Film as activism and transformative praxis

Women Make Movies

Authored by: Debra Zimmerman

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138924956
eBook ISBN: 9781315684062
Adobe ISBN: 9781317408055

10.4324/9781315684062.ch27

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Abstract

Women Make Movies (WMM), the organization I have led since 1983, is one of the few feminist media organizations that remain active, of the many that were founded in the 1970s. It started as a neighborhood community project to train local women to make films and has grown into an internationally renowned distributor of films by and about women that has had a significant impact on the availability and study of global women’s media. As B. Ruby Rich wrote in a Camera Obscura dossier marking the organization’s fortieth anniversary,

Internationally, what WMM has been able to accomplish, by recognizing crucial figures from Kim Longinotto to Pratihba Parmar, is a branding of the organization as a global crossroads for a transnational feminist media. As such, WMM has been able to influence university curricula deeply.

(Rich 2013:160)

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