Film Fest This Week In Advance of the 2013 Conference “Body as Battleground: Why the Law Continues to Fail Women,”

If anyone has a free evening this week, the Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity is hosting a film festival at the Law School exploring realities faced by women in the United States.

This November, in advance of the 2013 conference “Body as Battleground:  Why the Law Continues to Fail Women,” the Conference on Race, Class, Gender & Ethnicity is partnering with Women in Law, the Domestic Violence Action Project, Child Action, the UNC Center for Media Law & Policy, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and the Lambda Law Students Association, to present a week long documentary film festival, showcasing award-winning films about contemporary legal issues that implicate women’s rights.  This festival will create opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to think critically about women’s issues as a lead-in to February’s conference.

Dinner will be provided at each screening.

Monday, Nov. 12 | Miss Representation
7-9pm, Room 5046, Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 13 | The Invisible War
7-9pm, Room 5048, Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 14 | A Sentence for Two
7-9pm, Room 5046, Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Thursday, Nov. 15 | Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria
7-9pm, Room 5046, Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Synopsis of  Miss Representation:

“Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.”


Synopsis of The Invisible War:

“From Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem-today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world.”


Synopsis of A Sentence for Two:

“Christina, Trisha and Kristin are pregnant inmates facing years behind bars in an Oregon prison. Tangerine has already been through it. These four women share their very personal details of pregnancy, incarceration and delivery as they struggle with the uncertain future of their newborns. The search for safe and healthy homes for their babies is agonizing as one plan after another falls apart. When it comes to placing their children, pregnant inmates have few options; foster care, family members or adoption. Only a small number of states have prison nurseries where inmates can keep their newborns with them. This documentary visits the nursery at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York where Dr. Mary Byrne of Columbia University conducted the first-ever research study on the development of babies during their first year of life in a prison environment. As the number of women in prison continues to rise, Dr. Byrne’s findings will have a big impact on the future of other states considering prison nurseries in their women’s facilities.”


Synopsis of Screaming Queens:  The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria:

“EMMY Award-winning Screaming Queens tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States – a 1966 riot in San Francisco’s impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn. Screaming Queens introduces viewers to street queens, cops and activist civil rights ministers who recall the riot and paint a vivid portrait of the wild transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco. Integrating the riot’s story into the broader fabric of American life, the documentary connects the event to urban renewal, anti-war activism, civil rights and sexual liberation. With enticing archival footage and period music, this unknown story is dramatically brought back to life.”



The Conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity (CRCGE) is a student organization affiliated with the UNC School of Law. Founded in 1996 by a group of UNC law students, the Conference was designed as an academic forum in which recent political and legal developments could be examined through a social justice perspective. The Conference is an annual event, usually held in early spring, drawing scholars and activists from across the state and the nation to address a topic chosen by the organization.

Women in Law (WIL) is a professional organization designed to promote relationships among women at UNC Law, other local law schools, and in the legal profession. We do this by hosting several events throughout the year, as well as taking advantage of opportunities to serve our community. Check out below for more information!

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is a national nonprofit network of law students and lawyers.  Our organization educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights.  Through education, advocacy and training opportunities, the LSRJ National Office ensures that law students at UNC are supported in their mission to fight for social justice during law school and beyond.

The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy is an interdisciplinary research center run jointly out of the UNC School of Law and UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  The center serves as a forum for study and debate about the broad array of media law and policy issues facing North Carolina, the nation, and the world. The center’s work ranges from the legal and policy issues affecting traditional media organizations to the challenges posed by new communication technologies, including social media, the Internet, and mobile technology, and the impact they are having on governments, on the economy, and on cultural and social values throughout the world.

Domestic Violence Action Project (DVAP) is a university-recognized student organization at the UNC School of Law that provides free legal representation to victims of domestic violence who are seeking a civil domestic violence protective order. DVAP also sponsors speakers and programs to educate the university community about domestic violence.

Child Action is a student organization at the School of Law devoted to recognizing the many legal needs of children, promoting child advocacy as a potential career path, and providing support to students who are interested in learning more about child advocacy law, current issues, and careers in the field.

The Lambda Law Students Association seeks to educate the Carolina Law community about the legal, political, and social issues facing the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community.

UNC Media Resources Center
UNC Graduate Student Professional Federation
UNC Law Student Activity Fee Fund