Roots and Routes: Of Creation Myths and 'Other' Stories
Thursday, November 15, 2001 - 7:00pm
21st century intercultural media griots use heuristic memory to produce a feminist interplay between tradition and modernity--an absorbing deliberation on class struggle, colonialism, reproductive rights, and even the sweetly subversive fairy tale. Distance Marked (Susan Kim, 9:50min, Beta, Chicago) "My name was on the tombstone... which I couldn't read because it was in Chinese characters...." Cooking Tales (Farida Pacha, 9min, 16mm) Amongst the sizzle of chilies, cardamom, and naan, Pacha creates a visually scrumptious meal of allegory and gastronomy. Thirst (Sree Nallamothu, 22min, 3/4, India) "Why should we always live like scorpions under their shoes?" Villagers of a Harijan Colony in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh, India, have been fighting their higher-caste neighbors for control of the water on their own land for generations. In this alarming documentary, they recount laying down their lives, literally, for their most basic possession: water. Haunt 451 (Susana Donovan, 18min, Beta) From the cosmos to the caveman to the corporation, this smart, provocative piece weaves together multiple strands of thought on censorship and thwarted desire. Ella/She (Alejandra Szeplaki, 12min, 35mm screened on vhs, Venezuela) A bold survey of the political forces that surround the choice to have an abortion, within the context of contemporary Venezuela. Lullaby (Antonia Kao, 5:20min, 16mm) A bedroom comes alive as a Jamaican grandmother shares an alternative creation story with her granddaughter at bedtime. Films co-curated with Women in the Director's Chair (www.widc.org) from the 20th Annual Women in the Director's Chair International Film and Video Festival.
Co-sponsored by Center for Gender Studies