FEMINIST CLASSIC: A Place of Rage + Poem about My Rights: June Jordan + panel discussion with Nazmia Jamal (Kali Films representative), Ikamara Larasi (Black feminist activist), and Veronica McKenzie (filmmaker, budding historian). Chaired by Dorett Jones (independent filmmaker, writer, cultural critic).
Poem about My Rights: June Jordan
Producers: Pratibha Parmar and Shaheen Haq / 2011 / 5 mins
Animated short of June Jordan reading her ‘Poem about My Rights’.
A Place of Rage
Director: Pratibha Parmar / 1991 / UK / Rating: PG / 54 mins
25th anniversary screening of the exuberant award-winning documentary by Pratibha Parmar. A celebration of African American women and their achievements, featuring interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan, and Alice Walker. Within the context of the civil rights, Black Power, and feminist movements, the film reassesses how women such as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionised American society and the world generally. This stirring chapter in African American history is highlighted by music from Prince, Janet Jackson, the Neville Brothers, and the Staple Singers. A Place of Rage made its debut in 1991 yet its content is still one of the richest and most cherished, especially the powerful poetry from the late June Jordan. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.
“I’ve been showing A Place of Rage in my classes on race, gender and sexuality in U.S. history for over a decade, and it always has a powerful impact. Mingling the words and images of activist and scholar Angela Davis, poet June Jordan and writer Alice Walker, the film makes a powerful case for the central place of African American women in creating a broadly imagined social justice movement – the kind of movement we need now, as desperately as ever” (Lisa Duggan, Professor, American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, USA)
“It’s one of the most teachable films I know … the film captures in powerful and passionate ways the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class and ability in ways that few films do” (Sivagami Subbaraman, Director LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown University, USA)
Best Historical Documentary, National Black Programming Consortium (1992)
Audience Award Feature Length Documentary, Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival (2007)