FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL NYC: Five Fridays in the Fall, Sept. 26 to Oct. 24

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio 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 put a “Women of the World Unite” banner 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.

PLUS: LIVE FEMINIST STAND-UP COMEDY by Mindy Matijasevic

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 movementand much more. Cameo appearance by the great Flo Kennedy. Followed by: “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.

PLUS: LIVE THEATER PERFORMANCE! Stacey Linnartz, a NYC actor who has worked on Off Broadway and TV, will perform a piece about the harassment, by the far right, of abortion provider Dr. Susan Wicklund, entitled “The Siege.” She will also do a comedy piece: “Laws We Want.” Stacey is part of the Reproductive Justice Players of Words of Choice.

Short films, from 6-7:30 PM, will include: We Always Resist/Trust Black WomenSusan Brownmiller on her three illegal abortions, The Reproductive Justice Walking Tour; and video from the recent Abortion Rights Freedom Ride (organized by Stop Patriarchy) .

October 10th. An evening in Celebration of Indigenous People’s Day (aka Columbus Day) consisting of films and live performances, with a focus on women.

6:15: “Chicana” by Sylvia Morales (23 minutes) traces the history of Chicana and Mexican women from pre-Columbian times to the present

6:40La Operacion” by Ana Maria Garcia–the historically important documentary that broke open the scandal of one third of Puerto Rican women having been sterilized in the 1950s/60’s because of U.S. population control policies–it covers the implementation of these policies from Puerto Rico to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx

7:20 Live performance by Mahkame Theatre, featuring veteran native American actresses of stage and screen, Hortencia and Elvira Colorado.

7:40: “Salt of the Earth”  (classic, feature length film) 1954 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 in order to be able to participate. The film will be introduced by feminist activist/history Professor Carol Giardina of Queens College.

Live performance by acclaimed singing/spoken word group Mahina Movement (Gabriella Callender, vaimoana litia makakaufake niumeitolo and Lorena Ambrosio)

If time permits, audience discussion.

On the walls: Photos by Bev Grant of: The 1968 Miss America Pageant Protest; W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) and  a demonstration for The New Haven Panther 14.

October 17. Films of transgressive/militant/direct action feminism

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!

“Left on Pearl” A documentary by Susie Rivo and Rochelle Ruthchild about the 1971 takeover of a Harvard building by women’s liberationists, who declared it a Women’s Center! Cuts across many issues (how women were treated on the Left; Harvard as a landlord in a Black community; police treatment of protesters–and more), with tons of great blow-by-blow footage of the occupation–it gives a real sense of the excitement of the period. Must see!

Plus video of the ‘pharmacy invasions’ by the ‘Morning After Pill Conspiracy’, that took place over the last two years

 

October 24. Fundi: The Story of Ella BakerJoanne 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.

For further information and updates check our Facebook Events Pagewbai.org, or joyofresistance.wordpress.com. To get on our email list and receive updates on the Feminist Film Festival, go to feministfilmfest@gmail.com

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 VoiceStanley 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.

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 feministfilmfest@gmail.com. And also check out our Facebook Events page!

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