Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio, in conjunction with WBAI, is thrilled to announce that we will be presenting the FIRST EVER Feminist Film Festival at WBAI! It will take place on five consecutive Fridays this Fall, starting on September 26 and running through October 24 (Sept. 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24).
We’ll present “feminist classics”–the defining feminist films of many eras–and some of the directors will be present in person or via Skype. We’ll also show rare documentary shorts, feminist comedy, and have some live performance.
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (check wbai.org for updates):
Sept. 26. Jennifer Lee‘s 2013 release “Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation” , getting rave reviews as it is shown across the country; Jennifer Lee set out to tell her generation the story of the feminist movement by interviewing its pioneers–includes Betty Friedan‘s last interview; covers the 1940’s, 50’s, the fight to get women into the Civil Rights Act of 1964; how women’s liberationists place a banner that read: “Women of the World Unite” on the Statue of Liberty (1970); The Civil Rights Movement and feminism–and much more. The director will speak with us via Skype. Bev Grant‘s ‘Up Against the Wall, Miss America!’, a documentary short of the Miss America Pageant Protest of 1968 (where women are rumored to have burnt their bras!). Bev Grant will join us in person to introduce the film.
October 3. “With a Vengeance: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom” by Lori Hiris (1989)–a gutsy fast-moving film influenced by 60’s Avant-Garde director Emile D’Antonio, it shows the history of abortion in this country, jump-cutting between movement activist-theorists,street clashes with the Right, early meetings of Black women formulating what would become the Reproductive Justice movement and much more. Cameo appearance by the great Flo Kennedy. “I Had an Abortion” by Jennifer Baumgardner and Jillian Aldrich. From a “celebrity feminist” to an 85-year-old Harlem woman who describes conditions in the 1930’s, women of many ages and communities tell their personal stories of having had an abortion.
October 10th. An evening in Celebration of Indigenous People’s Day (aka Columbus Day). “Salt of the Earth” (1954) a feature-length movie that was banned by the House of Un-American Activities Committee about a strike by Mexican workers–within which women rebel against their husbands to be able to participate. Then “La Operacion“ by Ana Maria Garcia–the documentary that broke open the scandal that a third of Puerto Rican women had been sterilized in the 1950s/60’s because of U.S. population control policies. Films will be followed by a LIVE PERFORMANCE by the acclaimed Indigenous Women’s singing/spoken word group Mahina Movement! (Plus films TBA.)
October 17: Lizzie Borden‘s cult classic “Born in Flames“. A sci-fi journey into a post-revolutionary New York City where a Women’s Army, led by Black women, has formed to fully bring women into the revolution. With Flo Kennedy in a featured role! Must see!
October 24: “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker,” Joanne Grant‘s brilliant film on the not-well-enough-known woman who formulated and led many of the great campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Features Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Ella’s Song,” Also “Sweet Honey in the Rock/Raise Your Voice” Stanley Nelson‘s award-winning exploration of the world-acclaimed a capella singing group; it will have you singing as you leave! (Plus films TBA.)
All screenings will take place at “The Commons,” at 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 1st Floor (between Hoyt and Bond streets–A, C or G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn/#2 or 3 to Hoyt Street). Doors will open at 6:00 PM for short films, with main features starting at 7:30 PM. This is a benefit for WBAI: Suggested donation is $20, but a sliding scale of $10-20. will be in effect (larger donations, of course, appreciated). Wine and popcorn will be available.
If you sign up to become a WBAI Buddy, between now and September 24, you’ll get a free pass to all five evenings of the festival. Your name will be at the door. Sign up HERE.
For further information and updates on additional films to be shown each night of the festival, check wbai.org, or joyofresistance.wordpress.com. To get on our email list and be sent updates, go to firstname.lastname@example.org. And also check out our Facebook Events page!