[act-ma] Yours in Sisterhood | March 18 Screening in Harvard Square

gen at lef-foundation.org gen at lef-foundation.org
Tue Mar 12 10:50:46 PDT 2019

Hello everyone!
On Monday, March 18 at 7pm at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, The DocYard presents YOURS IN SISTERHOOD, a collective portrait of feminist conversation now and 40 years ago, based on a collection of mainly unpublished letters to the editor of Ms. Magazine (now housed in Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library). The film will be screened with open captions and with American Sign Language interpretation for a post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Irene Lusztig, moderated by Erin Trahan, film journalist for WBUR's the ARTery. Learn more here: [  http://thedocyard.com/2018/12/yours-in-sisterhood/ ]( https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__thedocyard.com_2018_12_yours-2Din-2Dsisterhood_&d=DwMFaQ&c=WO-RGvefibhHBZq3fL85hQ&r=3enQBQdTlkIuLnDguoD2e0KVb6UMWpAMUHVF5c6HMcA&m=cMT9v_KEwmuJ-aJRnT_1yQqn-Q3HtSLWHphWRIcptog&s=1zunGbuPi6qyOWyIbaUZNxKSAMnVwohN-w87m6qDtpY&e= ) 
About the film: 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 election–a project about time travel, embodied listening, empathy, public discourse, and the lost art of letter writing. 
Director's statement: "I spent the summer of 2014 in the [  Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America ]( https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__r20.rs6.net_tn.jsp-3Ff-3D0019-5FUaRYMahaXWXhTQW4hHlWFSTwyRELYsrw1gliYqQ0p6jaZGmXFJ5gZpS5znKS7AhZFDA1QwwEiki-5FT951O8Ny-2DLvavUVmAN122-5Fn80J-2Dz6FnannOB5UXSABUe3HX185RPpf5WaAq3wtmme70Pqb-5Fhy3TtI9D23nZ9QZckGfdPbWN12sqDlT-5FiCD-2DyfJ9cFMnDe09ZvM3y-2Dt-5F7mCtIZjvA-3D-3D-26c-3DaJ-2DT-2DJ3GlvCiJa9UmBdDp2GNBsgGeCxpgnCA7MdAgulhn1-5F9KpedmA-3D-3D-26ch-3DbCsmzN4wKwu75ioOS8TzKQCv3MIyd8zH3PH9oq94cdOb-2DqYQfPrvzA-3D-3D&d=DwMFaQ&c=WO-RGvefibhHBZq3fL85hQ&r=3enQBQdTlkIuLnDguoD2e0KVb6UMWpAMUHVF5c6HMcA&m=cMT9v_KEwmuJ-aJRnT_1yQqn-Q3HtSLWHphWRIcptog&s=0lszTaIbup7cmCuIIr4QG0AwqUSye9qlQpoV896mJQw&e= ) reading boxes containing thousands of these mostly-unpublished letters to the editor. What was most striking during my archival research is that the issues covered by these letters are still the same big issues that women and gender nonconforming people are facing today-sexual harassment, violence, and assault, access to abortion and birth control, body image, workplace discrimination, gender and sexuality, race, class, and inclusivity.
 Inspired by these incredible letters, in the summer of 2015, I set off on a journey to share these letters with ordinary people all over the US. I wanted to know if this rich collective archive of everyday feminist history and experience could be a catalyst for a new kind of national conversation about feminism today..." [  Read more ]( https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__r20.rs6.net_tn.jsp-3Ff-3D0019-5FUaRYMahaXWXhTQW4hHlWFSTwyRELYsrw1gliYqQ0p6jaZGmXFJ5gZpS5znKS7AZuUrCmdP5hKGmnCPUV9Sm2zNlzxiQxTdOlROPk5tvaq1knA7SmBwBmuDtpwNyt4giVUIOPHfHqFwEdp8ZFLGRDU0nQ2OSp-2DfmPKYucoupHe-2Dnt836fvYbPIaE5qRVACBGNKMCCLzZXvftHasaz9ecA-3D-3D-26c-3DaJ-2DT-2DJ3GlvCiJa9UmBdDp2GNBsgGeCxpgnCA7MdAgulhn1-5F9KpedmA-3D-3D-26ch-3DbCsmzN4wKwu75ioOS8TzKQCv3MIyd8zH3PH9oq94cdOb-2DqYQfPrvzA-3D-3D&d=DwMFaQ&c=WO-RGvefibhHBZq3fL85hQ&r=3enQBQdTlkIuLnDguoD2e0KVb6UMWpAMUHVF5c6HMcA&m=cMT9v_KEwmuJ-aJRnT_1yQqn-Q3HtSLWHphWRIcptog&s=DAy5nivGYYwaULM4f0fa9QD6aHEb6DRYqHzJKTR14Us&e= )  

About the series: Established in 2010, The DocYard is an award-winning documentary screening and discussion series that celebrates new and artful non-fiction cinema, bringing filmmakers and audiences together to explore the craft of documentary filmmaking. The DocYard is a program of the New England office of the LEF Foundation, and its official screening venue is the historic Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square.
Hope you all can join us!
Genevieve Carmel, Program Officer
LEF Foundation | PO Box 382066 | Cambridge, MA 02238
617.492.5333 | [ gen at lef-foundation.org ]( mailto:gen at lef-foundation.org ) 
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