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Feminist* Film Series

Join us several times throughout the term for our film series! Why a film series? In accordance with the Women's Center mission and vision, and in the context of the campus-wide focus on Liberal Education, our film series is designed to improve the intellectual and practical skills of our participants and to emphasize our responsibility as individuals to engage in active and integrated learning.

Spring 2014 Films


Why we titled the series Feminist*

 Our working definition of feminism is the fight for equality for all genders, while recognizing that we are not all the same even if we share a gender identity.

The common theme of our film series is gender equality – which is inclusive of discussions on women’s rights, constructions of masculinity, and cultural differences and understandings. The staff of both Women’s Center and Diversity and Inclusion Programs in Reeve Union view feminism as encapsulating all of these issues. However, this is not without contention. Many who fight for gender equality do not identify with the term ‘feminist’ and might instead identify, amongst other options, as a womanist, humanist, mujerista, and human rights activist. For brevity and because of our own cultural locations, we chose ‘Feminist Film Series’, but would like to utilize the asterisk to signify that this term is open for debate. As part of our film series, we hope to explore what feminism means and its applicability (or lack thereof) to different cultural locations and contexts.

In conjunction with Diversity and Inclusion Programs, the Women's Center is pleased to offer three opportunities to participate in our film series.

February 25th, 6pm, Reeve Theater, Silent Choices.

Showing of Silent Choices (60 Minutes), followed by a discussion led by TBA.

Find the trailer here.

"Silent Choices" is about abortion and its impact on the lives of African American women. The film is a "hybrid" documentary: part historical piece, part social and religious analysis and part first-person narrative. From African Americans' cautious involvement with Margaret Sanger during the early birth control movement to black nationalists and civil rights activists who staunchly opposed abortion (or stayed silent on the issue), "Silent Choices" examines the juxtaposition of racial and reproductive politics. Three black women also share their stories of the abortions they had, including a woman's wrenching tale of the illegal procedure she endured. African Americans who oppose abortion were also interviewed, and the film wraps up with a montage of responses to a comment made by one of the pro-lifers, that abortion is a white woman's issue.


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March 14th, 6:30pm, Time Community Theater, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.

Showing of Wonder Women! (55 minutes), followed by a discussion led by Renee Gasch.

Find the trailer here.

Wonder Women

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.



Renée Gasch

National Community Engagement Manger, ITVS

 Renée manages national outreach for the ITVS Women and Girls Lead campaign and Independent Lens documentary series Monday nights on PBS. In collaboration with filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Renee produced the film's discussion guide, organized premiere screenings in 2013, and launched the online game and curriculum for Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Prior to ITVS, she was an Associate Producer for the Miss Representation documentary and led community outreach for the International Museum of Women. She lives in Green Bay.

April 22nd, 6pm, Sage 1214, Miss You Can Do It.

Showing of Miss You Can Do It (75 minutes), followed by a discussion led by TBD.

Find the trailer here.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age two, Abbey Curran never accepted her physical limitations. She admits her disability comes with lifelong challenges, but none that hold her back, playing sports (she "just falls more") and driving a car with a special steering wheel and brake. Curran's resilience and determination to pursue her dreams led her to become the first woman with disabilities to compete in the Miss USA Pageant® in 2008.

Miss You Can Do It highlights the extraordinary work Curran is doing with the pageant she founded. Curran and a team of enthusiastic volunteers give participants a chance to be celebrated for all they are inside, not just defined by what the world sees on the outside. For one special weekend the young girls, along with family and friends, some who have traveled far distances, spend time in an oasis of fun, femininity and celebration.

No one leaves the pageant empty-handed, with each girl receiving a special award. The real winners of the pageant might be the families and friends, who proudly cheer them on from the audience. 

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Fall 2013 Films

In conjunction with Diversity and Inclusion Programs, the Women's Center is pleased to offer three opportunities to participate in our film series.

October 15th, 6pm, Reeve Theater, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible.

Showing of Mirrors of Privilege (50 Minutes), followed by a discussion led by TBA.

Find the trailer here.

Mirrors of Privilege, a simply made but surprisingly compelling film, introduces white people to the part of our whiteness we've learned not to see, through a series of conversations with white people who have thought deeply about race. A professor of women’s studies from New York recalls feeling baffled after reading two essays from African American women arguing that white women were oppressive to work for. “How can that be?” she wondered. “We’re so nice.” She decided to investigate. “If I have anything I didn't earn,” she told herself, “show me.” She meditated over this challenge and within three months had identified 46 examples.

Throughout the film, some scenarios are powerfully illustrated in dance. One tableau shows three people, down on all fours, lined up shoulder to shoulder. Across their backs reclines a white woman, languorously reading a book, oblivious to the trembling arms of the black man who’s holding her up.
These are images and voices that have been largely missing from America’s discussion of race—articulate, principled, caring white people struggling to come to grips with their own fear, guilt, and ambivalence. They form, as anti-racism activist Van Jones puts it, “a cry from the heart of white people working to restore their own humanity.”

October 30th, 6pm, Sage 1210, Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony.

Showing of Bronies (87 minutes), followed by a discussion led by Dr. Geneva Murray. 

Find the trailer here.

In 2010, producer Lauren Faust reworked the notoriously sexist My Little Pony franchise to attempt a quality TV series for both girls and their parents to enjoy, My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic.  As it turns out, Faust succeeded beyond anyone's expectations with an acclaimed hit that also created an adult and teen male fandom no one saw coming, the "Bronies".  This film explores this following with a look at the franchise, the lives of particular fans around the world and the creative passions their seemingly unusual interest inspires.  Although sometimes troubles by the prejudice of other, these kindred spirits enjoy a community experience both in spirit and at conventions that has a special magic all its own.

November 5th, 6pm, Reeve Theater, Girl Rising

Showing of Girl Rising (101 minutes), followed by a discussion led by TBA

Find the trailer here.

The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arrange marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices.  Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration.  By getting education, they're able to break barriers and create change.

Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neesan, Meryl Streep, and Chloe Moretz narrate this inspirational profile of nine girls from across the globe who vow to get an education desprite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their paths.  From Cambodian orphan Sokha to Nepalese composer Suma and nomadic Indian Ruksana, each of these girls has an incredible story to tell as they strive to get a proper education, and realize their true potential.  In hearing those stories, we discover how a single girl with drive and determination can become the catalyst for positive change on a global scale.

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