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"Yours in Sisterhood" : An International Women's Day Film Screening

Author: Human Rights & Positive Environment Office

Posted on Mar 3, 2021

Category: News and Notices

"Yours in Sisterhood" :  An International Women's Day Film Screening will be held on Friday, March 12, from 12:30 – 3 p.m., via Microsoft Teams

As part of the President’s Diversity Dialogue Series, and in recognition of International Women’s Day 2021, The Human Rights & Positive Environment Office of UNB, in collaboration with the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, invite you to join them for a screening of “Yours in Sisterhood," a film by Irene Lusztig described as “a collective portrait of the feminist conversation now and forty years ago.” A group discussion about the film will follow the presentation with a public Q&A period.

“Yours in Sisterhood” is an honest, sometimes uncomfortable, examination of the issues faced by women - past and present. In keeping with the #ChooseToChallenge theme for International Women’s Day 2021, this film offers us an opportunity to examine key issues within the contemporary feminist landscape and to imagine strategies to address persistent gender-based discrimination. Together we can all choose to challenge our ideas about what women “should" say or do and challenge the ways in which society values women and their contributions.

Film Description:

What might be revealed in the process of inviting strangers to act out and respond to 1970s feminism forty years later? Between 2015 and 2017, hundreds of strangers in communities all over the US were invited to read aloud and respond to letters from the 70s sent to the editor of Ms. Magazine–the first mainstream feminist magazine in the US. The intimate, provocative, and sometimes heartbreaking conversations that emerge from these spontaneous performances make us think critically about the past, present, and future of feminism. YOURS IN SISTERHOOD is a collective portrait of feminism now and forty years ago that is newly urgent in the aftermath of the 2016 US election – it is a project about time travel, embodied listening, empathy, public discourse, and the lost art of letter writing.

“Simple and staggering. The history of public feminism is restaged so as to create a new kind of contemporary public feminism. One that is intentional, intersectional, face-to-face, and handmade.”  – Los Angeles Review of Books

 

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