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Women and Girls Short Films - 1971 and 2018

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The City College of New York Shepard Hall

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As the 2018 midterm elections approach and the #MeToo movement finally confronts the top judiciary branch, we present some shorts that look at the roles and thoughts of women in two different generations and two different countries.

This free program of shorts on women and girls, features 1st Little Ladies (2018, A. Joffee) on the thoughts and hopes of young girls on the eve of the 2016 election and Hilary Clinton's run for president; Family in Exile (2018, F. Matousse), a documentary about the conflicts within the filmmaker's Moroccan family, touching on gender tensions, religious beliefs, and parent/child relationships, and Janie's Janie (1971, Newsreel) a rarely seen documentary about a working class mother who frees herself from an abusive marriage to become an activist/organizer, exploring gender roles, class and race.Some of the filmmakers and participants will be present. Featuring: April Joffee of 1st Little Ladies and Stephanie Palewski and Peter Barton of Janie's Janie!

Cosponsored by the Documentary Forum at CCNY. At City College, Shepard Hall Rm 290/291.

The focus of 1st Little Ladies is to let young voices be heard, and particularly show how Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign shaped the aspirations/hopes/fears/doubts of young girls pre and post the 2016 election. This film marks a milestone in history, and opens the first chapter of discussion from a perspective not often considered, in the big wide world of politics.

Family in Exile is an intimate documentary, set in Morocco, about the conflicts within the filmmaker’s family. It is a daughter's quest to understand her father’s refusal, over many years, to interact with her and her mother. Through a series of revealing conversations with family members, stories touching on gender tensions, religious beliefs, and parent/child relationships are evoked. It is a personal visual letter of resistance by a daughter to a dictatorial father.

Janie's Janie, produced by The Newsreel collective,is an extraordinary document of the early 1970's women's movement. In this personal documentary, Jane Giese, a working class woman in Newark, comes to realize that she has to take control of her own life after years of physical and mental abuse. As Janie says, "First I was my father's Janie, then I was my Charlie's Janie, now I'm Janie's Janie."



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