Past WOST Events
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TRANSGENDER 101: Some Honest Talk about Transgender Individuals
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
From the film’s website (http://www.trixiefilms.com/teenfem):
Talks by Women's Studies Affiliated Faculty
Senior Comp Presentations by Women's Studies Minors
Feminism Meets Popular Culture
As part of the seminar “Feminism Meets Popular Culture,” the Women’s Studies Program will be screening three Hollywood films that attempt to (however successfully) address feminist issues and concerns. Screenings are open to the public, and all are welcome. For more information, please contact Professor Astrid Henry at email@example.com
"The Stepford Wives"
As part of the "Feminism Meets Popular Culture" seminar this semester, the Women's Studies Program will be screening several films throughout the spring . Our first is the 1975 film that spawned a cultural catchphrase: The Stepford Wives.
"The Stepford Wives is about a small suburb where the women happily go about their housework - cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking gourmet meals - to please their husbands. Unfortunately, Bobbie and Joanna discover that the village's wives have been replaced with robots, and Joanna'a husband wants in on the action." (from imdb.com)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Based on the best selling novel by Terry McMillan, Forest Whitaker’s film follows the lives of four African-American women as they try to deal with their lives and relationships. Their shared friendship becomes the strongest bond between the women as men, careers, and families take them in different directions. Often light-hearted, this movie speaks about some of the problems and struggles that modern women face in today's world. Starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon as the four friends.
Thelma and Louise (1991)
Directed by Ridley Scott, Thelma and Louise sparked a national debate about women and violence. While some critics saw the film as “toxic feminism,” others applauded it for showing women who take control of their own lives, even if they have to resort to violence to do so. Louise (Susan Sarandon) is working in a fast food restaurant as a waitress and has some problems with her friend Jimmy, who, as a musician, is always on the road. Thelma (Geena Davis) is married to Darryl who likes his wife to stay quiet in the kitchen so that he can watch football on TV. One day they decide to break out of their normal life and jump in the car and hit the road. Their journey, however, turns into a flight when Louise kills a man who threatens to rape Thelma. They decide to go to Mexico, but soon they are hunted by American police.
For more information, please contact Professor Astrid Henry, ext. 4476, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday March 15
Thursday March 17
Friday March 18
Monday March 21
Tuesday March 22
Wednesday March 23
Celebrate Women's History Month in March 2004 !
Tuesday March 16, 2004
Wednesday March 17
Thursday March 18
MARCH 22-27, 2004
March 22 Monday: Opening Session 7 PM
Film: Rana's Wedding
Rana wakes up one morning to an ultimatum delivered by her father: She must either choose a husband from a pre-selected list of eligible men, or she must accompany her father abroad. RANA'S WEDDING is a romantic drama about a Palestinian girl who wants to get married to the man of her own choice. With only ten hours to find her boyfriend in occupied Jerusalem, Rana sneaks out of her father's house at daybreak to find her forbidden love, Khalil. Facing barriers and occupation which have become an everyday reality, Rana overcomes her fears and doubts, deciding not to let anyone control her life. By the director of NAZARETH 2000 (HRWIFF 2001), RANA'S WEDDING was shot entirely on location in East-Jerusalem and Ramallah. Winner of the 2003 HRWIFF Nestor Almendros Prize for courage in filmmaking.
Tuesday, March 23- Friday, 26
Tuesday, March 23, 7 PM:
"Does HIV cause AIDS? How can a virus cause a syndrome? It can't!"
Through six intimate and powerful portraits, State of Denial takes an unprecedented look at how the citizens of South Africa are living with the AIDS epidemic, given the climate of confusion and neglect perpetuated by President Mbeki's administration. Revealing conversations with dozens of South Africans adds context to these portraits, capturing the unbreakable spirit of a people determined to conduct their lives with dignity, grace, and humor. Producer/Director Elaine Epstein, a native South African who has worked extensively in AIDS and public health, offers a unique insider's look at the complex issues affecting the nearly five million South Africans living with HIV and AIDS. A film of quiet outrage, State of Denial weaves the personal with the political to create an uplifting portrait of ordinary people in an extraordinary struggle to survive. Sundance Film Festival, 2003
Wednesday, March 24, 7 PM
For over four years, three Colombian filmmakers turned their cameras on themselves, using personal stories to expose the tough reality in their violent, war-ravaged country. According to these filmmakers, Colombia has been functioning for many years in the gray area between legalism and lawlessness. Their portrayal does not aim to confirm the image the outside world has of Colombia as a hotbed of excessive political violence and drug traffic, but instead draws out the beauty and warmth amidst the larger turmoil within their homeland. The humor borders on surreal as the film moves between conversations in the jungle with guerrillas to elegant dinner parties with society's elite. War Takes allows the real lives of its heroes, forever changed by war, to break through the stereotypes, forcing us to rethink our own conceptions, or misconceptions, of the beliefs and values by which these Colombians live.
Thursday, March 25, 7 PM
Friday, March 26, 7 PM
In WELCOME TO HADASSAH HOSPITAL director Ramón Gieling takes a startling, close-up look at the individuals who make up the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Filmmaker Gieling cleverly exposes the pulse of his film when he chooses as his main character the charismatic, controversial and bluntly philosophical Dr. Avi Rivkind who, along with his staff, must regularly treat those affected by, and sometimes those involved in the planning of the numerous suicide attacks which take place in Israel. In a tangible twist of irony, victims and offenders are often treated side by side. The doctors take the situation for granted and make no distinction between their patients; for the patients, the situation is more difficult to swallow. A powerful film about integrity and humanity set against the violence in Israel today.
March 26- 27 Friday- Saturday:
• ADDITIONAL EVENT •
April 4 Monday 7 PM
Sponsored by Center for Women's InterCultural Leadership at Saint Mary's College and Joan B. KROC Institute for Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame
Sonia Sanchez: Carroll Auditorium Tuesday, (2/24) 7:00 p.m.
Renowned writer, poet and activist, Sonia Sanchez has been an influential force in politics and African American literary culture for over three decades. She is the author of over 16 books, including the winner of the 1985 American Book Award in poetry, Homegirls and Handgrenades, and her most recently published work; "Shake Loose My Skin". This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, CWIL, and Women's Studies. For more info, contact OMA, 284-4721
Monday November 3, 2003
Intimate interviews and candid footage introduce Anna, whose need for freedom in a new culture conflicts with her parents' strictness; De'Yona, who dreams of a singing career while coping with family tragedy; Raelene, who confronts violence and issues of self-esteem as a teenage mother; and Lisa, who faces the differences between the feminine roles of her Catholic upbringing and her own wishes.
In documenting the friendships, challenges, and triumphs of these four young women, acclaimed filmmakers Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio have created something truly rare: a searingly honest, inspiring depiction of girls' experiences that provokes reaction from and dialogue between educators, parents, and young women alike.
Artist Amy O'Neill~ Sept 19: 3:30 pm.
Lip Service: Women Directors Engage Popular Culture
Paula Kamen, "Her Way: Monica, Madonna, and Buffy: A New Generation’s Sexual Choices"