February 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Busboys and Poets

Join VoteRunLead founder, Erin Vilardi at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC for the screening of select scenes from the upcoming documentary film, TIME FOR ILHAN about VoteRunLead alum, Ilhan Omar. Meet the producer and director, get a sneak peak at the film, and be an important part of helping it get over the finish line and onto the screen. We will also feature a discussion with activists working to elect more women and first time candidates to office in 2018.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door and include food, and one drink ticket. All proceeds go to support finishing the film and getting it out ahead of the 2018 election. There’ll also be a silent auction and the opportunity to bid on great prizes including gift cards, art, travel and more.

You can view the film’s trailer HERE.

More about the film:

Ilhan Omar is a Somali-American politician from Minnesota. In 2016, she was elected a Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, making her the first Somali-American Muslim legislator elected to office in the United States. In doing so she accomplished what was then almost unthinkable – she defeated a 44 year incumbent who was heavily favored to win the seat.

Through an engaging and authentic narrative that is also highly entertaining, TIME FOR ILHAN will speak to the cultural and political moment in which we find ourselves, in the aftermath of the Trump presidency, and the more recent #Metoo and #Timesup movements.

Through an ambitious grassroots community impact campaign based on the principal that “you can’t be what you can’t see,” we will team with key strategic partners and influencers to scale Ilhan’s story to shift narratives, inspire women & people of color to run for office, inspire citizens to support women and people of color candidates, and increase voter turnout and participation. We plan to roll out a community screening tour at the college and university level, as well as throughout many other grass roots & community networks. We will develop a robust website and social media presence, and will work with key advisors to develop an educational discussion and action guide to accompany the film for the community and educational screenings. Actions we hope to inspire viewers to take after seeing the film include potentially running for office or becoming involved in local campaigns and other community organizing, and feeling optimistic and inspired about the possibilities of representative democracy. We see this film as having enormous potential to serve as a vehicle for spreading the example of Ilhan’s success story, far beyond the boundaries of her home district and we believe it can help foster a greater understanding of Muslim American Women and immigrants, as well as political outsiders and other newcomers whose voices have traditionally been shut out.




  • Name

    Time for Ilhan Screening
  • Organizer

    Erin Essenmacher, Monica Belais, Meaghan Burdick, Anurima Bhargava, Susan Paley, Lynn Hughes, Meghan Metzbower & Vicki Warren


  • Date and Time

    February 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


  • Venue

    Busboys and Poets
  • Address

    625 Monroe St NE