3/04/2021

From WMM: Stories of Women Changemakers

 WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

 COLLECTION!
Today is International Women's Day! Today, and everyday at WMM, we celebrate the women making change in their communities and leading us into the future. Begin by learning about the untold story of the influence of Indigenous women on early suffragists such as Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in WMM's Without a Whisper (Dir. Katsitsionni Fox).

Follow Mohawk Bear Clan Mother Wakerakatste Louise McDonald Herne and Professor Sally Roesch Wagner as they seek to correct the historical narrative about the origins of the Women's Rights Movement in the United States, shedding light on a hidden history.

Find this film and more in our Women's History Month collection, which highlight women's contributions to culture, communities, and history. Don't miss WMM new releases STATELESS, BLACK FEMINIST, and NICE CHINESE GIRLS DON'T, as well as the highly acclaimed films: CODED BIAS and BELLY OF THE BEAST, which was recently shortlisted for an Oscar in Best Original Song.
STATELESS
Directed by Michèle Stephenson
Produced by Jennifer Holness, Lea Marin and Michèle Stephenson

Attorney Rosa Iris mounts a grassroots campaign in the Dominican Republic, demonstrating the important role women are playing in challenging electoral corruption and advocating for social justice for those who are without a nationality. STATELESS reveals the depths of racial hatred and institutionalized oppression that divide the country, and warns viewers what can happen when racial hatred runs rampant in the government.
"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.
NICE CHINESE GIRLS DON'T: KITTY TSUI
A film by Jennifer Abod
 
Told through the original poetry and stories of Kitty Tsui, an icon considered by many to be one of the foremothers of the Asian Pacific Islander, lesbian feminist movement, NICE CHINESE GIRLS DON'T inspires dialogue around cultural representation of API women and queer identity.

"A personal manifesto and intimate portrait of a pioneering Asian American role model who was decades ahead of her time." - Donald Young, Director of Programs, Center for Asian American Media
BELLY OF THE BEAST
Directed by Erika Cohn
Produced by Angela Tucker
 
When a courageous young woman and radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California women's prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Told through the intimate accounts of currently and formerly incarcerated women, BELLY OF THE BEAST exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice happening in prisons across the U.S.
"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. It turns out, that artificial intelligence, which was created by a homogeneous group of men, is not neutral. What are the consequences for those stuck in the crosshairs due to their race, color, or gender?
"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 Women's History Month collection!
The First Native American Woman Gubernatorial Candidate in Idaho
Combatting Lesbian Invisibility Through Preservation
Women in the Global Fight Against AIDS
Survivors of Domestic Abuse
An Inspiring Story of a Dominican Hotel Worker Turned City Councilor
The First Woman of Color in United States Congress
The Political Role of Women in the Arab World
Native American Women Resisting Sexual Assault
Shirley Chisholm: The First Black Woman to Run for President
A Native Activist Protects Her Tribe's Land From Developers
Founder of the
Gray Panthers
A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation
LEARN MORE AND BROWSE THE COLLECTION

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