8/24/2018

YOURS IN SISTERHOOD: A New Film on Feminism from 1970-2017




Irene Lusztig's
YOURS IN SISTERHOOD
A collective portrait of feminist conversation 40 years ago and today 
The critically-acclaimed documentary YOURS IN SISTERHOOD was inspired by the breadth and complexity of letters that were sent in the 1970s to the editor of Ms.- America's first mainstream feminist magazine. The film documents hundreds of strangers from around the U.S. who were invited to read aloud and respond to these letters written by women, men and children from diverse backgrounds. Collectively, the letters feel like an encyclopedia of both the 70s and the women's movement- an almost literal invocation of the second-wave feminist slogan "the personal is political." The intimate, provocative, and sometimes heartbreaking conversations that emerge from these performances invite viewers to think about the past, present, and future of feminism.
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"Irene Lusztig remaps the connections between then and now, here and there, you and I with brilliant formal clarity. By giving voice to the unheard letters, Lusztig and those she films also remind us that ordinary women in every corner of the country, who have drawn primarily from personal experience, have been some of feminism's most brilliant thinkers." - Shilyh Warren, Associate Professor, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

"Lusztig asks us not to simply admire or condemn and thereby distance ourselves from what she found in this feminist archive, but to engage with the ongoing violence, discrimination, and, sometimes, loneliness and isolation described by the letters, as they happen right now, today. The result is simple and staggering." 
- LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS

"Unconventional and provocative. Inventively fuses the past with the present - and reminds viewers how, in many ways, little has changed for women in America. The letters, which encompass topics such as sexual harassment and assault, and racism and white supremacy, instantaneously bring to mind parallels to the current day. A fascinating experiment in space and performance."
- THE HUFFINGTON POST

Watch the trailer:

YOURS IN SISTERHOOD | Women Make Movies | Trailer
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