Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
directed by Shola Lynch
Friday - February 28, 2014
[ 6-120 ]
101 minutes. Free and open to the public.
Q&A with MIT Professor Sandy Alexandre to follow.
Cosponsored by: MIT CMS/W, History, Linguistics & Philosophy, Literature, Office of Minority Education, Political Science and Black Women's Alliance.
directed and produced by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson
Friday - March 7, 2014
85 minutes. Free and open to the public.
Q&A with Melanie Zurek, Executive Director of Provide and long time reproductive rights activist Susan Yanow to follow film screening.
Cosponsored by: MIT CMS|W, History, Linguistics & Philosophy, Political Science and the BU School of Public Health Maternal/Child Health Program.
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
directed and produced by Grace Lee
Friday - March 14, 2014
[ 4- 270 ]
What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution will surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.
The documentary film, plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Boggs’s constantly evolving strategy—her willingness to re-evaluate and change tactics in relation to the world shifting around her—drives the story forward. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Boggs’s late husband James and a host of Detroit comrades across three generations help shape this uniquely American story. As she wrestles with a Detroit in ongoing transition, contradictions of violence and non-violence, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, the 1967 rebellions, and non-linear notions of time and history, Boggs emerges with an approach that is radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression or merely a protest. Revolution, Boggs says, is about something deeper within the human experience — the ability to transform oneself to transform the world.
As it kinetically unfurls an evolving life, city, and philosophy, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY takes the viewer on a journey into the power of ideas and the necessity of expansive, imaginative thinking, as well as ongoing dialectical conversation, to propel societal change. In an age when seemingly insurmountable injustices and contradictions face us, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY inspires concerned citizens and dreamers of all ages with new thinking to sustain their struggle and engagement.
82 minutes. Free and open to the public.
Q&A with UMass Boston Professor Marlene Kim and Northeastern University Professor Bonnie TuSmith to follow film screening.
Cosponsored by: MIT CMS/W, Foreign Languages & Literatures, History, Linguistics & Philosophy, Literature, Office of Minority Education, and Political Science.
director Kim Longinotto
Friday - March 21, 2014
When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma’s salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet: the first step to discovering her own freedom and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village.
As with her other work (PINK SARIS, ROUGH AUNTIES, SISTERS IN LAW), master documentarian Kim Longinotto trains her camera on an iconoclastic woman. Salma’s extraordinary story is one of courage and resilience. Salma has hopes for a different life for the next generation of girls, but as she witnesses, familial ties run deep, and change happens very slowly. SALMA helps us understand why the goal of global education of girls is one the most critical areas of empowerment and development of women worldwide.
89 minutes. Subtitled. Free and open to the public.
Q&A with Professor Harleen Singh, Associate Professor of Literature and Women's and Gender Studies at Brandeis University to follow.
Cosponsored by: MIT CMS/W, Foreign Languages & Literatures, History, Linguistics & Philosophy, Literature and Political Science.
Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer
director Barbara Miller
Friday - March 28, 2014
[4 - 270]
Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are unafraid of their dictatorial regimes. These fearless women represent a new, networked generation of modern rebels. In Cuba, China and Iran their blogs shake the foundations of the state information monopoly, putting them at great risk.
This film accompanies these brave young cyberfeminists on perilous journeys. Eyewitness reports and clandestine footage show Sánchez's brutal beating by Cuban police for criticizing her country's regime; Chinese human rights activist Jinyan under house arrest for four years; and Iranian journalist and women's advocate Seifi forced into exile, where she blogs under a pseudonym. Tracing each woman's use of social media to denounce and combat violations of human rights and free speech in her home country, FORBIDDEN VOICES attests to the Internet's potential for building international awareness and political pressure.
96 minutes. Subtitled. Free and open to the public.
Q&A with MIT Researcher Catherine D'Ignazio to follow film screening.
Cosponsored by: MIT CMS/W, Foreign Languages & Literatures, History, Linguistics & Philosophy, Literature, and Political Science.
Off and Running: A Very American Coming of Age Story
director Nicole Opper
Monday - March 31, 2014
[ 6-120 ]
60 minutes. Free and open to the public.
Q&A with film director Nicole Opper to follow film screening.
Cosponsored by: MIT CMS/W, History, and Political Science.