Film Festival – Women’s History Month

March 20-22 | 3-6 p.m. | CB 111

Celebrate Women’s History Month with six fabulous films over three days…plus trivia and prizes between screenings! From gender-bending Civil War spies to the first black woman to run for president to the Minnesota woman who filed the first successful sexual harassment case in the U.S., let the stories of these diverse women rabble-rousers who fought for and achieved change inspire you to do the same! Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by MSUM Women’s Center, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, and IFO.


TUESDAY, MARCH 20 – Breaking Race & Gender Barriers

  • 3:00-4:30 p.m. Chisolm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed
    A documentary about our nation’s pioneering first black woman to run for president, Shirley Chisolm.
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. Rebel: Loreta Vasquez
    The remarkable story of a Cuban-American woman who dressed as a man to become a Civil War soldier and spy.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 –Speaking Out Before #metoo

  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. Fearless – Stories from Asian Women: “The Price of Freedom”
    Hear from Bangledeshi poet and human rights activist Taslima Nasrin, whose outspokenness led religious leaders to put a price on her head.
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. North Country
    This fictionalized account, starring Charlize Theron, depicts the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S and the Minnesota woman, Lois Jenson, who filed it.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 – Protecting Their Communities

  • 3:00-4:30 p.m. Political Animals
    The award winning documentary about four lawmakers—all women—who took the fight for LGBTQ rights from the streets into the halls of government to fight for change.
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. Apache 8
    This award-winning short film tells the story of the all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe who have been fighting fires for over 30 years.