The Little Theatre is celebrating Women's History Month March 5 through March 26 with a collection of documentary and narrative films about brilliant and bold trailblazing women.
Born In Flames director Lizzie Borden will headline a group of film directors, producers, and local experts who will lead audience discussions after each film in the series. Additionally, The Little is teaming with community partners Girls Rock! Rochester, Pretty Kitties Burlesque, Skylark Lounge, ImageOut and WAYO 104.3 FM for the series.
All films are $5. Tickets are available at thelittle.org and at The Little box office.
The series is sponsored by a New York Council on the Humanities New York Action Grant, and co-presented by The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Rochester.
3 p.m. Sunday, March 5: Sonita with community partner Girls Rock! Rochester
Summary: If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she's worth $9,000. What's more, women aren't allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true?
Girls Rock! Rochester is a 501c(3) nonprofit camp dedicated to using music creation and performance as tools for cultivating self confidence in girls and trans youth. The film will be introduced by members of Girls Rock! Rochester and a performance will follow the screening.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8: City of Joy
Summary: This documentary tells the story of center for healing called City of Joy, in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where women who have suffered violence and the most unimaginable abuse are cared for and learn to rise above their circumstances.
Barbara LeSavoy, director of the Women and Gender Studies program at the College at Brockport, will lead a discussion after the film.
3 p.m. Sunday, March 12: League of Exotique Dancers with community partners Pretty Kitties Burlesque and Skylark Lounge
Summary: With a blast of brassy jazz and a spin through the glitz of modern Las Vegas, award-winning director Rama Rau’s documentary League of Exotique Dancers sets the stage for a provocative and eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of Burlesque through the colorful lives of unforgettable women who made it glitter.
Director Rama Rau and Producer Ed Barreveld will attend screening and lead a discussion after the film. There will be an after party with a performance by Pretty Kitties Burlesque at Skylark Lounge (40 Union St., Rochester).
3 p.m. Sunday, March 19: A Revolution in Four Seasons
Summary: This seminal film tells the story of two women with opposing political views fighting for their different versions of a democratic future for Tunisia, the country that sparked the Arab Spring. Over the course of Tunisia's critical post-revolution years, the doc follows journalist Emna Ben Jemaa, who envisions a country governed by free speech and without the corruption of the former regime. In contrast, Jawhara Ettis of the Islamist party Ennahda works towards a Tunisia guided by Islamic principles. On a public level, both women must navigate how females are treated in their society, while in their own homes they must make difficult choices to balance their public political roles with marriage and motherhood.
Ilka Datig, Head of Instruction and Outreach at the Lorette Wilmot Library at Nazareth College will lead a discussion after the film.
6 p.m. Sunday, March 26: Born in Flames, in 35mm, with community partners ImageOut and WAYO 104.3 FM
The Little is proud to screen a 35mm print preserved by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.
More: This 1983 documentary-style feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism in an alternative United States socialist democracy. The plot concerns two feminist groups in New York City, each voicing their concerns to the public by pirate radio. One group, led by an outspoken white lesbian, Isabel (Adele Bertei), operates "Radio Ragazza". The other group, led by a soft-spoken African-American, Honey (Honey), operates "Phoenix Radio." The local community is stimulated into action after a world-traveling political activist, Adelaide Norris (Jean Satterfield), is arrested upon arriving at a New York City airport, and suspiciously dies while in police custody.
Lizzie Borden will be at The Little for a post-screening discussion.