Documentary Discussion Series
The purpose of our Documentary Discussion Series (Doc&Discuss) is to explore the ways gender and sexism – as they intersect with other identities and systems of oppression – operate at an individual, interpersonal, and societal level. Participants will learn how to analyze social issues using an intersectional feminist perspective. The objective of Doc&Discuss is to promote critical thinking and respectful discussion skills by offering participants the opportunity to engage with people of varied backgrounds and perspectives. Participants are provided resources for exploring the topic of each documentary further and often offered suggestions for turning their new awareness into action.
Tuesday, September 4th, 7 pm
Malott Room (KU Memorial Union, Level 6)
In honor of #NationalHispanicHeritageMonth (9/15-10/15), please join us for a screening and discussion of DOLORES.
Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2070411033210147/
Tuesday, October 2nd, 7 pm
Malott Room (KU Memorial Union, Level 6)
"PINK RIBBONS, INC."
October is #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth. Please join us for a screening of PINK RIBBONS, INC., followed by a discussion concerning the commercialization of the movement to end breast cancer.
The ubiquitous pink ribbons of breast cancer philanthropy — and the hand-in-hand marketing of brands and products associated with that philanthropy — permeates our culture, providing assurance that we are engaged in a successful battle against this insidious disease. But the campaign obscures the reality and facts of breast cancer — more and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and face the same treatment options they did 40 years ago. Yet women are also the most influential market group, buying 80 percent of consumer products and making most major household purchasing decisions. So then who really benefits from the pink ribbon campaigns — the cause or the company? And what if the very companies and products that profit from their association have actually contributed to the problem?
In showing the real story of breast cancer and the lives of those who fight it, PINK RIBBONS, INC. reveals the co-opting of what marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause."Website:
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/162263841298657/
Tuesday, November 6th, 7 pm
Malott Room (KU Memorial Union, Level 6)
In honor of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, please join us for a screening and discussion of TWO SPIRITS.
TWO SPIRITS interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.
Fred Martinez was a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself .
Below are the films that were shown during the 2017-2018 academic year:
September 5th / 7pm / Malott Room - Kansas Union
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
This film presents an enlightening and entertaining response to the male-dominated superhero genre. It offers a nuanced critique of gender and heroism in America by analyzing the ways popular culture represents powerful women. In addition to revealing the ways that representations of superheroines reflect society's anxieties about strong women, Wonder Women! explores the ways girls and women struggle to achieve confidence, strength, and agency in a sexist culture.
October 3rd / 7pm / Jayhawk Room - Kansas Union
Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger
Kate Borstein — a self-described transgender-dyke, reluctant-polyamorist, sadomasochist, and recovering-Scientologist — is a trailblazing artist-theorist-activist and historic figure in the queer and trans community. Author of the groundbreaking book, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (1994), Borstein paved the way for younger generations of gender non-conforming people. This film follows Borstein as she explodes binaries and deconstructs gender with her characteristic wit, style, and candor.
November 14th / 7pm / Malott Room - Kansas Union
(Previously scheduled for November 7th)
The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change
This film examines how American culture bombards young men with sexist and misogynistic messages. The Empathy Gap looks at the ways these messages short-circuit men's ability to empathize with women, respect them as equals, and take feminism seriously. The film shows how men who break with sexist and misogynistic norms live happier and healthier lives.
Website & Trailer: https://shop.mediaed.org/the-empathy-gap-p180.aspx
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/305728143202421/
December 5th / 7pm / Malott Room - Kansas Union
Dark Girls explores the issue of colorism, which it defines as “prejudice or discrimination based on the relative lightness or darkness of the skin; generally a phenomenon within one’s own ethnic group.” By situating colorism within its larger context of white supremacy and colonialism, Dark Girls highlights personal stories to illuminate the traumatic effects of structural, interpersonal, and internalized racism and sexism on dark-skinned women in the United States and across the globe. At the same time, the film promotes individual and cultural healing by encouraging self-love and consciousness-raising around the pervasive psychological effects of prejudice, discrimination, racism, and sexism.
January 30th / 7pm / The Crossroads - Kansas Union (Level 4)
Big Dream: Young Women Entering STEM Fields
This film follows the intimate stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passion in science, math, computing & engineering (STEM) fields. Each of these girls defy the stereotype of what it means to be an over-achieving woman in the fields of technology. From small town Iowa to the busy streets of the Middle East, 'Big Dream' immerses viewers in a world designed by the next generation of girls.
Co-sponsored by KU's WiSTEMM (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) Mentoring Program and Jayhawks Breaking Barriers
February 27th / 7pm / The Crossroads - Kansas Union (Level 4)
Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed
Recalling a watershed event in US politics, this compelling documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first to seek nomination for the highest office in the land.
Following Chisholm from her own announcement of her candidacy through her historic speech in Miami at the Democratic National Convention, the story is a fight for inclusion. Shunned by the political establishment and the media, this longtime champion of marginalized Americans asked for support from people of color, women, gays, and young people newly empowered to vote at the age of 18. Chisholm's bid for an equal place on the presidential dais generated strong, even racist opposition. Yet her challenge to the status quo and her message about exercising the right to vote struck many as progressive and positive. Period footage and music, interviews with supporters, opponents, observers, and Chisholm's own commentary all illuminate her groundbreaking initiative, as well as political and social currents still very much alive today.
March 27th / 7pm / The Crossroads - Kansas Union (Level 4)
She's Beautiful When She's Angry
This documentary resurrects the buried history of the modern women’s movement (1966 to 1971). 'She's Beautiful When She’s Angry' takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell!). The film explores the movement’s successes as well as its limitations, including its perpetuation of racism, classism, and heterosexism.
April 24th / 7pm / The Crossroads - Kansas Union (Level 4)
Coming Out Under Fire
The U.S. military's persecution of gay and lesbian soldiers began during World War II. Labelled "homosexuals," "sex perverts," and "mentally ill," gay and lesbian soldiers were subject to harsh punishment and dishonorable discharge. In this documentary nine gay and lesbian veterans recount how they joined the patriotic war against fascism in the 1940s only to find themselves fighting two battles: one for their country and another for their right to serve.