UNT to present Fem Flicks film series

Monday, September 27, 2010

What: Fem Flicks – A series of documentary films focusing on women and women's issues, presented by the University of North Texas Women's Studies program, UNT Women's Center and the UNT Media Library.

When: 5 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Dec.1, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 30 and April 27
(Wednesdays)

Where: Room 111C of UNT's Chilton Hall, located at the southwest corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street (410 S. Avenue C).

Cost: Free

Contact: UNT Women's Studies program at 940-565-2098

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Seven documentary films focusing on women's issues, including a Tribeca Film Festival winner, will be showcased in Fem Flicks, a free film series presented by the University of North Texas Women's Studies program, UNT Women's Center and the UNT Media Library.

The films, which spotlight women's issues from women's rights to motherhood and plastic surgery, will be shown in the Media Library (Room 111C) in Chilton Hall at 5 p.m. on select Wednesdays during the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters. Each film will be followed by a discussion. Chilton Hall is located at the southwest corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street on the UNT campus.

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" will begin the Fem Flicks series on Sept. 29. The film, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Documentary, chronicles a peace movement in Liberia led by the courageous women who organized the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace. In the midst of a civil war, the group organized nonviolent protests to petition for peace in their country that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.

Other documentaries in the Fem Flicks series are:

Fall 2010:

Oct. 27 – "Sin By Silence" recounts the 1989 formation of Convicted Women Against Abuse, the first inmate-initiated and -led group in the California prison system, and the group's initiative to help women inside prison break the silence about abuse and to help others understand the reality of domestic violence.

Dec. 1 – "The Female Face of AIDS: Crisis in Malawi" shines a light on the stigma and discrimination suffered by Malawian women living with HIV/AIDS and the issues that confront them, including economic dependency, physical and sexual abuse, commercial sex work and traditional male dominance.

Spring 2011:

Jan. 26 – "The Codes of Gender: Indentity and Performance in Pop Culture" looks beyond issues of objectification and beauty to provide a view of identity and power relations to analyze how pop culture communicates gender ideals through contemporary advertising and explores expectations of masculinity and femininity.

Feb. 23 – "Beauty in China" examines young women in China who feel they must westernize their appearance through plastic surgery in order to accomplish a certain look. Every week approximately 16,000 Chinese undergo facial surgery, which often results in physical complications.

March 30 – "License to Thrive: Title IX at 35" examines the history of the 1972 Title IX legislation, which took a critical role in creating female leaders by providing educational access and creating leadership opportunities for girls and women in sports, education, science, math, finance, entertainment, the arts, business, law and politics.

April 27 – "Who Does She Think She Is?" features inspiring portraits of five women who are faced with the choice of raising their chidren or devoting themselves to their careers in art and choosing to balance both.

For more information on the films, call the UNT Women's Studies program at 940-565-2098.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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