Films for the Feminist Classroom (FFC) is thrilled to announce that its latest issue, published through the Department of Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University, is now available at http://ffc.twu.edu.
A number of the films reviewed in this issue confront us with the politics of labor. One review focuses on women in the workforce while others explore women as filmmakers and practices of midwifery. Sexuality and embodiment continues to be a prominent topic with reviews about girlhood, fat politics, virginity, and mail-order brides. And we appreciate the ways reviewers grappled the violence of war and incarceration through films about Rwandan women forced to be soldiers and about women in the US prison industrial complex. Some of the films reviewed in this issue are Catching Babies, Africa is a Woman’s Name, La Americana, Women Behind Bars: The Voices of Oklahoma’s Incarcerated Women and Their Children, The Fat Body (In)Visible, In the Name of Love: Modern Day Mail Order Brides, The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women, Understanding Hookup Culture, and Duhozanye: A Rwandan Village of Widows.
FFC is very pleased to offer an exciting range of content in addition to film reviews. Two voices from the world of film distribution open up issue 5.2. Debra Zimmerman of Women Make Movies and Elinor Kowarsky of Film Platform discuss the processes and politics of distributing films, addressing the ways their respective projects negotiate links with filmmakers, the tools and obstacles related to technology, and the shifting practices of viewership.
A lesson plan presented by a composition professor offers practical tips for developing an essay assignment that analyzes the rhetoric of documentary films. We also learn about BolderLife a Denver, CO–based film and art festival from Jessica Camp.
Films for the Feminist Classroom welcomes proposals for film reviews, film festival reviews, special features, and lesson plans that include film or video. You can find their call for proposals at http://ffc.twu.edu/call_4_proposals.html, and you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.