Films for the Feminist Classroom (FFC) is hosted by the Department of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University. 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, further promote engagement and discussion and support our aims to serve as a resource for educators and librarians and to enhance feminist curricula, bringing film into the classroom through thought-provoking, relevant, and dynamic content. Formerly, the Rutgers-based editorial offices of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and the Rutgers Women's and Gender Studies Department hosted this journal.
We are thrilled to announce that issue 9.2 of Films for the Feminist Classroom is here!
In addition to a wide variety of film reviews, this issue highlights the Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF), now entering its sixth year. Festival Director Harry Eaddy and Director of Film Programming Linda Eaddy dive deeply into the DBFF’s history and vision in an interview. “Entertain, educate, inspire”—these three objectives intertwine in the program of events, which in January 2020 will include over eighty films that are short and feature-length and that cover the spectrum of black cultural life.
Although featuring films in its name, the festival expands beyond this genre, which we learn about from Eboni Johnson, director of the DBFF Institute. She discusses the outreach and resources this branch of the festival offers in a second interview. The institute, formally established in 2018, coordinates workshops, panel discussions, and community building events for creatives in all genres.
We also celebrate and look back on the first decade of FFC. Deanna Utroske, who is one of the journal’s founding editors, and FFC’s current editor each offer a retrospective about FFC’s history, the academic-political dimensions of its existence, and how it fits into the broader arc of their work.
The rest of issue 9.2 offers a rich range of film reviews. Several highlight dimensions of strength and resilience that women draw upon to push back against individual and systemic forms of sexism, racism, classism, and imperialism. For example, we learn about struggles that military veterans experience after deployment and how legal and media institutions have an impact on people who have been trafficked for sex. At the same time, these films celebrate resistance, considering and moving beyond categories of gender. Creative writing, farming, and music offer tools to push back against inequalities and violence in some films, whereas others show the impact that directly engaging systems of power can have: forms of public protest, working for justice within the law, and attempting to get an education can become a form of hold these institutions accountable and transforming them.
This issue highlights the following films—and more: White Right: Meeting the Enemy; Connected by Coffee; Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth; Arctic Hip Hop; The Revival: Women and the Word; Vida Diferida; Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo; Soldier On: Life after Deployment; Tribal Justice; I Am Jane Doe; and Code Black.
Films for the Feminist Classroom welcomes proposals for film reviews, special features, and lesson plans that include film or video media as well as suggestions about regional and international film festivals to cover in future issues. Please see our call for proposals and contact us at email@example.com for more information.