[Videolib] Re: Videos on American Feminism Circa 1960s/70s

Daniel Bickley (dbickley@uclink.berkeley.edu)
Tue, 6 Apr 2004 18:11:29 -0700

We distribute an excellent 16-minute documentary, released in 2000,
called "Still Revolutionaries," which profiles two women who are
former members of the Black Panther Party. To order, please contact:

University of California Extension
Center for Media and Independent Learning
1995 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-7014

Phone: 510-642-0460
Fax: 510-643-9271
Email: ucmedia@ucxonline.berkeley.edu
Web: http://ucmedia.berkeley.edu

Here is the full (long) annotation:

Still Revolutionaries

Sundance Film Festival honoree
"Best Documentary" Award, University Film and Video Assn. Intl. Film Festival
Women in Cinema Intl. Film Festival honoree
Black Maria Film Festival honoree
Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival honoree
Intl. Documentary Assn. honoree
Selected for screening at more than 20 major film festivals worldwide

This compelling documentary explores the lives of two women who were
in the Black Panther Party between 1969 and 1975. Katherine Campbell
and Madalynn Rucker reflect on the reasons and events that led to
their joining the Black Panthers, the type of work they did within
the Party, and the challenges they faced as they chose to leave it
and reconstruct their lives.

The film takes a very personal look at the passions these women hold
dearest and their motives for putting their lives on the line for
their community. The women share the difficulties they encountered as
they began to feel the structure of the Party disintegrating around
them. The excruciating decision to leave the Party and re-enter
"mainstream" life posed specific challenges as they strove to
integrate their radical values into their jobs and families. The
women discuss how they have carried the strengths and beliefs
inspired by the Black Panther Party throughout their lives and the
ways in which they have tried to pass them on to their own children.

Through the two women's eloquent, clear-eyed evaluations of their
experiences, "Still Revolutionaries" provides both a foot soldier's
and a woman's point of view on the Black Panther Party and its
legacy. The film will generate discussion in a variety of classes in
American history and studies, African-American studies, and women's
studies. It was produced by Sienna McLean.

"What is unique about this film is that, for the first time, women
who were in the Party are able to tell the story of the Black Panther
Party from their own perspective. At the heart of this remarkable
film is the story of extraordinarily committed women who were
betrayed by their leaders. The real tragedy, which is eloquently
portrayed here, is the sense of disillusionment felt by rank and file
members when the Party didn't live up to its revolutionary
potential." -- Clayborne Carson, Prof. of History and Director,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project, Stanford Univ.

"A great classroom tool, integrating complex issues of gender,
generation, race, class, politics, and memory into a concise,
compelling reflection on life as a woman in the Black Panther Party.
This thought-provoking film will appeal to anyone interested in the
intersections between political action, idealism, and the day-to-day
routines involved in raising a family and building community. A
perfect length for classroom use, the film will be a valuable
resource for teachers of American history; civics, government, and
political science; and women's and African-American studies." --
Faith Rogow, Ph.D., Media Education Specialist

"Blending testimony and archival footage, this excellent film
explores the dynamic and conflicted participation of women in the
Black Panther Party. It presents an important and insightful
consideration of race, gender and social change during the 1960s. It
is an ideal educational and discussion tool for numerous women's
studies courses." -- Prof. Chon Noriega, Faculty Affiliate, Center
for the Study of Women, UCLA

16 min. Color 2000 Catalog #38486
Sale: video $150, Rental: video $50

At 4:46 PM -0400 4/6/04, Meghann R Matwichuk wrote:
>Hello all,
>I am searching for a few titles that I might be able to order, and the
>search is turning out to be less fruitful than I originally thought it
>would be. So, I'm appealing to the collective brain for help.
>I have a request from an instructor for videos to be used as an
>introduction to 1960s and 1970s feminism in America. Her words: "I want
>the students to see the power, conflict and diversity within this time
>period." What we have found so far has been too specific -- we have
>plenty of videos on abortion rights, rights in the workplace, specific
>figures in the women's rights movement, lesbian civil rights, and many on
>women's rights in other areas of the world.
>Also of interest to the instructor are videos showing African-American
>women involved in the womens movement in the same time period. ("Standing
>on Our Sisters' Shoulders" was shown to her class, but she's looking for
>videos that show women talking directly about their involvement in the
>feminist movement, etc.).
>Another angle is video that discusses sexism within the left or within
>the Black Panthers during the 60s/70s.
>Several titles that we already know of:
>My Feminism
>Some American Feminists
>Step By Step: Building a Feminist Movement
>Black Women, Sexual Politics and the Revolution
>A Century of Women
>Thanks in advance for any help,
>Meghann R. Matwichuk
>Instructional Media Department
>Morris Library
>University of Delaware
>181 S. College Ave.
>Newark, DE 19717
>(302) 831-1475
>Videolib mailing list

Daniel Bickley
Director of Media Distribution
University of California Extension
Center for Media and Independent Learning
1995 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-7014

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