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Wheredoblackwomenactivists fit into the
epochal struggles for equality and liberation
during the 1960s and70s?This feature-length
documentaryunearths the storyof black
women’s politicalmarginalization—between the
male-dominatedBlack Powermovement and
secondwave feminism, whichwas largelywhite
andmiddle class—showinghoweach failed to
recognizeblackwomen’s overlapping racial and
gender identities.
Archival footage and in-depth interviewswith
formermembers of theStudent Nonviolent
CoordinatingCommittee (SNCC), SNCC’sBlack
Women’s LiberationCommittee, theBlack Panther
Party,ThirdWorldWomen’sAlliance, and the
National BlackWomen’s Feminist Organization
reveal howblackwomenmobilized, fought for
recognition, and raisedawareness of howsexism
and class issues affectedwomenof colorwithin
andoutsideTheBlack PowerMovement and
mainstreamfeminism. Prominently featured
activists include FrancesBeale,AngelaDavis,
KolaBoof, Nikki Giovanni, RosemariMealy, Judy
Richardson, GwendolynSimmons, Deborah
Singletary, andEugeniaWiltshire. Required
viewing forWomen’sStudies,AfricanAmerican
Studies, and students of theCivil Rights
Movement.
NewYorkAfricanDiasporaFilmFestival
LondonFeminist FilmFestival
PanAfricanFilmFestival
CinemAfricaFilmFestival
Black Int’l CinemaBerlin
ReflectionsUnheard:
BlackWomen inCivil Rights
AfilmbyNevlineNnaji
“Nnaji’sfilmisacompelling
andtimelyportrayalof the
discriminationthatblack
feministsenduredduring
theAmericancivil rights
struggle…”
Feminist Perspektiv
“AsmanyyoungBlack
womenbegintoexplore
feministworksbynoted
womenofcolor, thisfilmis
avaluableandimportant
narrativethat’sbeenadded
tothediscourse.”
Tiff Jones
CoffeeRhetoric
“Theways inwhichit
touchesuponthe
experiencesofblack
womeninrelationtothe
masculinistBlackPower
movementaswellas the
emergingwhite
middle-class feminist
movement, arebrilliant
andincisive.”
ElaineCastill
Author
US, 2013, 81minutes
Color, DVD
Sale: $350
Rental: $125
OrderNo. L141131
Structuredas apersonal journeyof rediscovery
byfilmmaker Jennifer Lee, this documentary
brings themomentous first decadeof second-
wave feminismvividly to life. Its trajectory starts
with the earliest stirrings in1963 andendswith
themovement’s full blossoming in1970—from
thePresidential Commission’s report on
widespreaddiscriminationagainstwomenand
publicationof Betty Friedan’s
FeminineMystique
up through radical feminists’ takeover of the
Statueof Liberty andFriedan’s calls for a
women’s strike for equality.Awealthof period
footage captures landmark events and thepivotal
roles of theNational Organization forWomen
(NOW), theEqual Employment Opportunities
Commission (EEOC), theStudent Nonviolent
CoordinatingCommittee (SNCC), Redstockings,
andother organizations.Thirty-fivediverse
interviewees, including rank-and-file activists
alongwithwell-known feministsBetty Friedan,
FlorenceBeale, GloriaSteinem, RobinMorgan,
Ti-GraceAtkinson, andothers, sharememories of
theperiodaswell as issues and challenges that
still resonate today.Agreat introduction to
Women’sStudies and critical viewing for
historians andacademics interested in feminism,
activismand theWomen’sMovement.
LosAngelesWomen’s Int’l FilmFestival, Best of Fest for
Documentary
Feminist:
StoriesFromWomen’sLiberation
AfilmbyJennifer Lee
“FEMINISTSTORIESis
poignant, funny, very
powerful, and
unapologetic…
Thefilmisamust-see.”
CharlesClymer
TheHuffingtonPost
“Lee’sfilmmakesahuge
leapinuncoveringour
buriedhistoryaswomen, a
gift togirlsandwomenand
boysandmenalike.”
MelanieKlein,
Professor, Sociology
andWomen’sStudies,
SantaMonicaCollege
“Rememberingand
studyingthewomenwho
brokethebarriersbefore
us isnot just theright thing
todo;weignoretheir
hard-wonlessonsatour
ownperil. ForAmerican
women, ourcareless
amnesiaisplainpoison
andLee’sfilmisahealthy
portionof theantidote.”
TheHuffingtonPost
US, 2013, 64minutes
Color, DVD
Sale: $350
Rental: $125
OrderNo. L141137
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