Summer Night Film Screenings: July 24-Aug 14

Starts: Tuesday, July 24th 2012 at 7:30 pm
Ends: Tuesday, August 14th 2012 at 9:00 pm

The 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy invites you to the 2012 edition of:

Summer Night Film Screenings!

Join us at 1500 de Maisonneuve W, #404  every Tuesday for 4 weeks at 7:30pm for FREE film screenings & discussions! And, popcorn.

July 24th:

The Abortion Diaries, Penny Lane, 2005, 30 min. A documentary featuring 12 women who speak candidly about their experiences with abortion. The women are doctors, subway workers, artists, activists, military personnel, teachers and students; they are Black, Latina, Jewish and White; they are mothers or child-free; they range in age from 19 to 54. Their stories weave together with the filmmaker’s diary entries to present a compelling, moving and at times surprisingly funny “dinner party” where the audience is invited to hear what women say behind closed doors about motherhood, medical technology, sex, spirituality, love, work and their own bodies. Winner of the Audience Award at the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, the Choice USA “Spirit of Communication” Award, and the Best Documentary (Student) at the Carolina Film/Video Festival.

Listen Up! New Voices for Reproductive Justice, N’Dieye Gray Danavall, 2004, 60 min. This documentary takes a socially conscious look inside the 153-year-old Woman’s Movement. Atlanta based filmmaker, Danavall travels to Washington, D.C. to follow several feminists groups as they work to organize and prepare for the groundbreaking 2004 March for Women’s Lives. Intense with desire, “Listen Up!” punches away at the over-insinuated identity of the Woman’s Movement by giving ear to the voices of women of color who have been in the trenches all along. Danavall works to put a new face on the movement as female activists express their struggles, frustrations and hopes for its future. Includes interviews with many feminist leaders and activists including Loretta Ross, founder and National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, composed of 70 women of color organizations across the U.S. Ross will be guest-speaking at Concordia University on September 27th.

Both films presented by the Reproductive Justice League.

July 31st:

Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity, Jackson Katz, 1999, 82 min. While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has until recently remained largely invisible. Tough Guise is the first educational video geared toward college and high school students to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century. In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that widespread violence in American society, including the tragic school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, Jonesboro, Arkansas, and elsewhere, needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity. This exciting new media literacy tool — utilizing racially diverse subject matter and examples — will enlighten and provoke students (both males and females) to evaluate their own participation in the culture of contemporary masculinity.

The Line, Nancy Schwartzman, 2010, 24 min. A young woman is raped when a one-night stand far from home goes terribly wrong. In the aftermath, as she struggles to make sense of what happened, she decides to make a film about the relationship between her own experience and the tangle of political, legal, and cultural questions that surround issues of sex and consent. Using a hidden camera, filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman goes head-to-head with the man who assaulted her, recording their conversation in an attempt to move through the trauma of her experience and achieve a better understanding of the sometimes ambiguous line between consent and coercion. The result is a powerful documentary about the terrible personal reality of rape and sexual violence — and the more complicated and ambivalent ways sexual assault is often framed and understood in the wider culture.

Both films presented by the Sexual assault Centre Campaign.

August 7th:

Stranger Inside, Cheryl Dunye, 2001, 90 min Eng w Fr subtitles. The story of a young African American woman named Treasure Lee who has been in and out of jail for as long as she can remember. Now, 21, she is being transferred for the first time to the main State Facility for Women with one thing on her mind. All her young life, Treasure was told that her mother, Margaret “Brownie” Lee, was dead. So when one of her best Gang Girl friends rolls into State before her and tells her about a bad-ass lifer nick-named “Brownie,” Treasure has to find out if her dream could possibly come true. Could there really be a chance to reconnect with the mother she’s never been allowed to have? Will this compelling reunion offer Treasure insight into herself she’s never even imagined? Based on 4 years of research into the lives of incarcerated women, award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Dunye’s Stranger Inside is an authentic study of life on the inside, featuring a landscape of real characters — from the young and tough Treasure to her queen of the roost mother Brownie, from the reforming gang girl Shadow to the hypocritical born-again embezzler Doodle, from Korean shop owner Min who says she killed a girl in self-defense to tough-as-nails Mama Cass who proudly took down her own daughter’s rapist, from the drug-dealing Kit to her white supremacist cellie Fran, from pregnant Tanya to Xanex zombie Patrice.

Unlocking the Gates, Steven Rosenberg on behalf of Women In2Healing BC, 2012, 10 min. A look at Aboriginal women’s struggles within Canada’s  revolving door prison system.

Both films presented by Life After Life.

August 14th:

Mississippi Masala, Mira Nair, 1991, 118 min. During the British rule in India, many Indians were sent to Uganda to assist in the building of a railroad. When the railroad was complete, most of the Indians decided to make Uganda their new home. Soon they became rich property owners and enjoyed a far better standard of living than native Ugandans. Some conservative parents of second generation Ugandan-Indians refused to permit their children to marry native Ugandans. Using this as a pretext, in November of 1972 General Idi Amin made it mandatory for all Asians to leave Uganda, as he wanted Africa to be a “black Africa”. In the movie one of the displaced families was Jay, Kinnu, and their young daughter, Meena, moving from Kampala to Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.A. The family attempted to establish themselves in their new surroundings while reacquainting themselves with their relatives, Anil, Jammubhai, Kusum, Chanda, Kanti, and Pontiac. From 1972 to 1990, Jay and Kinnu ran a liquor shop, while Meena cleaned motel rooms and bathrooms. Since Meena had a dark complexion, she was often mistaken for a Mexican, and Kinnu was unable to find a suitable groom for her. Jay still keeps the hope that one day he will regain his estate in Kampala and return to live there for the rest of his life, and continues to nurse a grudge against the black Africans who had displaced him and taken over his property. Now to make matters worse, Jay gets a rude shock when Anil tells him that Meena is having an affair with a “kaalu” (Black man) named Demetrius Williams, who runs a business cleaning carpets in motel rooms. Watch how tensions rise when salt is rubbed on old wounds, and racism, called “tradition” by some folks in the U.S., raises its ugly head, perhaps to claim more victims – this time Meena and Demetrius – who may not be able to handle the chain of events started by their love for each other.