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  • Getting Strong: Self Defense For Women

    In the early 1970’s Chicago’s Loop Center YWCA implemented a variety of anti-rape programs to combat societal beliefs and institutional practices that negatively impacted women. Self defense for women was one of these programs. In this video, comments by men, women and interviews with women self-defense instructors, Carol Whiteside, Sue Gould and Andra Medea, document prevailing attitudes about women’s ability to defend themselves from physical attack. The video shows techniques taught in the women’s self-defense classes at the Loop YWCA. Continue reading

  • Women Working: Pioneers in Carpentry

    Jobs in construction carpentry and cabinet making, and the good pay derived them, traditionally have been the domain of men. This video gives a first-hand look at carpentry apprenticeship as experienced by some of the first women to enter these trades in the 1970’s. The camera follows women carpenters at work on job sites including a high-rise under construction, a carpentry shop at a sewer project and in a production cabinet shop. They talk about the training they receive, the working conditions, the kinds of responses they get from male co-workers and the benefits derived from their support-group, Chicago Women Carpenters. Produced by Audrey Denecke for the Women’s Pre-Apprenticeship Project, Midwest Women’s Center, Chicago. Certificate of Merit, Chicago International Film Festival, 1981. Continue reading

  • La Maestra: Maria Luisa Michel Almonte

    Maria Almonte immigrated from Mexico to Chicago’s Pilsen–Little Village neighborhood in 1950. An
    artist/teacher, she supported her family from her flower shop business and became a leader in the
    educational and cultural life of the community. She taught traditional arts, crafts, and practical skills

    like dress-making in settlement houses, in community workshops and in her own studio. At the age of
    70 she continued to teach and act on her belief that artistic expression is a powerful tool for
    developing cultural identity and individual self-esteem. The video shows Ms. Almonte in community-
    sponsored workshops teaching neighborhood residents how to make traditional cut-paper ornaments
    and how to design clothing. In the hall of a local church her students model their creations and receive
    recognition. Produced, directed and edited by Eleanor Boyer and Karen Peugh. Partially funded by
    the Illinois Arts Council and the Center for New Television with a Joyce Foundation grant.
    Gold Can Award, Chicago Access Corporation, 1986; Certificate of Merit, Chicago International
    Film Festival, 1984
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  • Rosana Leicht Speaks

    Rosina Leicht recounts the events she and her family experienced being forced from their home in the midst of the political chaos and violence of WWII. She describes their flight by horse-drawn wagon from their small village of Lowas, Yugoslavia to avoid advancing Russian forces. Sheltering in Austria, first on a farm and then in a displaced persons camp, they immigrated to the US. in 1956. There, with determination and hard work, she and her husband created a secure life for themselves and their three children. Continue reading

  • Turning a Corner (press promo)

    Turning a Corner tells the stories of people involved in the sex trade and their efforts to raise public awareness of systemic injustice and promote needed reforms. Created in a media activism workshop with over a dozen members of Prostitution Alternatives Round Table (PART), this groundbreaking film recounts their survival and triumph over homelessness, violence and discrimination, and gives rare insights into Chicago’s sex trade industry. The new version includes interview updates with many of the participants from the original film.

    Through Beyondmedia’s Women and Prison program, incarcerated women and girls, former prisoners and their families use media arts to voice their stories, promoting public dialogue, healing and community organizing. Since 1997, Beyondmedia has collaborated extensively with women and girls in prison and after their incarceration to create interdisciplinary, multimedia educational forums on women and prison. Continue reading

  • Turning a Corner

    Turning a Corner

    Turning a Corner tells the stories of people involved in the sex trade and their efforts to raise public awareness of systemic injustice and promote needed reforms. Created in a media activism workshop with over a dozen members of Prostitution Alternatives Round Table (PART), this groundbreaking film recounts their survival and triumph over homelessness, violence and discrimination, and gives rare insights into Chicago’s sex trade industry. The new version includes interview updates with many of the participants from the original film.

    Through Beyondmedia’s Women and Prison program, incarcerated women and girls, former prisoners and their families use media arts to voice their stories, promoting public dialogue, healing and community organizing. Since 1997, Beyondmedia has collaborated extensively with women and girls in prison and after their incarceration to create interdisciplinary, multimedia educational forums on women and prison. Continue reading

  • ’63 Boycott raw: Timuel Black Interview

    ’63 Boycott raw: Timuel Black Interview

    Camera original footage shot for the documentary ’63 Boycott from Kartemquin Films. ’63 Boycott is a thirty-minute documentary and web project highlighting the stories of participants in the 1963 Chicago Public School (CPS) Boycott (also known as Freedom Day). One of the largest Civil Rights demonstrations in the city’s history, on October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups, local activists, and 250,000 students staged a mass boycott and demonstration against the Chicago Board of Education to protest racial segregation and inadequate resources for Black students. This interview features Timuel Black, a long-time Civil Rights activist, educator, and historian of African-American history. In the 1960s Black served as an adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr. and led the Chicago contingent to the 1963 March on Washington. Continue reading

  • ’63 Boycott raw: Ralph Davis Interview

    ’63 Boycott raw: Ralph Davis Interview

    Camera original footage shot for the documentary ’63 Boycott from Kartemquin Films. ’63 Boycott is a thirty-minute documentary and web project highlighting the stories of participants in the 1963 Chicago Public School (CPS) Boycott (also known as Freedom Day). One of the largest Civil Rights demonstrations in the city’s history, on October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups, local activists, and 250,000 students staged a mass boycott and demonstration against the Chicago Board of Education to protest racial segregation and inadequate resources for Black students. This interview features Ralph Davis, a student who was interviewed in the original film shot by Gordon Quinn during the 1963 boycott. Continue reading

 
 
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