Brown-bag lunches to feature short films directed by women
As part of Women's History Month, Penn State Altoona will present two brown-bag lunches featuring short, independent films by women. The films will be shown Thursday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 26 from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. in room 150 of the Hawthorn Building.
The first series of films, showing on Thursday, March 14, will include:
6th World, directed by Nanobah Becke. Description: Navajo Astronaut Tazbah Redhouse is a pilot on the first spaceship sent to colonize Mars. But a mysterious dream the night before her departure indicates there may be more to her mission than she understands.
That Which Once Was, directed by Kimi Takesue. Description: In the year 2032, Vicente, an 8-year-old Caribbean boy, has been displaced by global warming and fends for himself as an environmental refugee in a hostile Northern metropolis. Orphaned and without connection to family or friends, Vicente now lives in a children’s shelter on the fringes of the city, and struggles with anxiety, rage, and disturbing memories of the tragedy he fled. On a hot summer day, Vicente sits outside the shelter and sees a mysterious man smashing large chunks of ice against the pavement. Thus begins an unexpected friendship between Vicente and Siku, the ice carver: two people from different worlds who have both experienced tremendous loss. Through their bond, Siku ultimately helps Vicente confront his past and understand the value of memory.
The second series of films, showing Tuesday, March 26, will include:
Laura Keller - NB, directed by Mo Perkins. Description: With global population at an extreme high, federal fertility lotteries now determine who can and can’t reproduce. When one woman learns that she will be permanently sterilized, her faith in the system is shaken.
Beholder, directed by Nisha Ganatra. Description: Takes place in the biosphere-protected Red Estates, a gated community with a socially conservative political majority. At a clinic where patients can genetically engineer their children, Sasha, the wife of rising political star Bobby Aryana, is informed that her baby carries the genetic marker for homosexuality. By the laws of Red Estates, this is an aberration that must be dealt with immediately, and Sasha must decide between staying faithful to the love of her life or risking everything. Touching on issues of race, sexual orientation, and conformity, Beholder examines the notion of identity and the costs of belonging.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. The events are sponsored by Penn State Altoona's Women's Studies program with support from ITVS: Independent Television Service. For more information, contact Molly Slep at firstname.lastname@example.org.