WHAT’S HAPPENING AT IFC
IFC welcomes Aishah Shahidah Simmons (Spring 2014 Erma O’Brien Distinguished Professor at Scripps College). Ms. Simmons is a Black feminist lesbian, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. She also teaches in the Women’s Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies programs at Temple University. In 1992, she founded AfroLez® Productions, an AfroLez®femcentric multimedia arts company committed to using the moving image, the written and spoken word to address those issues which have a negative impact on marginalized and disenfranchised people. Her internationally acclaimed grassroots short videos Silence…Broken and In My Father’s House explore the issues of race, gender, homophobia, rape, and misogyny. Ms. Simmons is also the producer, writer, and director of the Ford Foundation-funded, internationally acclaimed, award winning film NO! The Rape Documentary. Ms. Simmons’s cultural work and activism have been documented extensively in a wide range of media outlets including The Root, Crisis, Forbes, Left of Black, In These Times, Ms., Alternet, ColorLines, The Philadelphia Weekly, NPR, Pacifica Radio Network, and BET. Ms. Simmons has screened her work, lectured extensively, taught classes, and facilitated workshops and dialogues at colleges and universities, rape crisis centers, juvenile correctional facilities, and government sponsored events throughout North America and in numerous countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. She is a member of the editorial collective of the online magazine The Feminist Wire. Additionally, she blogs at AfroLez®femcentric Perspectives. Follow her on twitter @AfroLez
Events with Ms. Simmons
February 11, 12:00 p.m.
Vita Nova 104, Scripps College
Student Activism Networking Lunch (RSVP deadline: February 10)
February 13, 7:00 p.m.
Humanities Auditorium, Scripps College
Mediating Feminisms ~The Feminist Wire Editors and Writers Roundtable
February 26, 7:00 p.m.
Vita Nova 100, Scripps College
Dear Sister: Letters to Survivors of Sexual Violence ~ book panel discussion and signing with Lisa Factora-Borchers, Editor, and Amita Y. Swadhin, Contributor
March 7, 7:00 p.m.
Room 001, Sally Tiernan Field House, Scripps College
Film screening: NO! The Rape Documentary / followed by discussion
Ms. Simmons’ visit is hosted by Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Scripps College.
NEWS FOR STUDENTS:
The production was recently covered by The Indian Express, the 3rd largest newspaper in India. Read the article here: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/staging-a-revelation/1068961/0
A film made by Rachel Mayeri, associate professor of media studies, was featured at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Utah that took place in January. Mayeri’s experimental film, “Primate Cinema: Apes as Family,” was selected for the festival’s non-competitive New Frontier Short Films category. The film was one of 65 works chosen from a record 8,102 submissions.
Read more about Mayeri’s project at http://www.hmc.edu/newsandevents/primate-cinema-sundance-2013.html , or view a trailer for the film at http://vimeo.com/28726383.