Women’s History Through Film Series
Please join us for the 31st year of the Women’s History Through Film Series. The films will be screened each Monday from Feb. 20 to March 20 in 206 Kirkbride Hall. All films are free and open to the public.
Feb. 20, Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders – This film approaches the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and 1960s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it—women such as Fannie Lou Hamer and Mae Bertha Carter. In the name of freedom and equal rights, they risked their physical safety, their jobs, and even their lives to emerge as the Movement’s grassroots leaders. They not only brought about change in Mississippi, they altered the course of American history. The speaker is Emerald Christopher-Byrd of the Women and Gender Studies Department.
Feb. 27, No Más Bebés (No More Babies) – They came to have their babies. They left sterilized. This film recounts the stories of immigrant mothers who between 1971 and 1974 were sterilized, often without giving informed consent, after giving birth. Led by an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer, and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers brought a lawsuit against a Los Angeles County hospital. In the name of justice, they stood up to powerful institutions and braved public exposure of their private pain. The film raises questions about reproductive rights that remain all too relevant in 2017. The speaker is Eve Buckley from the Department of History.
March 6, The Trials of Spring – The Trials of Spring follows the journeys of three Egyptian women from the heady early days of the 2011 Arab Spring until today: Hend, from a rural military family, awaiting a harsh prison sentence for protesting against military rule; Miriam, an activist fighting to end sexual assault; and Mama Khadiga, a formerly veiled widow who became a caretaker of the revolutionaries. Their intersecting stories reveal the vital and underreported role women play in shaping the region’s future.
March 13, Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders – The first feature documentary about people who are neither male nor female. Agender, gender queer and more, they’re redefining gender, challenging masculinity and femininity. In increasing numbers, of all ages and ethnicities, people are referring to themselves as agender, gender neutral, gender queer, and more. This documentary that immerses the viewer in a world where gender is a spectrum of possibilities, where stereotypes fall, and where the future is the present. The speaker is Adam Foley from the Office of Equity and Inclusion
March 20, The Pad Piper – The Pad Piper is the incredible story of a school dropout and grassroots innovator from India, Arunachalam Muruganantham. His innovative, low-cost, sanitary-pad making machine is changing the face of menstrual hygiene for thousands of women across India. Indeed, this simple machine has the potential to change lives of women across the world. He sells his machines to women’s self-help groups. These women then educate others about the perils of using crude and unsafe methods, while challenging ancient taboos about menstruation. He is the modern day pied piper. A Pad Piper. The speaker is Katie Katz, University of Delaware 2017, Founder & President, Gift of Life at UD.