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Stories of political and social upheaval are often accompanied with typical media images of suffering or violence. But the resulting displacement, whether physical or psychological, can be an experience both individual and collective.  People carry tradition and ritual across borders and time, but also within their own daily realities. How can such traumas, expressions of longing for a place that may not really exist, or even celebratory moments of finding home be represented? This third screening of Not Sorry: Feminist Experimental Film from the 1970s to Today pursues the general theme of home and how the female voice may call to it, reject it, or endure it. Included is Basma Alsharif’s Home Movies Gaza (2013), a view from a domestic space in one of the most contested territories in modern politics; Barbara McCullough’s Water Ritual #1, a film ambiguously set in a demolished area of Watts that through performance expresses Black women’s ongoing struggle for spiritual and psychological space; and Yau Ching’s in-camera edited Video Letters 1-3 (1993) that served as the nomadic Hong Kong video artist’s preferred mode of communication to the people she missed.

Pre-show playlist provided by XRAY.FM DJ Tex Clark.


Video Letters 1-3, Hong Kong, 1993 dir. Yau Ching (11 mins., digital)

Ciudad, Mujer, Ciudad, Mexico, 1985 dir. Pola Weiss Álvarez (15 mins., digital)

Home Movies Gaza, France/Palestine, 2013 dir. Basma Alsharif (24 mins., digital).

Now Eat My Script, Lebanon, 2014 dir. Mounira al Solh (25 mins., digital)

Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification, US, 1979 dir. Barbara McCullough (5 mins., 35mm)



* 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.