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 8.1-2 of Films for the Feminist Classroom is here!
FFC 8.1-2 is an exciting double issue, featuring a wealth of film reviews for you to consider for your teaching in spring 2019 and beyond.
The issue opens with a lesson plan about Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Janell Hobson explains that it “stimulates class discussions and assignments as a highly visible pop project striving to create deeper conversations on the meanings of blackness, womanhood, and feminism.” Bringing in a range of readings and other media, Hobson gives educators a rich archive for exploring the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, spirituality, and nation.
Wander through the sixteen film reviews covering thirty-eight films about topics such as gender and sports, beauty, LGBTQ+ identities and racial/ethnic identities, environmental justice and reproductive justice, and creative activism.
Identity is the topic of a number of films. How Racism Harms White Americans and Invisible Roots: Afro-Mexicans in Southern California push us to examine the complexity of race and racism in the United States. We learn about LGBTQ+ activism in the Philippines in Out Run. And several films highlight the way gender—through stereotypes, visual representation, and ideals—shapes how bodies are read and given access to various spaces and communities. Gender Troubles: The Butches and Light Fly, Fly High, for example, offer insight into manifestations of female masculinity, while On Beauty and To Be a Miss take us into the archetypes of femininity.
Explicitly drawing connections between identity, community, and activism, Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek, Profit and Loss, Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights, and Lesbiana: A Parallel Revolution provide examples of the way that politics emerge from people’s lived experiences. These films show the complexity of struggles for justice by contextualizing them in relation to place/space, other communities/identities, and economic, social, and legal institutions.
Three reviews consider specific issues where the dynamics of power and privilege play out on contested terrains. Unafraid: Voices from the Crime Victims Treatment Center documents the ongoing process of survival for people who have been sexually assaulted; reproductive technologies take center stage in Beautiful Sin, which looks at the politics of in-vitro fertilization through Costa Rica’s 2000 ban on this process; and in Housemaids the director interviews domestic workers across Brazil, putting the textures of their daily lives in sharp relief.
Together She Makes Comics and SheWrite take us into the world of art through a transnational lens. They feature different genres and individuals to illuminate the various projects that artists have created to resist oppressive regimes and the obstacles artists have faced as they try to practice their craft.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.