Despite the biases and challenges that come with being a feminist filmmaker, countless filmmakers throughout history have worked to express themselves and create iconic, paradigm-shifting feminist films. Here are eight of the many filmmakers who we at FEM think everyone should know about.
It’s time we educate ourselves about the issues UC workers are facing so that we can show the administration that we will not put up with the way it’s treating the people who run this school. One concrete way in which we can do that right now is by showing our support for the strike happening Monday through Wednesday of this week, May 7th, 8th, and 9th.
Roxane Gay is one of the most important authors alive today. She is the brilliant, unapologetic author of “Bad Feminist,” “An Untamed State,” and “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body,” books that cover themes like gender, race, fatness, sexuality, pop culture, and politics. This past Monday, she paid a visit to the Hammer Museum to read excerpts from her latest book, “Hunger,” despite revealing during the reading that she personally hates being read to.
Alok (they/them) Vaid-Menon is a poet, blogger, performer and community organizer whose work challenges white feminism’s notions about identity and activism. Their work explores their personal identity as a gender non-conforming Indian individual as well as sociopolitical analysis and commentary.
Released in 1992, Daughters of the Dust was the first film directed by a black woman to have a wide theatrical release. The Theatre at Ace Hotel celebrated the film’s 25th year anniversary by hosting a screening for over a thousand viewers. The screening was followed by an interview between Dash and Ava DuVernay, director of 13th and Selma, and the first black woman to direct an Oscar-nominated film.
When people think about the farmworkers’ rights movement of the 1960s, they think about César Chávez. But let me set the record straight: United Farm Workers, the union that advocated for laborers’ rights, had a co-founder, and her name is Dolores Huerta.
In our culture, we have designated museums as the space for the highest-quality art in the world. As a result, museums define our understanding of what kinds of art, artists, and, consequently, lives, are considered worthy of our attention and praise.