Documentary films serve an important community function by affirming lives, making the invisible, visible, and educating others about the stories and histories of people. By preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse efforts of women we continue to breakdown stereotypes and question that which shapes all our lives. This documentary series highlights topics and debates, past and present, now being discussed in classes across the Texas Tech University campus.
Empowering Women & Girls to Lead Series 2013
"Empowering Women & Girls to Lead" is a film series coordinated by students, faculty and staff of the Texas Tech campus. Multiple student lead organizations and departments across campus have supported these films including; AAUW Student Chapter, FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance), Black Student Association, Texas Tech Zeta's, Women for Women Interantional, Military and Veterans Program and the Women's Studies Program.
April 4 | Girl Rising | International Cultural Center | 4th & Indiana Ave. | 6:00 p.m (doors open)Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Watch the trailer here: http://10x10act.org/girl-rising/
Standing on My Sister's Shoulders
April 9 | Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders | Escondido Theatre | 6:00 p.m
The firsthand stories of the Mississippi women who risked their lives in the fight for Civil Rights and emerged as heroines.
The award-winning documentary “Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders”takes on the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950’s and 60’s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it – and emerged as its grassroots leaders. These women stood up and fought for the right to vote and the right to an equal education. They not only brought about change in Mississippi, but they altered the course of American history. (Photograph: Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Gray and Annie Devine)
"A film every American should see and never forget." - William Ferris, PhD, National Endowment for the Humanities
April 16 | Invisible War | Escondido Theatre | 6:00 p.m.
The Invisible War is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow about sexual assault in the United States military. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic of sexual assault in the military – one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, a story the filmmakers are proud to be breaking to the nation and the world. They hope the film will help lead a national dialogue about the crime of rape perpetrated on the very people who have pledged to protect our country and are gratified to see the film is already making an impact. Since it premiered at Sundance, the film has been circulating through the highest levels of the Pentagon and the administration. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta watched The Invisible Waron April 14, 2012. Two days later, he directed military commanders to hand over all sexual assault investigations to a higher-ranking colonel. At the same time, Panetta announced that each branch of the armed forces would establish a Special Victims Unit. While these are promising first steps, much more needs to be done.
Beyond The Battlefield, Soldiers Fight An 'Invisible War' - NPR, February 11th, 2013
Threading the Needle Series 2008-2009
Threading the Needle is a film series coordinated by the Women’s Studies Program to serve as an extension of the classroom, examining the cultural and social construction of gender by exploring the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men.
Differing Perspectives, Differing Bodies - Spring 2009
A documentary film series discussion bringing awareness of eating disorders and body image to the forefront of our community. As part of the awareness week, "Feed Your Body and Soul" hosted by the Student Counseling Center, along with other university departments, this film series acts as part of the discussion to promote different aspects of physical, mental and emotional health and wellness.
Passing the Reins of Leadership - Fall 2008
This film series told the story of the great social movement in American history.
It is difficult to imagine now, a time when women were largely removed by custom,
practice, and law from the formal political rights and responsibilities that supported
and sustained our nation's young deocracy. By showcasing the history of the women's
movement, women running for president, and the fforts by women to continue the charge
for equal rights in American life, this documentary series highlighted topics and
debates, past and present, now being discussed in classes across the Texas Tech University
campus. Films Featured:
One Woman, One Vote (1995)
CHISHOLM '72 Unbought & Unbossed (2003)
Sisters of '77 (2005)
Queer Reels and Real Topics - Spring 2008
A documentary film series discussion emphasizing the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender experiences highlighting topics and debates concerning current events past and present.
Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and the School of Art.
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