerful punch to the Ax Wound Film Fest — a favorite among a stellar lineup of female filmmaking talent.

Angela Atwood’s dark comedy/horror short Lady Hunters is a deeply relevant and powerful addition to the 2019 Ax Wound Film Festival Line Up. With the strong message powered by the occasional appropriate humor, the film not only makes a statement in regards to its topical meaning but also its intriguing narrative.

The film follows Hilde, Maya and Eleanor, all concerned mothers who are disgusted by the recent sexual assault of a young girl by a gang of locals who continue to run free. Let down by the justice system, they take matters into their own hands.

What makes this film so intriguing is that fact that you wouldn’t pick Hilde, Maya and Eleanor as revenge killers.

They appear to be a trio of every day suburban mothers that go to work, cheer at their kids’ soccer games and help out at the soup kitchen. This makes their superhero personas all the more interesting and vivid as you’d never expect the nice lady bringing cupcakes to the bake sale to be hunting down sexual predators. Their ordinariness makes them perfect for the job since they, like everyone else, can be victimized (or potential victim) of sexual assault.

Adding an additional feminist twist to the narrative, the women express their disgust about the social reaction to sexual assault victims and the light punishment on predators. They also express fear for their own safety as well as the safety of other women.

This comes at a pivotal time in modern society as the issue of light punishment for first-time and even repeat offending sexual predators continues around the world.

Clever and well-presented, the narrative touches all the right notes in bringing forth further awareness about the constant injustice assault victims face.

Overall Rating (Out of 5 Butterflies)

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