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Women at Work: The Domestic Is Not Free
November 5, 2018
The third edition of the ongoing Women at Work series—following Women at Work: Labor Activism in March and Women at Work: Radical Creativity in August—focuses on women’s domestic labor as house-workers, caretakers, and familial partners, which has been historically erased and undervalued. This wide-ranging program spotlights the often-invisible work women take on at home and when the workplace is the home. The series considers the myriad ways in which women across the world have challenged and subverted traditional associations between gender and domesticity. Exploring the intersections of labor, race, class, and social environment, these films reveal urgent, human stories of sacrifice and endurance that too often go unnoticed. The series includes: Black Girl (Sembène, 1966) screening with Fannie’s Film (Woods, 1979) and Fucked Like a Star (Saintonge, 2018); The Milk of Sorrow (Llosa, 2009); Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Akerman, 1975) screening with Semiotics of the Kitchen (Rosler, 1975); Safe (Haynes, 1995); The Day I Became a Woman (Meshkini, 2000), screening with Mujer de Milfuegos (Strand, 1976); Ama-San (Varejão, 2016); Mahanagar (Ray, 1963); Good Manners (Rojas & Dutra, 2017); Wildness (Tsang, 2012); and a shorts program entitled Daydream Therapy including Lip (Moffat, 1999), The Maids (Jackson, 1985), and Daydream Therapy (Nicolas, 1977).