F-Word Film Festival to showcase a celebration of feminism with images by and about women

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From UNC Asheville:

March 5th, 7 PM
The F-Word Film Festival (F for feminist): A Celebration of Images By and About Women (But For All Audiences) presents WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES and Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl NYC

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating birth, evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls, both onscreen and off. From the birth of the 1940s comic book heroine, Wonder Woman, to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about strong and healthy women. 55 minutes.

Grrrl Love and Revolution: Riot Grrrl NYC: Fed up with the calcification of punk into a male-dominated, misogynistic and increasingly mainstream movement, the birth of Riot Grrrl in the late 1980s brought together feminism and pop culture in an empowering, noisy union. The angry music of Riot Grrrl bands such as Bikini Kill and Bratmobile became a creative outlet to confront issues too often silenced in the media: rape, domestic abuse, sexuality, racism and female empowerment. Riot Grrrl created a feminist subculture which made its members active, front and center participants in the alternative punk scene. Filmmaker Abby Moser was at the heart of the NYC Riot Grrrl movement, filming them between 1993 and 1996, creating an invaluable archive for students learning the history of feminism. 42 minutes.

A panel discussion with UNCA faculty and students will take place after the films. Sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

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