Women Makes Movies

The following information was posted to the AFAS listserv today.  In checking the credibility of this organization prior to posting, I found that one of  Women Makes Movies‘ aquisitions (“Rough Aunties”) just won the World Cinema Documentary Prize at Sundance and this is the third year in a row for one of their acquisitions to take a top prize.  No, they can’t be much more credible than that! So, here is their information as stated in their posting:

To celebrate the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States and the first black American to hold the highest office in the land, Women Make Movies is pleased to offer a special collection of our most important titles celebrating African American pioneers.

* STANDING ON MY SISTERS’ SHOULDERS
In 1965, three Mississippi women arrived to their country’s capital seeking civil rights for all and walked into the U.S. House of Representatives as the first black women allowed into the senate chambers in over 100 years.

* FAR FROM HOME
With more than 50 years separating the experience of African American teenager Kandice, who is bused in to the affluent, mostly-white suburban Weston for school, and the landmark Brown vs. the Board of Education decision, this film illustrates the ways in which a truly desegregated education system is still an unachieved goal in this country.

* A PLACE OF RAGE
This exuberant celebration of African American women and their achievements features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker discussing Black power and feminist movements in the context of the civil rights history.

* BEAH: A BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS
A legendary African American actress, poet, and political activist, Beah Richards (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner), defied racial stereotypes throughout her long career while fighting for civil rights alongside the likes of Paul Robeson, W.E.B. DuBois and Louise Patterson.

* MARY LOU WILLIAMS: MUSIC ON MY MIND

Pioneering Black American composer-arranger-pianist Mary Lou Williams is one of the most remarkable figures in the history of jazz. Includes lively interviews with Williams, Dizzy Gillepsie, and Buddy Tate interwoven with the musical and personal elements of her dramatic life. Narrated by Roberta Flack.

* THE EDGE OF EACH OTHER’S BATTLES: THE VISION OF AUDRE LORDE
A powerful tribute to legendary black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde (1934-1992), a celebrated icon of feminism, Lorde inspired several generations of activists from black liberation, women’s liberation, and lesbian and gay liberation. New DVD includes bonus footage from the 1990  “I Am Your Sister: Forging Global Connections Across Difference Conference” and additional selections of poetry and music.

* AS I REMEMBER IT: A PORTRAIT OF DOROTHY WEST
This intimate portrait of writer Dorothy West explores the forgotten role of women in the Harlem Renaissance and growing up African American. Archival  footage and photographs, interviews and excerpts from her autobiographical  novel, “The Living is Easy,” capture West’s fascinating story.

* NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME
This candid study of women in hip-hop explores a fascinating and diverse
feminist community, which yearns to find a place in a male-dominated
subculture that is, in itself, marginalized.
For more information visit: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/collect12.shtm

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