Part of Furious Women on Film: A Free Series About Badass Women
Discussant: Nzingha Kendall, Woodson Institute
Set in a world where water is a scarce commodity, this low-budget superhero film tells the story of Ruth, a young woman on the run from white government agents because she has special “gifts.” She makes her way to the home of her mother, Bo, who lives with Ruth’s estranged daughter, Lila. Ruth and Bo embark on a mission to teach Lila how to survive in a world that is indifferent and even hostile to their identities as Black women.
Join us for a film series this spring that honors the capacity of women to burn down the world in various justifiable ways. Ever since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements erupted, public figures such as Matt Lauer, Bill Cosby and Jeffrey Epstein have been exposed for their exploitation of women and girls. Many people—women especially—feel as though they are trapped in a continual state of rage and trauma. This film series is designed to remind us—and in many cases, celebrate—the myriad ways that women fight back against the hostile climate in which they live and work. The selected films represent different genres, elevating marginalized voices (race, nationality, gender, sexuality, and class) with both female and male directors. Talkback sessions will follow each screening. Screenings are free of charge but we ask that you make reservations at Eventbrite at this link.
Sponsored by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, Light House Studio at Vinegar Hill Theater, UVA Arts & the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts, and UVA Department of Media Studies.