Spelman College film students will tackle hot-button issues from the perspectives of women of color at the 8th Annual Digital Moving Image Salon Student Documentary Film Showcase on this Thursday, April 26. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. at Midtown Art Cinema (931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta).

The screenings will include four documentaries that chronicle the experiences of women of color as war veterans, reproductive rights activists, domestic workers, and job seekers in the midst of an economic recession.

*Invisible Heroes: African American Women in the Military features African-American women veterans who continue to struggle with the casualties of war upon returning home.
(Producers: Carina-Michelle Francis, Jamiere Smith)

*Policing Our Bodies examines how African-American women banded together to fight for their reproductive rights in response to the Radiance Foundation’s 2010 anti-abortion advertisement campaign in Atlanta.
(Producers: Joyya Baines, Thandiwe Gibson-Hunter)

*America’s Surrogate Mothers explores the lives of African-American women domestic workers who work independently in homes and in commercial settings, juxtaposing their lives with the portrayal of domestic workers in the media. (Producers: Hope Harris, Talecia Tucker)

*Labor Market Warriors explores African-American women of the millennial generation who after excelling academically graduating with honors try to understand why they are unemployed or underemployed.
(Producers: Brittany Fennell, Amber Watson)

The program will also honor Atlanta’s griot photographer Sue Ross and film director Jessie Maple Patton in recognition of their pioneering contributions to African-American independent cinema.

Sue Ross, known as the City of Atlanta’s official photographer, was one of the first to bring African-American independent films to Atlanta. In the early 1980s, she created and marketed a film festival, organized workshops, and worked as an advocate on behalf of filmmakers.

Jessie Maple Patton was the first African-American woman to be admitted into the International Photographers of Motion Picture & Television union in 1974. In 1981, she directed her first feature, Will, one of the first feature films directed by an African-American woman.

Read more at the Digital Movie Image Salon@Spelman.


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