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Left On Pearl

Left On Pearl screening, October 18, 2012

"Left On Pearl," film screening and debate
[50 min. black and white film] 

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 4 p.m.
Where: Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University
515 South Street, Waltham, MA 

The Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI) and the Women's Studies Resource Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University are sponsoring a special event in the WSRC conference hall to show and debate the powerful and surprisingly timely documentary:

Left On Pearl (50 min. black and white film)

Meet special guests Diana Balser and Rochelle Ruthchild, both of whom will share their experiences leading the history-making women's march, takeover, and production of the film.

A first "Occupy Movement" during the 1971 International Women's Day celebrations, the film follows the spontaneous and gutsy takeover of a Harvard Building by a group of feisty, determined women, to highlight the need of a Women's Center. Among other topics, the film addresses the issues of feminism, sexuality/homosexuality, and the need for a political movement for social change (including in this case, for affordable housing for the largely African-American Riverside Community in Cambridge). The action led to the establishment of the longest continuously operating Women’s Center in the United States.

"Left on Pearl" offers the opportunity for a rich discussion on feminist social justice issues then and now, for international cross-cultural comparisons at that time and today, as well as debate on the strategies and effectiveness of "occupy movements," and more recent phenomena such as "flash mob" events that go viral on the Internet. 

The film screening co-sponsors include: Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC), Brandeis University; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program of Boston University; Gender Working Group (GWG), Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University; Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Brandeis University; the Brighton-Allston Historical Society; Dr. Shulamit Reinharz, Director, WSRC; and Scholars of Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI)/WSRC.

All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC unless otherwise stated.

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