She's With Me

A Feminist Survival Guide to Seattle

Social Justice Film Festival

When: October 18th-30th
Cost: $5-10/film

The 2014 Social Justice Film Festival is showing a number of great films on issues of prisoner justice, sustainability, militarization of the police, immigration, and more. Nearly half of the selected films were directed by women!

All social justice issues intersect with feminism, but there are two feature length films and a few shorts that focus on women/gender specifically:

War Against Women
Thursday, October 23, 7:30pm, NW Film Forum
The use of rape as a weapon of war is an often ignored crime, which leaves victims unacknowledged and lets criminals go unpunished. Filmed in ten different countries over a span of three years. War Against Women exposes rape as a weapon and uncovers its heartbreaking legacy for women victims and their families. (Hernán Zin, 62 min, Spain)

Untouchable*
Sunday, October 26, 4:30pm, NW Film Forum
It is estimated that over 10,000 girls are trafficked from Nepal to India annually, cruelly driven over the border by force or lured by the false promise of love or employment. The average age of a Nepali girl trafficked to India is 13 years old. Discover the stories of those most vulnerable to human trafficking, the “Untouchables” of society, specifically the Badi people of Nepal and the Dalits of India. (Grant Knisely, 63 min, India/Nepal/Singapore/USA)
*We are somewhat wary of this film because of the problematic language used in its original description (like calling the trafficked women “angels”). It was also directed by a man. However we are giving it the benefit of the doubt and hoping it respectfully documents this very real problem for girls/women.

Gudiya
Mon., Oct. 20, 7:30 pm, UW Ethnic Cultural Theater
Screens before Preempting Dissent
Gudiya is an experimental film that examines the wavering lines between sexuality, gender violence, filial piety, domination, and exploitation by exposing stereotypes from the everyday, the historical, the cultural, the religious, and the social. (Archana Menon, 6 min,India)

A Stage for Size
Wed., Oct. 22, 5 pm, UW Ethnic Cultural Theater
Screens as part of Shorts Program 1
In contemporary America, body image is a common obsession. But for a small, yet active community in Los Angeles, fatness is a reason for love and pride. A Stage for Size tells the story of their journey to self-love, self-care, and self-acceptance. (Corina Maritescu, 22, USA)

A Daughter’s Scar
Sunday, October 26, 4:30pm, NW Film Forum
A Cambodian woman recounts her past as a sex worker and reveals the betrayal of her own family. A Daughter’s Scar is a personal testimonial of human trafficking. (Polen Ly, 5 min, Cambodia)

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She's With Me is the brain child of three feminists who got tired of emailing each other every time they caught wind of a womanist event, so they created a separate space to house their feminist calendar. The benefits would be twofold: fewer emails cluttering up their inboxes, and more people learning about Seattle's growing feminist community. She's With Me aims to be a feminist hub, where all the goings on of different organizations are collected in one place. Our plans for the site include reviews/write-ups of events, interviews with local feminist activists, news updates, and essays, poetry, and art by feminists. The Fourth Wave of Feminism is here, and She's With Me will be the feminist scrap book documenting our herstory as it unfolds.
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