2/19/2021

From WMM: Celebrate Black History Month with Black Women's Stories


CELEBRATE BLACK WOMEN'S STORIES
In honor of Black History Month, Women Make Movies presents a collection of films that uplift Black women's voices. Discover stories that explore the many intersections of race, nationality, gender, and technology with WMM new releases: STATELESSBLACK FEMINIST and CODED BIAS. Learn about the ongoing fight for reproductive justice in BELLY OF THE BEAST, which was recently shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Original Song!
NEW RELEASES
STATELESS
Directed by Michèle Stephenson
Produced by Jennifer Holness, Lea Marin and Michèle Stephenson
 
Told through the grassroots campaign of attorney Rosa Iris, STATELESS reveals the depths of racial hatred and institutionalized oppression that divide Haiti and the Dominican Republic

"Stateless shows how easily systemic racism and political power can erode a society like a virus..." That Shelf
BLACK FEMINIST
A film by Zanah Thirus

Frustrated by the lack of intersectionality in the women's movement and the misogyny plaguing the Black liberation movement, filmmaker Zanah Thirus set out to shine a light on the complexities and power of Black feminism. Featuring interviews with a wide range of scholars, writers, business owners, veterans and comedians including former Ebony Editor-in-Chief Kyra Kyles, professor Carrie Morris, and author Tami Winfrey Harris, the film lays bare the everyday lived experiences of Black Women everywhere.
BELLY OF THE BEAST
Directed by Erika Cohn
Produced by Angela Tucker
 
BELLY OF THE BEAST exposes a pattern of illegal sterilizations, modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons through the intimate accounts of currently and formerly incarcerated women.

"At once a thrilling legal drama and heartbreaking depiction of devastating human rights violations..." - LA Times
CODED BIAS
A film by Shalini Kantayya
 
When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software misidentifies women and darker-skinned faces, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms.

"The most cleareyed of several recent documentaries about the perils of Big Tech...CODED BIAS tackles its sprawling subject by zeroing in empathetically on the human costs." - NY Times
You may be interested in other films in our Black Women's Stories collection!
Race and Identity
in America
Black Lesbian Poets and Feminist Thinkers
Women in the Global Fight Against AIDS
Poverty, Race and HIV in the Rural South
The First Black Woman to Run for President
Gentrification in a Black Middle-Class Community
Mothers of Murdered Black and Latin Youth
The Life and Work of the Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer
The Life of Actress, Poet and Activist: Beah Richards
Legendary Black Lesbian Feminist Poet Audre Lorde
Black Lesbian Artist and Activist
Women of the Civil Rights Movement
LEARN MORE AND BROWSE THE COLLECTION

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