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Still from She's a Boy I Knew (Gwen Haworth, 2007). Photo by Tif Flowers.


Films for the Feminist Classroom (FFC) is hosted by the Rutgers-based editorial offices of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and the Rutgers Women's and Gender Studies Department. 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, are included to further promote engagement and discussion. FFC endeavors to serve as a dynamic resource for teachers and librarians and to enhance feminist curricula, bringing film into the classroom via thought-provoking, relevant, and engaging reviews.


Issue 4.2

Films for the Feminist Classroom Issue 4.2 is here!

This issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom focuses on rights and activism. We are proud to feature a set of paired interviews and reviews titled Women, Education, & Activism edited by Anne Keefe. This special feature begins with an interview on the state of activism today with women's rights leader Charlotte Bunch, accompanied by a pedagogical review of the documentary Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch. An interview with Sharon La Cruise, director of a biographical documentary on American Civil Rights activist Daisy Bates, is paired with a review essay on the film Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.

Films for the Feminist Classroom welcomes review proposals as well as suggestions of regional and international film festivals to cover in future issues. Please see our call for proposals and contact for more information.

Let's keep bringing pivotal films into the feminist classroom!

Films reviewed in Issue 4.2 include I Am Somebody, Woman Rebel, The Sari Soldiers, The Interrupters, Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria, Stonewall Uprising, No Country for Young Girls?, Pink Saris, The Invisible War, The Bro Code, and Tough Guise.



In prior issues of Films for the Feminist Classroom:

Issue 4.1 features Film, Pedagogy, and Film Pedagogy, a cluster of pedagogical essays and lesson plans edited and introduced by Agatha Beins. Films for the Feminist Classroom contributors provide reports from regional film festivals. Film reviews include Miss Representation with student responses, Women of Turkey: Between Islam and Secularism, Alice Neel, Look Us in The Eye: The Old Women's Project, Made in India: A Film about Surrogacy, and A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood and Activism.

Issue 3.2 centers on Women's Voices from the Muslim World Festival: Filmmakers Share their Stories, edited and introduced by Julie Ann Salthouse. And, for the first time, Films for the Feminist Classroom contributors report from regional film festivals. Film reviews include !Women Art Revolution, My American Girls: A Dominican Story, and Cowboys in Paradise.

Issue 3.1 highlights filmmaker and activist Carol Jacobsen. In an interview with Films for the Feminist Classroom Founding Editor Deanna Utroske, Jacobsen discusses her "creative politics" in films on women incarcerated in the United States. This issue's film reviews consider Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100; Judy Chicago and the California Girls; and Michael Kimmel: On Gender.

Issue 2.2 opens with a special feature, Explicit Educations: The Pedagogical Ethics of Utilizing Sexually Explicit Films in the Feminist Classroom, edited and introduced by Jillian Hernandez. Films reviewed in this issue include, Searching for Angela Shelton, Good Food, and The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud.

Issue 2.s showcases Deanna Utroske’s interview with lesbian feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer and includes essays by creative professionals whose work has intersected with Hammer’s.

Issue 2.1 features Alexandra Juhasz’s interactive exploration of a lesbian aesthetic and reviews of films such as She Rhymes Like a Girl; License to Thrive: Title IX at 35; and Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy.

Issue 1.2 presents an interview with Abigail Disney, producer of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which features Nobel Prize-winner Leymah Gbowee and is part of PBS's Women, War & Peace series. Reviews include The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships; Fat Rant; and Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood.

Issue 1.1 includes Dena Seidel’s interview with Jennie Livingston, the director of Paris is Burning, as well as reviews of No! The Rape Documentary; The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo; and The Breast Cancer Diaries.


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