‘Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation’ Screening

Date: January 22, 2014
Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Date: January 23, 2014
End Time: 9:30 pm
Location: West End Cinema
Address: 2301 M St NW
Where: Washington, DC
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Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation is a one-hour film about the women’s liberation movement covering the years 1963-1970. Filmmaker Jennifer Lee started shooting the interviews for the film in 2004. It was released in 2013 and has been shown in film festivals, on college campuses, for non-profit organizations, in middle schools and has been shown globally. It is a part of the National Center for History in the Schools. It won “Best of the Fest” for documentary at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival.

The names of these events and feminists aren’t well-known. You may not have heard of the Statue of Liberty takeover, the “memo” that ignited young women across the country to demand liberation, the Jeanette Rankin Brigade. Names like Vivian Rothstein, Aileen Hernandez, Sonia Pressman Fuentes are not names we learn about in school, but we need to learn them.

You can view the trailer here. Panel discussion to follow the film featuring the filmmaker, Jennifer Lee; activist Heather Booth; and educator Dawn Jefferson. Read their full bios below.

Tickets: $15

Jennifer Lee is an entertainment professional, a writer, and a filmmaker. She works towards developing a stronger female narrative in American culture through media and politics. With an extensive background in the feature film industry, she has held the title of producer, editor, visual effects compositor, and independent filmmaker. She began her career at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic. Her many credits include, “Ghost,” “Back To The Future 2,” “Hook,” “Forrest Gump,” “The Ring,” “Pirates Of The Caribbean 2,” “Beowulf.”

Jennifer’s film “Feminist: Stories From Women’s Liberation,” won “Best of the Festival” for documentary at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. It is a film exploring the significance of the second wave of the women’s liberation movement on our lives. Jennifer understands how important it is for girls to understand the importance of the feminist revolution. She believes that “equality begins in the home” and sees how a girl’s personal perspective about herself changes after she is shown the history of the women’s movement.

The film includes interviews with NOW founder Betty Friedan, authors and activists Gloria Steinem, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Frances M. Beal, Robin Morgan, Heather Booth, Betita Martinez, and many other feminists. The soundtrack includes songs by the all-female rock band, “Fanny.”

As a prominent speaker, Jennifer works to connect the importance of history as women along with seeing women as leaders. Speaking engagements include the Berkshire Conference on Women’s History, Hampshire College, UCLA, and the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Her father was a New York City police officer and her mother was a social worker. She is originally from Staten Island, New York and moved to Atlanta, Georgia when she was a child. During her high school years she lived in the Atlanta Friends Meeting House (Quaker). She has identified as a feminist since she was about nine years old.

Heather Booth continues to lead a life in the movements for equality, justice and democracy. She founded a training center for organizers (Midwest Academy), directed organizations including NAACP National Voter Fund, directed the fight for financial reform and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was the training director for the Democratic Party and is now consultant to the immigration reform campaign, Voter Participation Center and NOW.

Dawn Jefferson is the Dean of Studies and an English Teacher in grades 9-12 at The Potomac School in McLean, VA. A native New Yorker and product of the independent school system, Dawn has taught senior elective seminars in Harlem Renaissance Culture, Great Migration Literature and American Rhetoric; she also coordinates programming to promote social justice and cultivate student voice.