WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29,2003
An introduction to feminism including an unveiling of that perplexing word, feminist. 15 minutes
10:30 EVERYTHING MUST COME TO LIGHT
The unusual story of three dynamic lesbian women who are traditional healers living in Soweto, South Africa. The relationship with their ancestors and the roles that they play in their healing powers as well as their sexuality are focal points in this documentary. 25 minutes
11:10 WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND
Women former prisoners share their experiences of incarceration as women and as mothers. They painfully address the effects of their incarceration on their children. They ask challenging questions about women’s incarceration and they look to young people for fresh answers. 21 minutes
11:40 REPETITION COMPULSION
A Documentary that explores how prolonged childhood abuse in the lives of homeless women has the stage for further victimization on the streets. The film describes the crippling feelings of worthlessness, depressions, powerlessness, paranoia and terror as the women become increasingly more dependent on the homeless men who support yet continue to hurt them. This film gives voice and vision to these women’s stories of abuse and survival. 7 minutes
Highlighting the turbulent 1960s, this film adds to our understanding of the U.S. civil rights movement by looking at its history from the perspective of Ella Baker, the dynamic activist affectionately known as the Fundi, a Swahili word for a person who passes skill from one generation to another. 48 minutes
Follow cartoon character Hermoine, the Modern Girl, as she tackles plastic surgery, beauty therapy, and bulimia in a feral fit of inadequacy. Hermoine journeys from heavy chocolate biscuit abuse to tortuous treatment at the beauty salon, the boutique, and the gym. After narrowly escaping the clutches of an out-of-control plastic surgeon, Hermoine finally rebels against Deirdre’s obsession with eating behavior and “beauty.” 11 minutes
2:10 ABORTION FOR SURVIVAL
This film focuses on the need for safe, legal abortion worldwide, highlighting the lack of affordable contraception and women’s desire to limit their family size. 50 minutes
3:10 A FINE AND LONG TRADITION
A perfect introduction to women’s history, this film/music video shows over 135 historical images that will touch your heart and linger in your memory. Women’s History Month is right around the corner (March) start celebrating early! 7 minutes
3:15 SOMETHING TO HIDE/ZONED FOR SLAVERY
Today in the global economy, corporations hide their production around the world behind locked factory gates, armed guards and 15-foot high concrete walls topped with razor wire. The companies refuse to release to the American people the names and the location of the factories they use. These two short films document the conditions of sweatshop labor. 48 minutes
4:15 SALT OF THE EARTH
Portrays the true events of a bitter strike of Chicanos in the zinc mines of New Mexico. Shot on location in 1953 by blacklisted filmmakers, and boycotted by almost every theater in America, the film won major awards in Europe, and is now recognized as a classic- even in the U.S. where it was widely show during the turbulent 60s and 70s. 94 minutes.
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7:00 DAUGHTER FROM DANANG
A riveting emotional drama of longing, identity, and the personal legacy of war. To all outward appearances, Heidi is the proverbial American girl, hailing from small town Pulaski, Tenn. But her birth name was Mai Thi Hiep. Born in Danang, Vietnam in 1968, the mixed-race daughter of an American serviceman and a Vietnamese woman. Fearing for her daughter’s safety at the end of the war, her mother sent her to the U.S. on Operation Babylift, a Ford administration plan to relocate orphans and mixed-race children to the U.S. for adoption before they fell victim to a frighteningly uncertain future in Vietnam after the Americans pulled out. Now, as if by a miracle, mother and daughter are reunited in Danang, but what seems like the cure for a happy ending is anything but. Heidi and her Vietnamese relatives find themselves caught in a confusing clash of cultures and at the mercy of conflicting emotions that will change their lives forever. Through intimate and sometimes excruciating moments, Daughter from Danang profoundly shows how wide the chasms of cultural difference and how deep the wounds of war can run, even in one family.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2003
See Wednesday’s schedule. 15 minutes
Between the years of 1932 and 1971, the U.S. government used approximately 600 blacks from Macon County, Alabama, as human guinea pigs for syphilis research under the guise of treatment for “bad blood.” Many participants were deliberately left untreated and died, even after a cure had been discovered. A CBS News Production that presents the medical establishment’s justification for disguising racism as legitimate medical research. 22 minutes
11:00 THE VIRGIN DIARIES
Fatiha is on the verge of marrying the man her grandfather chose for her long ago, but her fiancé’s disturbing views (he claims that, in the eyes of Islam, even a kiss of the hand is forbidden before marriage) shock her. So Fatiha and her friend Jessica, an American researching Moroccan family law reforms, decide to embark on a journey through Morocco in search of answers to her questions about virginity, sex and Islam. 57 minutes
12:05 REPITION COMPULSION
See Wednesday’s schedule. 7 minutes
12:25 HISTORY LESSONS
Experimenting with the form of the historical documentary, HL is an entertaining pastiche of cultural celluloid artifacts, appropriated historical footage, and dramatically composed skits focusing on pre-Stonewall lesbian life and revelry. Filled with archival footage –some dating back to the 19th century. 66 minutes
1:40 RECEPTION AND FILM SCREENING
LIVE NUDE GIRLS UNITE!
This unique film weaves together footage of dancing, labor organizing, street protests, stand-up comedy and animation. In need of money Julia seeks the most lucrative work available and never one to be shy about her body, begins dancing at San Francisco’s notorious Lusty Lady Theater. She quickly comes to love the tough and iconoclastic women with whom she works. After discovering that they are being covertly videotaped for amateur porn, Julia and her colleagues contact the Service Employees International Union. So begins the battle that rocks the sex industry with street protests, lockouts, and confrontations. 75 minutes
3:00 THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SARA BAARTMAN
When 20 year old Sara Baartman got on a boat that was to take her from Cape Town to London in 1810, she could not have known that she would never see her home again. Nor, as she stood on the deck and saw her homeland disappear behind her could she have known that she would become the icon of racial inferiority and black female sexuality for the next 100 years. This film deconstructs the social, political, scientific and philosophical assumptions which transformed one young African into a representation of savage sexuality and racial inferiority. 57 minutes
4:25 WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH A NICKEL?
This documentary tells the inspiring story of 200 Black and Hispanic women employed by the City of New York who, in 1978, joined together to form the first domestic workers union in the United States. Documenting their heroic efforts to change an age-old system of racism and sexism, the film’s account of these women’s struggle to win decent working conditions is an important record of a crucial episode in the history of minority workingwomen. 26 minutes
15 minutes, see Wednesday’s schedule
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7:00 NOTORIOUS C.H.O
Margaret Cho’s follow up to “I’m the One That I Want” shocks at time with honest and raunchy jokes that are guaranteed to make viewers laugh out loud. The San Francisco native talks of crossing sexuality boundaries and her penchant for drugs and alcohol, as well as her ongoing struggle with body image and sexual identity as a Korean-American woman. Cho is fresh and lively and definitely not for the close-minded!
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