This issue’s special feature, Explicit Educations: The Pedagogical Ethics of Utilizing Sexually Explicit Films in the Feminist Classroom, edited and introduced by Jillian Hernandez, is a trilogy of essays by Mireille Miller-Young, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, and Carlos Decena. Films reviewed in this issue include The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud; Period: The End of Menstruation?; Good Food; The Women of Brukman: Revolutionary Spirit in the Wake of Argentina’s Economic Meltdown; Who Gives Kisses Freely from Her Lips; and Living Broke in Boom Times: Lessons from the Movement to End Poverty.
Since our first issue was published in the spring of 2009, Films for the Feminist Classroom has featured dozens of films in reviews written by scholars in disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, among them African and African Diaspora Studies, Art History, Anthropology, Education, Film and Media Studies, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies. We have worked with many different distributors, including those with a long tradition of promoting feminist film, such as Women Make Movies and Third World Newsreel, as well as fledgling companies and young directors distributing their own productions. Films we’ve reviewed reflect the scope of feminist inquiry, with titles such as No! The Rape Documentary; La Quinceañera; They Call Me Muslim; Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy; License to Thrive: Title IX at 35; Girls Rock! The Movie; and Work and Respect.
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The flyer image (which includes a still from The Annabel Chong Story. Courtesy Strand Releasing, used with permission) was designed by Esther Park.