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2012 Film Selections

Thank you to everyone that attended and helped with the 2012 Gender Diversity Film Series.  Do you have any other suggestions for next year?  Contact us!

Please plan on attending the 2013 Gender Diversity Film Series!

All events will feature a film screening (VADM 129 @ Noon), a panel discussion, and free food, sponsored by ASWSUV.  All films are free and open to the public–feel free to invite friends and neighbors!

March 1: Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up
(Documentary | 2009 | 67 minutes)

With a fearless look at a highly charged subject, Straightlaced unearths how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are confining American teens. From girls confronting media messages about body image to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren’t gay, this fascinating array of students bravely open up about the toll that deeply held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all of our lives. Interweaving the stories of students who are straight with those who identify in other ways, Straightlaced makes it clear that these cultural pressures profoundly affect all of our lives. Their intimate stories, filled with courage, pathos, and unexpected humor, offer both teens and adults a way out of anxiety, fear, and violence and point the way toward a more inclusive, empowering culture. (more info)

March 8: Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance
(Documentary | 2009 | 72 Minutes)

Riot Acts is a ‘trans-fabulous’ rockumentary representing the multi-dimensional lives of transgender and gender variant musicians. A first-hand perspective of the intersections between gender performance and stage performance, Riot Acts suggests that identities and bodies are undeniably political, and the journey within a trans experience isn’t always one of tragedy, but one of creativity and joy.

March 22: Orchids: My Intersex Adventure
(Documentary | 2010 | 60 minutes)

Gen X filmmaker Phoebe Hart always knew she was different growing up – but she didn’t know why. This award-winning documentary traces Phoebe’s voyage of self-discovery as an intersex person, a group of conditions formerly termed hermaphroditism. Learning only in her teens that she was born with 46XY (male) chromosomes, Hart now seeks to understand her own story and the stories of others affected by this complex and often shameful syndrome.

With help from sister Bonnie (also born with the same condition) and support from partner James, Hart drives across Australia, interviewing individuals whose struggles and victories mirror and differ from her own. Some advocate systemic change ending shame and controversial genital surgeries, while others debate coming out or staying closeted with a stigmatized secret. Questioning rigidly defined constructs of gender, sexuality, and normality, often with lively good humor, ORCHIDS is the first film to look at intersex from a positive perspective. Its engaging portrait of survival, courage and reconciliation will speak to a variety of audiences and spark lively discussion about what it means to be perceived as “different.”

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March 29: The Codes of Gender
(Documentary | 2009 | 73 Minutes)

In striking visual detail, The Codes of Gender explores Goffman’s central claim that gender ideals are the result of ritualized cultural performance, uncovering a remarkable pattern of masculine and feminine displays and poses. It looks beyond advertising as a medium that simply sells products, and beyond analyses of gender that focus on biological difference or issues of objectification and beauty, to provide a clear-eyed view of the two-tiered terrain of identity and power relations.

With its sustained focus on how our perceptions of what it means to be a man or a woman get reproduced and reinforced on the level of culture in our everyday lives, The Codes of Gender is certain to inspire discussion and debate across a range of disciplines.

**Funds provided by the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver (ASWSUV).

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