Films for the Feminist Classroom (FFC) is hosted by the Department of Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University, formerly hosted by the Rutgers-based editorial offices of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and the Rutgers Women’s and Gender Studies Department. FFC, an online, open-access journal, publishes film reviews that provide a critical assessment of the value of films as pedagogical tools in the feminist classroom. Special features, such as interviews with filmmakers, reviews of film festivals, and discussions about pedagogy are included to further promote engagement and discussion. FFC endeavors to serve as a dynamic resource for educators and librarians and to enhance feminist curricula, bringing film into the classroom through thought-provoking, relevant, and dynamic content.

Issue 5.1

Films for the Feminist Classroom issue 5.1 is here!

This issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom is the first published through the Department of Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University, with additional support from the Office of Technology at TWU. We are very pleased to offer an exciting range of contributions including lesson plans, a film festival review, and a wide selection of films reviewed. Marieme Lo explores gender, economy, cultural traditions in the film Faat Kiné and the novel So Long a Letter in her lesson plan, and Marie Westhaver gives educators a way to use the theme of female utopias to highlight connections across geography and history by putting the film Umoja: No Men Allowed in conversation with the novel Herland. We are also fortunate to have Jessica Camp’s review of the Thin Line Film Festival, an event in Denton, Texas, that highlights feature-length and short documentary films.

Additionally several of the films reviewed challenge us to rethink the labels we use to categorize gender through the discourses of intersex, transgender, and transsexual. We are pleased, as well, to offer a transnational perspective about issues such as democracy, sex trafficking, war, and reproductive justice. Some of the films reviewed in this issue are The City Dark, We Women Warriors, The Price of Sex, Voices Unveiled: Turkish Women Who Dare, The Abortion Diaries, Egypt: We are Watching You, Women of Faith: Women of the Catholic Church Speak, The Punk Singer, and The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash.

Films for the Feminist Classroom welcomes review proposals, suggestions of regional and international film festivals to cover in future issues, and lesson plans that include film or video media. Please see our call for proposals and contact ffc@twu.edu for more information.

Let's keep bringing pivotal films into the feminist classroom!

In prior issues of Films for the Feminist Classroom:

Issue 4.2 focuses on rights and activism. We are proud to feature a set of paired interviews and reviews titled Women, Education, & Activism edited by Anne Keefe. It includes an interview with women’s rights leader Charlotte Bunch and a review of the biographical documentary Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch, which is paired with an interview with filmmaker Sharon La Cruise and a review of her film Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock. Film reviews include I Am Somebody, Woman Rebel, The Sari Soldiers, The Interrupters, Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria, Stonewall Uprising, No Country for Young Girls?, Pink Saris, The Invisible War, The Bro Code, and Tough Guise.