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The way in which national power structures have formed perceptions of the feminine and have historically included (or rather, excluded) women is not universal. One’s ability to interpret legacy or history can depend on class, access, nationality, and race. Equally, how women filmmakers experiment with media to examine either their own ancestral origins or highlight larger historical omissions is varied and framed by those lenses as well as by individual experience. Under a general theme of heritage, this program includes British-Nigerian Ngozi Onwurah’s seminal Coffee Coloured Children (1988), exploring in semi-autobiographical fashion the internalized effects of racism on mixed-raced children; Greenlandic-Danish artist Pia Arke’s simultaneous mourning and reclamation of Greenlandic Inuit land and the female Inuit body in Arctic Hysteria (1999); Hermine Freed’s playful restaging of the European art history canon in which the female looks back; and a reenactment of a suffragette’s violent protest action in Suffragette Slasher (2008) from local filmmaker and activist Julie Perini.


Filmmaker Julie Perini will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.
Pre-show playlist provided by XRAY.FM DJ Chelsea Starr.


Arctic Hysteria, Greenland/Denmark, 1999 dir. Pia Arke (6 mins., digital)

Coffee Coloured Children, Nigeria/UK, 1988 dir. Ngozi Onwurah (15 mins., 16mm)
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Athyrium filix-femina, Canada, 2016 dir. Kelly Egan (4 mins., 35mm)

Suffragette Slasher, US, 2008 dir. Julie Perini (3 mins., digital)

Art Herstory, US, 1974 dir. Hermine Freed (22 mins., digital)

Personal Cuts, Yugoslavia, 1982 dir. Sanja Iveković (3.5 mins., digital)

Popsicles, Chile, 1984 dir. Gloria Camiruaga (4.5 mins., digital)

We Need New Names, UK, 2015 dir. Onyeka Igwe (14 mins., digital)


* PSU Students with Current ID can get $5 rush tickets at the door. Box office opens 30 minutes prior to screening start time. *

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.