AIDS Video Activism: Women and Incarceration
A video program for "Metanoia"
Programmed by Katherine Cheairs & Alexandra Juhasz
Spanning several generations within the AIDS activist and related video movements, this series focuses upon the stories, activism and struggles of women, particularly Black women and women of color, who organized and become activists around injustices facing incarcerated women. At the heart of these videos is a deeply feminist commitment to freedom and a linked understanding that those on the inside are part of life on the outside, even if structural and penal forces work to deny them these connections. Questions of faith, race, gender, sexuality, what-could-be and the weight of systemic violence on all people permeate the work.
These videos honor the past and present of organizing work—its legacies, leaders and lessons—and offer insights into how activism of the not-so-distant past continues to inform contemporary movement work around incarceration. As part of the show “Metanoia,” the videos also represent with power, beauty and eloquence, the transformative power of AIDS, activism and archives for women of color, prisoners and their allies.
Featuring the following films:
I’m You, You’re Me: Women Surviving Prison, Living with AIDS
(Catherine Saalfield-Gund and Debra Levine, 1992): 28 mins
Blind Eye to Justice Directed and Edited by Carol Leigh
Produced by Cynthia Chandler (Women’s Positive Legal Action Network/ Justice NOW), 1998: 35 mins
(From the Center/ Margaret Rhee, Isela Ford, and Allyse Gray, 2011): 15 mins
Followed by a conversation with the filmmakers, moderated by Margaret Rhee
Monday, April 8, 2019