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Strong Leads Docs: A Film Seminar for High School Girls

Strong Leads Docs: A Film Seminar for High School Girls is a five-part after-school seminar spotlighting documentary films about and made by women. A presentation of the Belcourt’s education and engagement program, Strong Leads will explore landmark and new documentary films made by women and featuring girls and women from a range of cultures and backgrounds.

We’ll feature five documentary films and follow with discussion and activities. Strong Lead sessions take place each Monday from Oct 22 to Nov 19 from 4 to 7:30pm. (Our 2nd floor Jackson Education and Engagement Space opens at 3:30pm for optional study time.)

Please note: Participation in Strong Leads is by application only and space is limited. It is offered at no cost to participants, but you must apply and be selected to attend. The seminar is designed for students only and is meant to be taken in its entirety (no single sessions). Application process is now closed.

Strong Leads Docs: About the Documentaries:

Mon, Oct 22: BALTIMORE RISING (Dir. Sonja Sohn, USA, 2017, 93 min, NR)

Mon, Oct 29: HARLAN COUNTY USA (Dir. Barbara Kopple, USA, 1976, 103 min, NR)

Mon, Nov 5: GOING ON 13 (Dir. Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Dawn Valadez, USA, 2008, 77 min, NR)

Mon, Nov 12: HILLBILLY (Dir. Sally Rubin and Ashley York, USA, 2018, 87 min, NR)

Mon, Nov 19: NEW YEAR BABY (Dir. Socheata Poeuv, USA, 2006, 80 min, PG)

This series features high-quality films designed to spark conversation about important issues. Because of that, some films contain adult situations, profanity, drug/alcohol use, nudity, sexual situations, and violence.

In the wake of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody, Baltimore was a city on the edge. Peaceful protests and destructive riots erupted in the immediate aftermath of Gray’s death, while the city waited to hear the fate of the six police officers involved in the incident, reflecting the deep divisions between authorities and the community -- and underscoring the urgent need for reconciliation. Directed by Sonja Sohn (one of the stars of the HBO series The Wire), the film follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together, even as the homicide rate hits record levels, and explores how to make change when change is hard.

Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning documentary classic is an electrifying look at a tense, year-long standoff between striking Kentucky coal miners and the union-busting corporation determined to squash them. It's a gut-punching chronicle not only of the men on the picket lines, but of their heroic wives, who are the indispensable driving force behind the struggle (just wait for the moment one pulls a pistol out of her bra). Synopsis courtesy of BAMcinématek

From Tweety Bird to Bow Wow, double dutch to chat rooms, Daddy’s girls to first deceptions, watch as Ariana, Isha, Rosie, and Esme let go of childhood and fumble — or sprint — toward an uncertain future. This is puberty, and for each of these girls of color, it’s a whirlwind of change and new choices. Without flinching, Going on 13 enters their world as they negotiate the precious, precarious moments between being a little girl and becoming a young woman.

HILLBILLY goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American "hillbilly," and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. Directed by Sally Rubin and Ashley York, the film uncovers a community of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, "Affrilachian" poets, and intersectional feminists -- all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region.

Born on Cambodian New Year in a Thai refugee camp, Socheata Poeuv never knew how she got there. She was raised in America in a seemingly normal American family. On Christmas Day of 2002, Socheata’s parents gathered the family to reveal a secret they had kept for more than 25 years. Soon after, Socheata journeys to Cambodia with her father to face the truth about her family and their experiences under the Khmer Rouge regime. She uncovers the family’s painful secrets, which also reveal great heroism.

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