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Directed by Irene Lusztig

United States 2018 101 mins. In English

Very important in the latter half of the 20th century and into the 21st—but certainly not without its detractors—Ms. magazine has been crucial reading for generations of feminists, tackling big issues affecting women across the nation and worldwide. One of the most important sections of any magazine is the letter-to-the-editor page, and so from 2015 to 2017, Lusztig criss-crossed the US, asking women from myriad backgrounds to read aloud select letters from the years 1972 to 1980. The letters to Ms. are a mix of published and unpublished, celebratory and critical, eliciting these contemporary women’s often surprising inflections and reactions. Emerging from this ostensibly simple premise is a funny, spirited portrait of contemporary feminism, taking stock of both where the movement has been and where it’s moving into the future.

Genres: Documentary

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.