Events 2007-2008


Feminist Film Series
Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
Arts 215


April 4
Woman of the Year
Directed by George Stevens (1942)

Tess and Sam work on the same newspaper and don't like each other very much... but eventually they fall in love and get married. Balancing her flashy career with marital bliss turns out to be a big challenge for the worldly Tess, whose husband struggles to support her ambition while keeping their marriage from falling apart. As one of the most famous feminists in the country, she is even elected as "the woman of the year". Being busy all the time, she forgets how to really be a woman and Sam begins to feel neglected.


April 11 
Directed by Kenneth Glenaan (2004

Yasmin searches for identity as a Westernized woman working in Britain while living among her own Pakistani culture. In her poverty stricken town with high unemployment and racism, she deals with guilt and transgression. Having rebelled as a teenager, Yasmin agrees to marry her cousin to please her widowed father. After a total identity crisis, the internment of Yasmin's husband triggers a new determination and a sense of purpose. Yasmin fights for his release from a holding centre - and utimately is forced to re-evaluate her faith, her culture, and her relationships.


April 18
The Syrian Bride
Directed by Eran Riklis (2004)

Mona's wedding day was the saddest day of her life. She knew that once she crosses the border between Israel and Syria to marry Tallel, she will never be able to go back to her family in a Druze village in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The story of Mona's wedding day portrays all the guests at her wedding focusing on Mona's modernized sister Amal, who is trapped in traditions she wants to break away from.


April 25
Veronica Guerin
Directed by Joel Schumacher (2003)

Based on a true story, the Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, a reporter for The Sunday Independent, exposed some of Dublin's most powerful crime barons and drug lords in 1996. For more than 18 months, she'd been digging into and writing about the drug trade, starting with the youths who were hooked and working up to the big dealers. As she gets close to the biggest crook, John Gilligan, she's given a warning shot, a gunshot wound, a beating, and a threat against her young son. Her loved ones try to dissuade her, as does a key informant John Traynor. What drives her on - idealism, the chase, fame?


May 2
Molly Haskell Lecture

Molly Haskell is an author and film critic from Virginia, and currently lives in New York. She worked at the French Film Office in the 1960's, writing a newsletter about French films for the New York press and interpreting when directors came to America  for the opening of their films. She went to The Village Voice as a theatre critic and movie reviewer; and from there to New York Magazine and Vogue. She has written for many publications, including The New York Times and The New York Observer. Her books include "From Reverence to Rape: the Treatment of Women in the Movies" (1989); "Love and Other Infectious Diseases" (1990); and, in 1997, a collection of essays and interviews, "Holding My Own in No Man’s Land: Women and Men and Films and Feminists".

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May 9
A Map of the World
Directed by Scott Elliott (1999)

Alice Goodwin, wife, mother and part time nurse, feels like an outsider on her husband’s farm, and so embraces a cynical, sarcastic humor as a defense mechanism. One day, while watching her friend Teresa’s two-year-old daughter Lizzie, Alice has to step away for a few minutes, and she returns to discover Lizzie has fallen into a pond near the house; the child falls into a coma and dies several days later. Alice is ostracized from the community, sent to jail while awaiting trial, and falls into a deep depression. Meanwhile, her husband and friend Theresa begin edging into a romance.


May 16
The Official Story
Directed by Luis Puenzo (1985)

This story, based on real events that took place in Argentina, looks at a married couple torn apart by the campaign of killings and torture taking place in Argentina in the mid 1970s. Alicia, a high school teacher, and her husband Roberto, a wealthy businessman, adopt a little girl named Gaby. After five years Alicia wonders about the parents of Gaby, a topic her husband has told her to forget. Alicia begins to do some political and personal research, and discovers the truth of Gaby's dead parents and that her husband was involved in the government’s nasty repression.


May 23
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami (2002)

This film focuses on ten conversations between a female driver in Tehran and the passengers in her car. The first exchange is with her young son, Amin. Other segments introduce different characters, including a jilted bride, a prostitute, and a woman on her way to prayer.  There are ten segments that are taped (hence the title of the movie) as she drives to and from her daily activities.  The movie shows a deeply sensitive woman who wants to help others and be there for her son while being her own person.


May 30
The Magdalene Sisters
Directed by Peter Mullan (2002)

The film follows the stories of four young women - Margaret, Rose, Bernadette and Crispina - who were all forced by their families or caretakers to go to the Magdalene Asylum. Margaret was sent there by her family after she was raped by a cousin. Rose and Crispina were sent after having children born out of wedlock. Bernadette was sent there from the orphanage in which she lived for her apparent vanity and flirting with some neighborhood boys. The film follows the girls' arrival at the laundry, their experiences there and the different ways in which they eventually leave the asylum.


June 6
Marie Antoinette
Directed by Sofia Coppola (2006)

An often maligned and misunderstood young woman, Marie Antoinette emerges neither as staid historical villain nor divine idol -- but as a confused and lonely teenage outsider thrust against her will into a decadent and scandal-plagued world on the eve of disaster.  Whether she is being idealized for her impeccable style or vilified for being unforgivably out of touch with her subjects, reaction to Marie Antoinette is always extreme. Yet, slowly, as she matures, she begins to find her way as a wife, mother and Queen -- only to be tragically swept up in a bloody revolution that alters France forever.