Women’s Heritage Month movie discussion prep: Observing a few greats to discuss about March 23

Now is Worldwide Women’s Working day, and this is Women’s History Month – and to rejoice girls and females in film, Cambridge Working day is partnering with the Boston Women’s Film Festival to sponsor a dialogue close to three decide on films chronicling various aspects of girls in history in The us. More than the next two weeks, intrigued individuals should watch (or reacquaint them selves with) the picked movies outlined under (offered via several streaming platforms) and join the virtual conversation with our panel. The cost-free, virtual occasion, which will just take put at 7 p.m. March 23, is meant to be an open up and interactive discussion board. 

Indication up for the Women’s Historical past Thirty day period Movie Dialogue at the Boston Women’s Film Competition Web page 


The panel

Jo-Ann Graziano, govt director of the Boston Women’s Film Competition and a lecturer in comparative media research/composing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Allyson Johnson, Cambridge Day film critic and member of the Boston Modern society of Movie Critics

James Nadeau, associate director of the Boston Women’s Movie Pageant, previous govt director of Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Competition, and a movies scientific studies lecturer at MIT and Lesley University’s College of Artwork & Style and design

Tom Meek, Cambridge Day’s film editor and a writer, Cambridge Middle for Adult Education and learning and Grub Road instructor and member of the Boston Modern society of Movie Critics


Movie 1: ‘North Country’ (2005)

Niki Caro’s observe-up to her groundbreaking 2002 tale about a younger Maori girl’s coming of age “Whale Rider” depicts the very first key case of sexual harassment to efficiently see authorized justice. The harassment does not tale position in a company office tower with fantastic old boys leering and jeering, but in the coal mines of northern Minnesota. Charlize Theron plays Josey Aimes, a hairdresser who opts for the subterranean vocation to make triple the pay back. She also speaks her intellect – openly and strongly so. The extraordinary cast features Sissy Spacek and Richard Jenkins as Josey’s dad and mom and Frances McDormand and Jeremy Renner as miners sympathetic to her bring about, as perfectly as Sean Bean and Woody Harrelson. The actor who played the younger woman in “Whale Rider,” Keisha Castle-Hughes, was nominated for the Finest Actress Oscar and dropped to Theron enjoying serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.” Streaming on Amazon Primary Movie, iTunes and other platforms. 


Film 2: ‘Pariah’ (2011)

Dee Ree’s debut attribute “Pariah” tells the tale of Alike (played by Adepero Oduye, “12 Many years a Slave” and “Tazmanian Devil”), a younger African American discovering her identification as a lesbian in New York City. The movie, an expansion of the 2007 limited Rees made as a university student at New York College, follows Alike’s struggles to discover acceptance inside a family members operate by an evangelical mom (Kim Wayans, beautiful) who refuses to settle for Alike’s identification. “Pariah,” which Rees has named “semi-autobiographical,” gained the cinematography award at the 2011 Sundance Movie Competition. Her subsequent tasks contain “Mudbound” (2017, with Rees nominated at the Oscars for Greatest Screenplay and Cambridge-bred Rachel Morrison turning out to be the 1st woman nominee in the cinematography classification) and “The Final Factor He Wanted” (2020). Streaming on Amazon Primary Video clip, iTunes and other platforms.


Movie 3: ‘Maya Lin: A Solid Very clear Vision’ (1994)

While an undergraduate at Yale in 1981, Maya Lin eclipsed 1,400 entries to get the “blind” national competitiveness for her structure of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, presenting a pristine surroundings featuring a location to grieve, pay homage and heal. At 20, she did not expect the ensuing political backlash and discrimination against her as an Asian American lady. Freida Lee Mock’s Oscar-profitable documentary captures Lin’s quiet fortitude in remaining genuine to her aesthetic eyesight in a male-dominated planet of politics, veterans affairs and art criticism. Lin is typically the only woman in the frame in archival footage of the debates bordering the set up. The film also follows Lin’s meticulous and focused exertion on the Civil Legal rights Memorial in Alabama and her early occupation in New York Metropolis, and bookends it all with the triumphant 10-calendar year anniversary of the Vietnam memorial. Lin went on to provide on the jury for the style and design of the 9/11 Memorial, was inducted into the Countrywide Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005 and acquired the Presidential Medal of Liberty in 2016. Filmmaker Mock’s other performs include things like “Return with Honor” (1998), narrated by Tom Hanks, “Anita: Talking Reality to Power” (2013), and “Ruth – Justice Ginsburg in her personal Words” (2019). Mock was the initially governor of the documentary branch of the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences and was honored with a life span accomplishment award by the Global Documentary Association in 2019. Out there to lease on Vimeo.


Supplemental proposed Women’s Historical past Thirty day period viewing from the panel: 

  • “Advantageous” (Phang, 2015)
  • “But I’m a Cheerleader” (Babbit, 1999)
  • Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed” (Lynch, 2004)
  • “Chutney Popcorn” (Ganatra, 1999)
  • “Daughters of the Dust” (Sprint, 1991)
  • “Desert Hearts” (Deitch, 1985)
  • “Fast Color” (Hart, 2018)
  • “Grace of My Heart” (Anders, 1996)
  • “Hard, Rapidly and Gorgeous!” (Lupino, 1951)
  • “High Art” (Cholodenko, 1998)
  • “Knock Down the House” (Lears, 2019)
  • “Little Women” (Armstrong, 1994)
  • “Rambling Rose” (Coolidge, 1991)
  • “Represent” (Bachelder, 2020)
  • “The Rider” (Zhao, 2018)
  • “Saving Face” (Wu, 2005)
  • “The Unconquered” (Hamilton, 1954)
  • “The Watermelon Woman” (Dunye, 1996)
  • “Zero Darkish Thirty” (Bigelow, 2012) 

Jo-Ann Graziano and James Nadeau contributed to this post.

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