While humanity is still making only small progress in reducing poverty, injustice and all-around suffering in this world, there’s one hopeful sign – the realization that targeting women and giving them even modest help (whether economic resources, education or just plain encouragement) yields big dividends, improving global stability and the well-being of people around the planet. That’s the backdrop of the Women’s Empowerment Film Festival, presented by ITVS Community Cinema. A slate of four documentaries will explore how girls and women try to get a foothold on life. The current cohort of American teen girls, and how they negotiate the opportunities and dangers around them is examined in A Girl’s Life. In the film, author Rachel Simmons offers research and advice for families. Off and Running follows an African-American teen with two adoptive moms (a white, Jewish, lesbian couple in Brooklyn) and how her world is rocked when she contacts her biological mother. Troop 1500 is about an inspiring Girl Scout program in Texas that helps daughters stay in touch with their mothers serving hard time in prison. Finally, Lakshmi and Me is a poignant, exotic but accessible account of a filmmaker in Bombay who turns the camera on the shy but fiercely determined young woman who serves as her maid. Representatives from local organizations like Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and Oasis Center will participate in informal post-screening discussions to get the audience's response to the films and discuss resources for young women in Nashville.