Thursday, March 3

Special Events Archive

Black Lives Through the Arts: Women Take the Reel Opening Event

This event is free and open to the public.

Presented by Women Take the Reel Festival

The opening event for the Women Take the Reel film festival is devoted to reflecting on and celebrating Black Lives through film, music, poetry, and dialogue.  Each of the works presented in this program provides a different lens with which to look at topics ranging from identity, racial justice, sexuality, gender, masculinity, and more.  All of the contributing artists and filmmakers will be present to talk about their works that day and will be featured in a concluding roundtable discussion and Q&A with the audience. Click here for more detailed information about the event and the performers.

4pm: Opening Reception

4:45pm: Welcome by Professor Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT

5pm: Screening of Black Men Dream by Shikeith with introduction by the filmmaker, followed by musical performance by Castle of our Skins: Seychelle Dunn (saxophone) and Adrienne Baker (flute)

6:15pm: Slam Poetry performance by Lenelle Moïse followed by screening of feature film black./womyn. by Tiona McClodden with introduction by the filmmaker

8:30pm: Roundtable discussion with Tiona McCloddenLenelle MoïseShikeith, members of Castle of Our Skins and moderated by Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture at UMass Boston.

This event is co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, The Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Boston University, the Gender and Cultural Studies Program at Simmons College, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University.  

*Food and drinks will be available throughout the evening.


About the Festival

Women Take the Reel Film Festival 2016This annual film festival is a collaborative effort among Women’s and Gender Studies departments involved in the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies (as well as select institutions/universities aligned with its mission) that features films about issues relating to gender, race, sexuality, class and/or feminism. The theme of this year’s festival is Activism.

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The focus is on the intellectual investigation of these issues, so every film is accompanied by a Q&A and discussion with the film director, producer, local activists and practitioners, and/or faculty members from the host institution for each film.