No list of films can encompass the remarkable range and diversity of film and video projects that fall under the rubric of women and gender history; it is impossible even to cover the different thematic threads of this conference. Our selective list of both feature-length and short films reflects a few more specific objectives.
First, films being discussed and shown in excerpts in film sessions on the main program will be shown here in full. Second, some filmmakers and curators are screening their films and leading a Q and A with the audience. Third, we have put together a select retrospective of Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando’s filmography detailing critical aspects of Afro-Cuban political struggle, history, and culture. Overall, we have given attention to certain themes and regions (among them South Asia, Nigeria, and Canada) that have a presence at the conference but not on the main program’s film sessions. With this film selection we want to push the boundaries of film as a pedagogic tool within the history classroom.
Forbidden Love: Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives, co-directed by Lynne Fernie & Aerlyn Wiessman (National Film Board of Canada, 1992)
Many Berkshire Conference attendees will be familiar with this ground-breaking film and some of us will have used it in our classrooms. Yet, public audiences rarely see the film, as it has not been available for public exhibition for the past seven years. This special screening and Q & A is co-presented by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the Inside Out Festival, The National Film Board of Canada and Women in View.