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 7.2 of Films for the Feminist Classroom is here!
This issue’s special feature explores the filmmaking industry through two innovative projects: agnès films and #DirectedbyWomen. Created by Alexandra Hidalgo, agnès films highlights the vibrant filmmaking activity by women and feminists and aims “to provide support to emerging and established women and feminist filmmakers.” This website features interviews with filmmakers, short videos about filmmaking and the film industry, film reviews, and commentaries about the world of film, all curated with an inclusive vision.
Barbara Ann O’Leary shows the breadth of films directed by women and women filmmakers in #DirectedbyWomen. As she notes in the interview, this project was designed “to help people understand the richness of what women were creating as directors” and to create community through films. Through the annual Worldwide Film Viewing Party, the website’s list of women directors and films directed by women, and the conversations with filmmakers, DirectedbyWomen# offers a rich archive of women’s creativity.
The film reviews and lesson plans in issue 7.2 cover a breadth of issues, but some thematic clusters emerge. Continuing a trend from past issues, we explore the ramifications of the mid-1990s Rwandan genocide, specifically the reconciliation process conducted at a grassroots level. Labor politics also appear in two reviews: one exploring women in STEM fields and another about women in World War II. And the two lesson plans illustrate the complexity of our gender and sexual identities, especially as they intersect with broader social, political, historical, religious, familial, and geographical factors.
Recognizing the work of activists and community builders, other reviews look at violence against women, food justice, indigenous identity, and sex work. In issue 7.2 you’ll learn about these—and other—topics through films such as No Job for a Women: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII; Kumu Hina; Inside Her Sex; What Makes Me White?; My Stolen Revolution; Lunch Love Community; Gacaca: Living Together again in Rwanda?; Daughters of Mother India; Great Unsung Women of Computing; Private Violence; and Living along the Fenceline.
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.