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Title: 14th Annual Women of Color Film and Video Festival
START DATE: Friday March 14
TIME: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details:
Kresge College Town Hall
UC Santa Cruz
Event Type: Screening
the UCSC Women of Color in Conflict and Collaboration Research Cluster is excited to present:

The 14th Annual Women of Color Film and Video Festival

bodies in flight: migration and transit a space for films, videos, spoken word, music, dialogue, and activist vision

Friday March 14th and Saturday March 15th
Exact times: TBA
@ the Kresge College Town Hall

Join us as we bring together cultural productions by U.S.-based women of color and women internationally that speak to issues of migration, dislocation, and displacement. Featured filmmakers include: Sonali Gulati, Jolie Harris, Nanobah Becker, Claudia Mercado, Dee Rees, yaya raiz, Dolissa Medina, monica enriquez-enriquez, Vanessa Huang, Nao Bustamante, Elissa Moon, Emiliana Reynoso, Veronica Majano, Osa Hidalgo de la Riva and Mujeres y Cultura Subterranea from Mexico City. Plus one program curated by the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project based in San Francisco.

with music by: Erica Nalani and from La Havana, Cuba, Las Krudas Cubensi a Hip Hop and Spoken Word three women collective. Friday March 14th at the Hide Gallery 9pm.

spoken word by: UCSC spoken word collectives SIN and FLOW, Oakland youth spoken word troupe IGO, and Bay Area performance artist Aimee Suzara. MCs Angela Carroll, Tannia Esparza, Miki Foster and Laila Shereen Sakr. Saturday March 15th at 6pm.

sponsored by: The Institute for Advanced Feminist Research; The Chicano/Latino Resource Center; UCSC Women's Center; Kresge College Provosts; Cowell College Provost; Oakes College Provost; Porter College Provost; Merrill College Provost; Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs; America Indian Resource Center; Division of Social Sciences; UCSC Center for Labor Studies; Division of Graduate Studies; UCSC Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate; UCSC Center for Cultural Studies; The Center for Tolerance, Justice, and Community; CARE Council: Community And Resource Empowerment; Merrill College Student Senate; Crown College Student Senate;Cowell Student Senate; The Division of the Arts; The Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity (CAAD); The Graduate Student Association; The Department of Latin American and Latino Studies; The Department of Feminist Studies; The Department of History; The Department of Community Studies; The Department of Sociology; The Department of Anthropology; The Department of Art; The Department of Literature; The Department of History of Consciousness; The Department of History of Art and Visual Culture; The Department of Film and Digital Media and Digital Arts and New Media.

For more information, please email Cindy Bello (cbello [at] ucsc.edu) or Monica Enriquez (marginadas [at] gmail.com) or visit our website at http://www.ucscwocfilmfest.com

Cindy Rose Bello
Graduate Student
History of Consciousness Program
University of California Santa Cruz
cbello [at] ucsc.edu



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the UCSC Women of Color in Conflict and Collaboration Research Cluster is excited to present:
The 14th Annual Women of Color Film and Video Festival
bodies in flight: migration and transit
a space for films, videos, spoken word, music, dialogue, and activist vision

Friday March 14th and Saturday March 15th
@ the Kresge College Town Hall

Join us as we bring together cultural productions by U.S.-based women of color and women internationally that speak to issues of migration, dislocation, and displacement. Featured filmmakers include: Sonali Gulati, Jolie Harris, Nanobah Becker, Claudia Mercado, Dee Rees, yaya raiz, Dolissa Medina, monica enriquez-enriquez, Vanessa Huang, Nao Bustamante, Elissa Moon, Emiliana Reynoso, Veronica Majano, Osa Hidalgo de la Riva and Mujeres y Cultura Subterranea from Mexico City. Plus one program curated by the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project based in San Francisco.

with music by: Erica Nalani and from La Havana, Cuba, Las Krudas Cubensi a Hip Hop and Spoken Word three women collective. Friday March 14th at the Hide Gallery 9pm.

spoken word by: UCSC spoken word collectives S.I.N. Verguenza and FLOW, Oakland youth spoken word troupe IGO, and Bay Area performance artist Aimee Suzara. MCs Angela Carroll, Tannia Esparza, Miki Foster and Laila Shereen Sakr. Saturday March 15th at 6pm.

Schedule:
Friday March 14th

Opening night: Identities in Transit
6:30pm – 9pm

Opening remarks by Angela Davis.

films:
24 Frames Per Day 7M (Sonali Gulati)
60 Years of the Same: Sister Unsilenced 7M (Jolie Harris)
Conversions 9M (Nanobah Becker)
Lagrimas de Café 10M (Claudia Mercado)
Pariah 28M (Dee Rees)
TRT: 61M

performance by S.I.N.Verguenza! (Students Informing Now).
S.I.N. is a UCSC action-based organization composed of AB 540 students and their allies. The group's activism is based on the education and promotion of immigrant rights. AB 540 is the non-resident tuition exemption law under which undocumented students and non-resident documented students qualify to pay in-state tuition at California universities after three years of attending a California high school or earning a California GED.

Dialogue with filmmakers.

Friday Night Party 9:30 - midnight
At the Hide Gallery
131B Front St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Performers:

Erica Benton has sung all over the bay area from SF Pride, to Chamorro Self-Determination Conferences, to Youth Empowerment summits and local open mics. From her bedroom to the stage, she uses music and creativity to inspire hearts and minds towards, love, healing, self-determination, and freedom. She loves eggs and rice for breakfast, and everday peoples strugglin for dignity.

and from Havana, Cuba Las Krudas Cubensi is a collective of women; a tribe who believes in woman's actions as a central part of world change. Krudas Cubensi are three artist who work in varied mediums such as Hip Hop, Visual Art, Street Theater and Poetry. The group is composed of two sisters Odaymara y Odalys Cuesta and Olivia Prendes.


Saturday March 15th

Multiple Borders
10am – 11:15am
Screening curated by the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project SF

films:
To Trangress: A Meditation (Maya Santos)
Erzulie's Tears (Mary Ann Brooks)
Fashion Resistance To Militarism (Kimberly Alvarenga)
Fathers (Rachel Poulain)
It Takes a Village (Kiki Zerrudo)
That's Why I Hate Females (Vassilisa Johri)
TRT: 60M

Dialogue

Labor in a Transnational Frame
11:30am – 12:45pm

films:
19 Victoria :Texas 4M (Dolissa Medina)
Bad about being Korean 7M (Elissa Moon)
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night 26M (Sonali Gulati)
Frozen Dreams/Suenios Congelados 30M (Emiliana Reynoso)
TRT: 67M

Dialogue moderated by Diana Wu
Diana is a community organizer that has worked with the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and is now the Director of Community Planning at Asian Neighborhood Design in San Francisco. Filmmakers present.

1pm - 2pm Community Organizations
Justice Now http://www.jnow.org/
LyLya http://www.lylya.org/
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project http://www.qwocmap.org/

Queer Migrations (spanish/english screening)
2:30pm – 3:50pm

films:
Bienvenida 7M (yaya raiz)
Lunas de Pasion 30M (Ines Morales y Susana Quiroz)
intimate margins/margenes intimates 20M (mónica enríquez-enríquez)
TRT: 57M

Dialogue with Mujeres y Cultura Subterranea from Mexico City, Ines Morales y Susana Quiroz directors of "Lunas de Pasion"
Through documentary or fictional formats, Women and Underground Culture, addresses themes such as the thoughts and lives of young women living on the street, the punk movement in Mexico City, AIDS, abortion and drug addiction. "For over 10 years we have worked with girls, youth and women of few resources that like us, are fighting for respect and a place in this world full of contradictions."


Geographies of Space: Experimental Works
4pm – 5pm

films:
Bodies in Flight 3M (Osa Hidalgo de la Riva)
Grounds 10M (Dolissa Medina)
Pray Thing I Fly 7M (Vannessa Huang)
Untitled #1 4M (Nao Bustamante)
I reminice 2M (Veronica Majano)
Two Four 2M (Veronica Majano)
Calle Chula 13M (Veronica Majano)
TRT: 42M

Dialogue with filmmakers.


Spoken Word Program 6pm – 8pm
MCs Angela Carroll, Tannia Esparza, Miki Foster and Laila Shereen Sakr

Performances by:

FLOW Women of Color writing collective at UCSC
IGO Spoken word troop from the Bay Area.
"We will use our collective talents to solicit truth from the underrepresented. We are youth that open the eyes of society through poetry, by expressing our views of daily life, inspiring others to make a difference and preparing youth to perform in the real world. We will change the world one inspiration at a time, so listen."
Aimee Suzara Filipino-American writer/performer, cultural worker, educator Aimee's mission is to create, and help others create, work that builds community, fosters healing, and provokes important questions through poetry, song, movement and theatre. Recognizing her role on the continuum of Filipino, women of color, queer, activist and literary histories, she confronts racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression through writing, performance, and workshops for youth and adults.


sponsored by:
The Institute for Advanced Feminist Research; The Chicano/Latino Resource Center; UCSC Women's Center; Kresge College Provosts; Cowell College Provost; Oakes College Provost; Porter College Provost; Merrill College Provost; Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs; America Indian Resource Center; Division of Social Sciences; UCSC Center for Labor Studies; Division of Graduate Studies; UCSC Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate; UCSC Center for Cultural Studies; The Center for Tolerance, Justice, and Community; CARE Council: Community And Resource Empowerment; Merrill College Student Senate; Crown College Student Senate;Cowell Student Senate; The Division of the Arts; The Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity (CAAD); The Graduate Student Association; The Department of Latin American and Latino Studies; The Department of Feminist Studies; The Department of History; The Department of Community Studies; The Department of Sociology; The Department of Anthropology; The Department of Art; The Department of Literature; The Department of History of Consciousness; The Department of History of Art and Visual Culture; The Department of Film and Digital Media and Digital Arts and New Media.

For more information, please email Cindy Bello (cbello [at] ucsc.edu) or Monica Enriquez (marginadas [at] gmail.com) or visit our website at http://www.ucscwocfilmfest.com/

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by via Women of Color Film and Video Festival
Wednesday Mar 12th, 2008 3:40 PM
The 14th Annual Women of Color Film and Video Festival will bring together cultural productions by U.S.-based women of color and women internationally that speak to issues of migration, dislocation, and displacement. Featured filmmakers include: Sonali Gulati, Jolie Harris, Nanobah Becker, Claudia Mercado, Dee Rees, yaya raiz, Dolissa Medina, monica enriquez-enriquez, Vanessa Huang, Nao Bustamante, Elissa Moon, Emiliana Reynoso, Veronica Majano, Osa Hidalgo de la Riva and Mujeres y Cultura Subterranea from Mexico City. Plus one program curated by the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project based in San Francisco.

This year’s festival, bodies in flight: migration and transit, brings together cultural productions by U.S.-based women of color and women internationally that speak to issues of migration and dislocation associated with a range of global developments, including but not limited to: histories of colonialism and enslavement, the expansion of “transnational” and “global” capitalism, and the ongoing empire/nation-building ventures of U.S. militarism. Conceiving of “cultural production” as a broad and dynamic category of activity, this year’s festival will feature not only film and video screenings, but also performance, multimedia artwork, and discussions facilitated by representatives from Bay Area community organizations. Our goal is to engage participants, and all members of the UCSC community, in an interrogation of current immigration debates as they interface with questions of sexuality and gender-based asylum, incarceration, rights discourses, and the formation of categories of race, sexuality, gender and nation.
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Wednesday Mar 12th, 2008 3:42 PM
Opening night Program: Identities in Transit

24 Frames per Day (Sonali Gulati) 7 minutes
24 frames per day was conceived by combining 24 photographs captured each day over a period of 9 months. A daily meditation by the filmmaker photographing the front door of her "home" makes this a very personal and political film that raises important questions around immigration, cultural stereotypes, and diasporic identity.

60 Years of the Same: Sisters Unsilenced (Jolie Harris) 11 minutes, 2007
60 Years of the Same examines the legacy of racism in Education through the stories of early black educators and the voices of current students who drive home the lesson that resilience is a key strategy for resistance

Conversion (Nanobah Becker) 8 minutes, 2006
Christian missionaries have a dubious influence on a family in the remote, Navajo desert.

Lágrimas de Café (Claudia Mercado) 10 minutes, 2008
A young woman's daily dose of coffee suddenly offers more than a tasty fix-fluidly defying time and space, she makes amends with her past.

Pariah (Dee Rees) 28 minutes, 2007
A Bronx lesbian teenager unsuccessfully juggles multiple identities to avoid rejection from her friends and family. Mounting pressure from home, school, and within wears the line between her personas thin with explosive consequences.

Performance: Sin Vergüenza!
By S.I.N. Students Informing Now, Sin Verg&uumlenza! S.I.N. is an action-based organization composed of AB 540 students and their allies. The group's activism is based on the education and promotion of immigrant rights. AB 540 is the non-resident tuition exemption law under which undocumented students and non-resident documented students qualify to pay in-state tuition at California universities after three years of attending a California high school or earning a California GED.

Saturday, 10:00am: Multiple Borders

Curated by the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) in San Francisco.

To Transgress: A Meditation (Maya Santos)
This lyrical and beautiful experimental documentary explores the moment a Filipina leaves everything she knows. Maya Santos, queer, Filipina, poet, architect, multi-media artist, documentarian.

Erzulie's Tears (Mary Ann Brooks)
The spirit of the Haitian Voudoun goddess of love saturates this haunting and lyrical film.

Fashion Resistance to Militarism (Kimberly Alvarenga)
A provocative look at the military's influence on fashion and popular culture.

Fathers (Rachel Poulain)
Three queer women depict how their fathers influenced them.

It Takes a Village (Kiki Zerrudo)
This compelling documentary examines the challenges of a single, queer, immigrant mum raising a male child.

That's Why I Hate Females (Vassilisa Johri)
This insightful film confronts the myth of women's liberation and explores how women heal from internalized sexism. Vassilisa Johri is a social justice worker, artist, and first-time filmmaker committed to fighting oppression.

Saturday, 11:30 am: Labor in a Transnational Frame

19 Victoria: Texas (Dolissa Medina) 4 minutes, 2006
"19: Victoria, Texas" is an experimental short about the worst case of human smuggling in U.S. history. Using light and abstracted news footage, the film functions as both memorial and journey into the dark, claustrophobic experience of a human tragedy.

Bad about being Korean (Elissa Moon) 7 minutes, 2007
Bad about being Korean reflects on the filmmaker's strange experience of growing up Korean-American in a white working class neighborhood and working at her single mother's dry cleaners.

Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night (Sonali Gulati) 26 minutes
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night is a documentary on outsourcing of American jobs to India. Told from the perspective of an Indian living in the U.S., the film journeys into India's call centers, where telemarketers acquire American names and accents to service the telephone-support industry of the U.S. The film incorporates animation, live action, and archival footage to explore the complexities of globalization, capitalism, and identity.

Frozen Dreams 30M (Emiliana Reynoso) 30 minutes, 2007
Frozen Dreams gathers feelings and thoughts of some mothers raided among 160 people at Del Monte food production plant on June 2007 in Portland, Oregon. These mother's experiences at the detention center encouraged them to form the Comité de Solidaridad de Apoyo Mutuo (Mutual Support Solidarity Committee) for leadership and organizing activities through Popular Education. The piece also speaks to world realities such as poverty and misery, while a minority takes advantage of a wealthy life.
Human Rights activists, teachers, illiterate people, students, community organizers, faith people, politicians, and the community at large will find FROZEN DREAMS a useful tool for furthering the migration debate. FROZEN DREAMS provides an educative, creative, and critical analysis around forced migration, which is based on profound poverty in the context of two worlds in tension: the north and the south.

Saturday, 2:30pm: Queer Migrations

bienvenida/welcome (yaya raiz) 7 minute, 2007
Intimately portrays the experiences of queer Latin American women entering U.S. borders.

Lunas de Pasion (Ines Morales y Susana Quiroz) 30 minutes, 2007
Lunas de Pasión documents the voices of lesbians in Mexico City and in Santa Cruz, California. The protagonists show us part of their reality and the ways in which they live, work, dream, and create as well as the ways in which they deal with guilt and prejudices, always striving to learn how to love freely.

márgenes íntimas/intimate margins (mónica enríquez-enríquez) 20 minute, 2007
By interweaving intimate conversations among lesbian migrant women, we reclaim political spaces in the margins.

Saturday, 4:00pm: Geographies of Space

Grounds 10M (Dolissa Medina) 10 minutes, 2000
"Grounds" is a personal experimental documentary that explores the scent of history and the organic texture of migratory memory. "Grounds" tells the story of the filmmaker's great-grandmother, who during the Mexican Revolution buried a coffee can with family treasures. The can was never found and became a lost ancestral time capsule. Drawing parallels to the past and present, the film explores how coffee grounds become a metaphor for the ancestral homeland of the immigrant.

pray ting i fly (Vanessa Huang) 2 minutes, 2007
pray ting ai fly is a meditation on borders, migration, memory, and survival; a love poem for family, earth, wind, and water; a prayer call for flight and transformation.

Bodies in Flight (Osa Hidalgo de la Riva) 3 minutes, 2008
Another rasquache-mujerista-mixed-media- movie. Found footage of bodies in flight across matrilineal olmeca space-time transformations. With the help of a predominantly kids crew, this playful piece is made with the 14th annual women of color film and video fiesta in heart and mind.

Untitled #1 4 minutes (Nao Bustamante)
In the spirit of collage filmmaking, Untitled #1 (from the series Earth People 2507) is an enchanting mediation on an ancient species from the future. Bustamante uses found footage, cell phone video and crude chroma-key effects to create a coherent and petite spell. The hilarious rendition of buffalos made from a "herd" of toy poodles tweaks at our understanding of the symbolic world. This is the first iteration of a larger work, which will be stored in a high security mine. The video will be archived in successor technology into perpetuity and "screened" in the year 2507.

I Reminisce (Veronica Majano) 3 minutes, 2004
Using archival images and a golden oldie, I Reminisce is a slow cruise through times, place and the people in San Francisco's Mission District.

Two Four (Veronica Majano) 2 minutes, 2002
As in 24th Street in San Francisco's Mission District, explores the fragile decay of memory.

Calle Chula (Veronica Majano) 12 minutes, 1998
Veronica Majano depicts the character of a street in the Mission District of San Francisco. This street is personified as a fifteen year old Salvadoran/Ohlone girl on a search to understand the changes brought on by colonization, dislocation, and more recently, gentrification. Tracing the history of the Mission from its first residents, the Ohlone Indians, Chula explores the effects of re-colonization on memory and memory loss. For Chula, memory loss is a birthmark that was passed down to her from her ancestors. Calle Chula is Majano's way of addressing the causes and consequences of cultural amnesia.
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Wednesday Mar 12th, 2008 4:11 PM

download pdf of festival, schedule & film listings here
http://www.ucscwocfilmfest.com/media/woc_film_fest.pdf