The Just Films series embarks on its second season of films. The Women and Girls Foundation, Chatham University’s Women’s Institute, and Women’s Law Project will join new partners and cosponsors Gwen’s Girls and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh to inspire, challenge, and move the Pittsburgh’s community into action.
The films deal with gender through a variety of intersectional perspectives, such as the judicial system, rape culture, veterans, sports, and LGBT experiences in communities of color. To fully explore these topics, the series offers a panel discussion led by experts– filmmakers, academics, policymakers, spoken word artists– directly after each film, through which attendees can unpack these complex social issues.
Just Films will screen a new documentary each month from September 2017 to April 2018. All films are free to the public. Films in the series narrate the experience of various women, and most of these films have been produce and created by women. Most of the films are created by women.
The full 2017-2018 series will feature:
- Audrie and Daisy examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera.
- Southwest of Salem details four Latina lesbians’ fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor when wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witchhunt era of the 80s and 90s.
- Major! chronicles the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 75 year old Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.
- The Peace Agency features the progress of The Women’s School, a grassroots interfaith women’s education campaign turning “conflict victims” into empowered agents for peace and justice in Poso, Indonesia.
- Birthright: A War Story explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.
- T-Rex is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom ClaressaShields, who was just 17 years old when she won the Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012.
- The Revival: Women and the World chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color.
- Served Like A Girl is a look at five female veterans as they compete in Ms. Veteran America, where they band together in hopes of helping the 55,000 homeless women veterans, while battling their histories which involve PTSD, divorce, serious illness and military sexual abuse.
For more information about Just Films and to subscribe to the series, visit https://justfilmspgh.org/.