Film Series

Women at Work: The Domestic Is Not Free

 
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Nov 2—Nov 10, 2018
 
   
 
 
 
 
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The domestic labor of women—as homemakers, caretakers, and familial partners—has been historically erased and undervalued. The third installment in our wide-ranging Women at Work program spotlights the often-invisible contributions of women at home and in the workforce and considers the myriad ways in which women across the world have challenged or subverted traditional associations between gender and domesticity. Exploring the intersections of labor, race, class, and social environment, these films reveal urgent, human stories of sacrifice and endurance that too often go unnoticed.

Curated by Natalie Erazo, Department Coordinator, Cinema


 
Black Girl
Film
Black Girl + Fannie's Film + Fucked Like A Star
Fri, Nov 2, 2018
 
Black Girl + Fannie's Film + Fucked Like A Star
Fri, Nov 2, 2018
 

The hopes, dreams, and struggles of working black women are illuminated in this quietly revolutionary program, which features Ousmane Sembéne’s post-colonial landmark Black Girl.

+ Appearance by Stefani Saintonge
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The Milk of Sorrow/La Teta Asustada
Film
The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)
Sat, Nov 3, 2018
 
The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)
Sat, Nov 3, 2018
 

The ghosts of Peru’s past continue to haunt the present in Claudia Llosa’s hypnotic, magical realist fable about a young indigenous woman reckoning with the traumas endured by her mother.

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Jeanne Dielman
Film
Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce... + Semiotics of the Kitchen
Sat, Nov 3, 2018
 
Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce... + Semiotics of the Kitchen
Sat, Nov 3, 2018
 
The kitchen becomes the site of feminist revolt in Chantal Akerman’s epic, slow-burn portrait of a Belgian homemaker coming undone. Plus, Martha Rosler’s savagely parodic anti-cooking instructional.
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Safe
Film
Safe
Sat, Nov 3, 2018
 
Safe
Sat, Nov 3, 2018
 

Todd Haynes’ suburban nightmare stars Julianne Moore as a California housewife whose picture-perfect life breaks down when she develops a mysterious allergy to seemingly all aspects of modern existence.

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Semiotics of the Kitchen + Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Film
The Day I Became a Woman + Woman of a Thousand Fires
Sun, Nov 4, 2018
 
The Day I Became a Woman + Woman of a Thousand Fires
Sun, Nov 4, 2018
 

Director Marziyeh Meshkini and avant-grade trailblazer Chick Strand bring stirring poetry and a touch of surrealism to these portraits of women living in Iran, Greece, Mexico, and beyond.

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Ama-San
Film
Ama-San
Sun, Nov 4, 2018
 
Ama-San
Sun, Nov 4, 2018
 

Awash in gorgeous, mysterious images, Cláudia Varejão’s dreamy documentary spotlights the ancient Japanese tradition of the ama: “sea women” who dive for pearls and abalone without modern scuba gear.

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Mahanagar
Film
Mahanagar (The Big City)
Mon, Nov 5, 2018
 
Mahanagar (The Big City)
Mon, Nov 5, 2018
 

One of master director Satyajit Ray’s finest works vividly portrays the ways in which class, capitalism, and tradition shape women’s lives via the story of a Kolkata housewife entering the workforce.

+ Intro by Dessane Lopez Cassell
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Lip
Film
Daydream Therapy: Shorts Program
Tue, Nov 6, 2018
 
Daydream Therapy: Shorts Program
Tue, Nov 6, 2018
 

From classic Hollywood to the LA Rebellion (plus a special surprise presentation), this eclectic program explores the complex history of black women’s relationship to domestic work.

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Good Manners
Film
Good Manners
Fri, Nov 9, 2018
 
Good Manners
Fri, Nov 9, 2018
 

This brilliantly original Brazilian genre-bender is a deliciously dark, lushly stylized modern-day fairy tale of class, race, sexuality…and werewolves.

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Wildness
Film
WILDNESS
Sat, Nov 10, 2018
 
WILDNESS
Sat, Nov 10, 2018
 

Wu Tsang’s colorfully imaginative documentary chronicles the life, death, and afterlife of the Silver Platter, a Los Angeles bar that for decades was a haven for Latinx queer and transgender communities.

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PAST EVENTS
Union maids
Film Series
Women at Work: Labor Activism
 

The hidden histories of how courageous women shaped the labor movement.

Mar 2—Mar 8, 2018
FILM SERIES
 
 
Chisholm Hire
Film Series
Women at Work: Radical Creativity
 

A tribute to visionary women who have refused to be second-guessed or silenced.

Aug 10—Aug 16, 2018