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Utah Film Center: Women’s March
March 29 @ 7:00 PM - April 26 @ 9:00 PM
An event every week that begins at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until March 29, 2022
Utah Film Center proudly announces our lineup of free films marking the celebration of Women’s Month beginning Tuesday, March 1st!
Our selection of virtual film screenings highlight and champion diverse women all across the world. These stories of courage, resistance, and innovation will bring awareness to critical issues facing women in the past and present, and also inspire hope for the future. Please join us each Tuesday in March, we will explore the nuanced tales of women’s experiences.
Below is an overview of our monthly offerings with links to find out more information on each.
WRITING WITH FIRE
Tuesday, March 1st, 7pm, Free, In-person @ Utah Museum of Fine Arts
In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India’s biggest issues or within the conﬁnes of their homes, redeﬁning what it means to be powerful.
Tuesday, March 8th, 7pm, Free
From July to September 1990, two Mohawk communities in Quebec were thrust into a resistance against the Sûreté du Québec, the RCMP, and the Canadian Armed Forces. Referred to in the media as the “Oka Crisis,” the three-month standoff captured the attention of the entire country as the communities protested the expansion of a golf course into a forest and burial ground.
Set in the summer of 1990, the film tells the story of a 12-year-old Mohawk girl named Beans who skillfully navigates the nuances of friction between Indigenous identity and white settler culture to deliver a compelling, important message on self-identity in a broad societal context. It is a powerful coming-of-age drama from behind the protest lines. With its sensitive portrayal of internal and community conflicts gleaned from lived experience, it is poised to blaze a new trail for the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers.
Tuesday, March 15th, 7pm, Free
Compensation is the first feature by award-winning filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis (Cycles, A Powerful Thang, Spirits of Rebellion: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles). It presents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability, and discrimination. An important film on African-American deaf culture, Davis innovatively incorporates silent film techniques (such as title cards and vintage photos) to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication.
THE SOUND OF IDENTITY
Tuesday, March 22nd, 7pm, Free
The Sound of Identity profiles international Opera star Lucia Lucas’ historic performance at the Tulsa Opera and lifts the curtain as she becomes the first known transgender woman to perform a principal role in Opera history. The Sound of Identity captures Lucia Lucas on the cusp of international stardom, profiling the moment in an artist’s career when everything could fall apart or come together.
Taking place at the height of her career, Lucas provides fresh insights into her transition, the professional risk she is taking, and what it means for those who follow. Exploring the role that identity plays in our personal and professional lives, the film provides a nuanced look at voice and gender.
Thursday, March 29th, 7pm, Free
After the widely praised decision to legalize marijuana in California, six courageous women come out of the shadows of the cannabis underground to enter the new commercial industry. But with excessive government oversight and regulations that favor well-funded corporations, these trailblazers risk everything to fight for a piece of the “American Dream” in the market they helped create.