F-Word Film Festival

 

The 17th Annual F*-Word Film Festival Presents (*F for Feminst)

F-Word: March 19th and March 20th in the Laurel Forum at 7 PM
Sponsored by UNCA’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

On both nights, a panel discussion will take place following the screening of the films.


Monday, March 19, 2018
Time: 7 PM
Location: Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall

1. LOVE THE SINNER
Directed
 by Jessica Devaney and Geeta Gandbhir
US, 2016, 17 minutes

LOVE THE SINNER is a personal documentary exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. LOVE THE SINNER probes our responsibility to face bias in our communities and push for dignity and equality for all.

2. DEEP RUN
A film by Hillevi Loven, Produced by Chris Talbott and Samara Levenstein
US, 2015, 75 minutes

Executive produced by Susan Sarandon, DEEP RUN is a powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Exiled by her family and rejected by an ex-partner, 17-year-old Spazz has no one to lean on for support. But when Spazz falls in love again and summons up the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed trans-man, his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 7 PM
Location: Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall

1. WHOSE STREETS?
Directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis
101 minutes

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

 

For more information contact Dr. Lori Horvitz at lhorvitz@unca.edu

2017 F-Word Film Festival (F for Feminist)

Tuesday, March 21st, 7 PM, Humanities Lecture Hall
Out in the Night:

Out in the Night is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young African American lesbians who are out, one hot August night, in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They all come from a low-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. Two of the women are the focus – gender non-conforming Renata Hill, and petite femme Patreese Johnson, a shy and tender poet. As they and their friends walk in the West Village, an older man sexually and violently confronts them. Strangers jump in to defend the women and the fight escalates. The women are rounded up and charged with gang assault, assault and attempted murder. Renata, Patreese and two others claim their innocence. They are called a “Gang of Killer Lesbians” by the media. Through the lives of these four young women, Out in the Night reveals how their race, gender identity and sexuality became criminalized in the mainstream news media and criminal legal system. Following the screening of the film, Patreese and Renata will be on hand to answer questions and speak about their experiences. Directed by blair dorosh-walther.

 

Wednesday, March 22nd, 7 PM, Laurel Forum
A Womb of Their Own:

This feature documentary asks: How do people who don’t experience themselves as simply female or male handle a culture that offers only these two identities? A Womb of Their Own introduces a charismatic, funny, thoughtful group of masculine-of-center-identified people who experience pregnancy. Each individual and couple navigate gender expectations even from the LGBT community that don’t fit their experience of themselves. Follow their stories as they establish their own unique gender, develop their definition of family, grow a baby in their bodies, and birth, chestfeed and parent their children as non-binary masculine people. A post-screening panel discussion will take place after the film. Directed by Cyn Lubow.