Kresge Town Hall
7:00 pm Sharp
FRIDAY, APRIL 16
Women of Color
SATURDAY, APRIL 17
This Is Our Skin,
These Are Our Lives
SUNDAY, APRIL 18
We Was Girls Together:
Sexuality & Culture
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Donation of $3-5 requested
An evening of conversation on the dynamics of collaboration across differences of culture, sexuality and gender featring film excerpts by and the participation of some of the outstanding women of Color artists in film/videomaking today. Ada Gay Griffin is a filmmaker and Executive Director of Third World Newsreel, the only film and video company (distribution and production) in the U.S. which is eclusively commited to U.S. and international film/videomakers of Color. Michelle Parkerson, an award winning filmmaker (Gotta Make This Journey: Sweet Honey in the Rock) will be discussing for the first time ever, with Griffin, their collaboration on the forthcoming Audre Lorde documentary project. The Academy Award winning Lourdes Portillo (Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo), will show some of her forthcoming work as will Academy Award nominated director Renee Tajima (Who Killed Vincent Chin?). Excerpts from works and works-in-progress to be shown are: Fortune Cookie: In Search of Asian America by Renee Tajima, (forthcoming 1993, PBS) ¥ Can't Jail The Revolution, Break the Walls Down by Ada Gay Griffin and Kenyatta Funderbunk ¥ A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde by Michelle Parkerson and Ada Gay Griffin (forthcoming 1993/94), ¥ Mirrors of the Heart, Columbus on Trial by Lourdes Portillo, (forthcoming 1993, PBS). Introductions by Angela Y. Davis, History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz. Moderated by Rosa Linda Fregoso, Chicano Studies/Women's Studies, UC Davis & Carolyn Martin Shaw, Provost of Kresge College, UC Santa Cruz.
Issei Wahine by Ann Moiyasu ¥ A portrait of labor and family history on Hawai’an sugar plantations told through personal "talk stories" of Koma Kokubun and the reminiscences of her grandaughter. Koma immigrated from Japan to work in the cane fields over seventy years ago, hertold through archival and personal photos, "hole-hole-bushi" and "Hapa-Haole" Hawaiian music. Navajo Talking Picture by Arlene Bowman ¥ A study of the attempts of an urban-raised film student to document the tratnal ways of her grandmother, who forcefully objects to this invasion of her privacy. What emerges are questions of "insider/outsider" status, in a protrait of an assimilated Navajo struggling to use a "white man's" medium to capture her cultural past. Daily Rain by Cauleen Smith ¥ An experimental meditation on the effects of racism and sexism on the lives of African American women, and the ways in which they confron or avoid the pain, evoked in its retelling. Mujeria: Olmeca Rap/Primitive & Proud by T. Osa Hidalgo de la Riva ¥ A funky, animated feminist rap video reading of indigenous identity throughout history, and its connection to contermporary Chicana lesbiana sensibility and sensuality. ¥ FILM/VIDEOMAKER DISCUSSION ¥ INTERMISSION ¥ SECOND SCREENING: 9:30PM No Justice, No Peace: Young, Black ImMEDIAte by Portia Cobb ¥ Cobb screened and discussed her compelling video Who Are You?: An Oakland Story at last year's festival. This year we are screening her piece on the L.A. Rebellions. The Nation Erupts by Donna Golden, Art Jones, Tom Poole ¥ This video documents the reaction over the verdict of the Rodney King case and the rebellion that followed by people of color around the country, with footage from camcorder activists and videomakers around the country. Measures of Distance by Mona Hatoum ¥ Palestinian-born video and performance artist Mona Hatoum explores the renewal of friendship between mother and duaghter during a brief family reunion in war-torn Lebanon in 1981. Through letters read in voice-over and Arabic script overlaying the image, the viewer expereinces the silence and isolation imposed by war. My Niagara by Helen Lee ¥ Between suburban bliss and remorseless melancholy, this beautifully mounted drama probes the emotional undercurrents of a third-generation Japanese woman. Grasping the texture of half-expressed desire, this film evokes the complex dislocation of an Asian American woman. "Our House": Gays and Lesbians in the Hood by Cyrille Phipps ¥ A portrait of lesbians and gay men of African and Latino descent which examines the difficulties of cultural versus sexual politics, experiences of coming out and the challenges of working in one's own community. Color Schemes by Shu Lea Cheang ¥ An upbeat ironic look at the U.S.'s multicultural society originally conceived ans a video installation for washing machines!
Sally's Beauty Spot by Helen Lee ¥ A large black mole above an Asian woman's breast serves as a metaphor for cultural and racial difference in this engaging experimental film. Off screen women's voices and scenes from The World of Suzie Wong parallel and counterpoing Sally's own interracial relationships and emerging self-awareness. Spin Cycle by Aarin Burch ¥ A autobiographical tale of a Black lesbian filmmaker ruminating about her craft and sexual identity. With Dreams of Passion by Aarin Burch ¥ An eloquent piece about intimacy and desire between two Black women. In a dance studio, Matima is distracted by daydreams of another woman. By the dance's end her desire is fulfilled. What About Sex?: Asian Heterosexuality by Lok C. Siu, Anna Coe, Sari Yoshioka and Jason Chung ¥ The title says it best. In the Time of AIDS: Lesbians of Color Speak Out by Jacqueline Martinez ¥ One of a series of video works on the respnoses of women of Color to AIDS ¥ FILM/VIDEOMAKER DISCUSSION ¥ INTERMISSION ¥ SECOND SCREENING 8:45 Fighting for Our Lives: Women Confronting AIDS by Center for Women's Policy Studies ¥ Women constitute the fastest growing group of people with AIDS in the U.S. and nearly 75% of the women affected are women of Color. The video focuses particularly on the strategies that Native American, African American, Asian American and Latina women have developed in dealing with AIDS. The Body Beautiful by Ngozi Onwurah ¥ This bold, stunning exploration of a white mother who undergoes a radical masectomy and her Black daughter who embarks on a modeling career reveals the profound effects of body image and the strain of racial and sexual identity on their charged, intensely loving bond. By the director of Coffee Coloured Children. Black Women, Sexual Politics and the Revollution by Cyrille Phipps ¥ Using interviews, media images and music, this video explores the effects of sexism within the African American community, how that sexism hinders social change and hat Black women are doing about it. Party Safe! with DiAna and Bambi by Ellen Spiro ¥ A sequel to DiAna's Hair Ego in which DiAna and D. Bambi Sumpter hold safe sex informational parties complete with ingenious games guaranteed to make the participants more comfrotable talking about, imaging and carrying through their sexualities.
Sunday, April 17
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Participants: Gina Hernandez Executive Director and Jenniver Mayortena Taylor Programming Director of Cine Accion, a San Francisco based Latina/o media Arts Center and Cheryl Fabio-Bradford formerly of Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in Oakland, now an independent programmer.
It's about power. It's about having control over the image. It's about creating a revolutionary vision and putting it in people's living rooms. It's about cultural activism and that's what these women do. Yes, there are women of Color producing programs that feature film and video by people of Color on public television, in museums/galleries and cross-cultural settings, some of them even run media arts centers! Fresh from their participation in KQED's the Living Room Festival, Cheryl Fabio-Bradford, Gina Hernandez, and Jennifer Mayortena Taylor will discuss why and hwo they do what they do as well as show clips from recent works of distinct vision.
Sponsored by Kresge College & Cultural Studies in association with FEMINIST FRA and MERRILL College with support from Crown C.O.T., Porter Senate, and UCSC Women's Center. Festival Programmer Margaret R. Daniel. Poster Design: Margaret R. Daniel and Martin Wollesen
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