Join us for this great mix of short films by and about women, and a feature documentary!
THE WEDDING PROPOSAL: A film by Anjanette Levert. The filmmaker, an educated African-American journalist, celebrates her 35th birthday and acknowledges to her dismay that she is STILL unmarried. The Wedding Proposal is an at times humorous, at times heart-wrenching personal journey to find out how this could have happened to her. For answers she turns to her family, her friends and "the villain" --Thomas Lopez Pierre, Managing Partner of The Harlem Club, a private social club for professional African-Americans. Any professional man is eligible to join, but women must be under 35, single, have no children; they must also submit head and body photos.
Thomas points out the troubling statistic that of those African-Americans that graduate college, 65% are women. That leaves a shortage of available professional men for women like Anjanette. She gathers together her friends, a lively group of "Sassy Sistas", to see how they cope with this reality in their daily lives.
Anjanette questions the assumption that you are not successful, no matter how interesting your career, if you are not a wife and mother too. She rethinks her life choices that brought her to this point. And she tries to extricate her true hopes and dreams from all of the societal expectations placed on African-American women, in order to find, and follow, her own path.
OTRA VIDA (USA/Venezuela): Dir: Karry Fefer (Seattle). Spanish and English, with subtitles. A short experimental narrative, explores race, social status, and a woman's search for that elusive place of acceptance and belonging as she is forced to define her social alliances and her sexual identity.
A KNOCKOUT: Boxing champion Michele Aboro grew up in South London, where life for a girl was never easy, let alone for a mixed-race lesbian girl. Thanks to her tenacious spirit and an uncanny talent for combat sports, she put her difficult past behind her and managed to sign a contract with the biggest boxing promoter in Europe. She won all 21 fights, 18 of them with a knockout, an exceptional achievement in women's boxing. But despite her spectacular record in the ring, her career came to a sudden halt when her promoter broke her contract under the belief that she was not "promotable".
Refusing to vamp up her image and pose naked in magazines, this undefeated world champion was abandoned by an industry more interested in selling sex than sport. A Knock Out interweaves Aboro's personal story with interviews with boxers whose wild success strikes a painful contrast with Aboro's struggles. Searching for logic behind Aboro's case, this poignant documentary captures a universal story of fighting for one's identity and offers a probing look at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and the increased commercialization of women's sports.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
104 17th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98144
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