Female Empowerment Film Showcase
Big Muddy Film Festival presents Wearing the Big Heart, Here Still, and Left on Pearl.
February 22nd, 4-6pm at Longbranch Cafe and Bakery.
This event is free and open to the public.
Wearing the Big Heart
Directed by Tony Carter-Hill
5 mins | US | Not Rated
A personal film that magnifies a series of peculiar moments from the initial Women's March in Los Angeles, California.
Directed by Alyssa Michener
24 mins | US | Not Rated
Here Still is a short documentary film about surviving intimate partner violence. The goal of the film is to empower survivors both on and off the screen through the creation of a collective voice. The focus is on the healing process as opposed to the abuse itself, a conversation that is rarely discussed.
Left on Pearl
Directed by Susan Rivo
55 mins | US | Not Rated
In 1971 classified ads for employment were still segregated by gender, battered women's shelters did not exist, abortion was illegal, and married women couldn’t open a bank account without their husbands’ permission. LEFT ON PEARL is about the movement that changed all that. This fast-paced 55 minute documentary focuses on a highly significant but little-known event in the history of the women's liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women. The ten-day occupation of 888 Memorial Drive by women demanding a Women’s Center and low income housing for the community in which the building stood, embodied within it many of the hopes and glories - as well as the conflicts and fault lines – of what came to be known as Second Wave feminism. One of the few takeovers by women for women, this radical action proved life-changing for the participants, and led directly to the founding of the longest continuously operating Women's Center in the U.S. Through extensive TV news coverage from the time, newspaper headlines, found footage, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses of varied sexual orientations, racial, class and ethnic backgrounds (including both supporters and opponents of the takeover), LEFT ON PEARL documents a watershed moment in the early days of the Women’s Liberation Movement, situating it within the broader political ferment of the time – the anti-war, civil rights, Black Power and gay liberation movements. The film highlights the hilarity and excitement, as well as the challenges and fault-lines within this social movement.
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