Set in a post-revolutionary US, a diverse coalition of women emerges to blow the System apart after the Black radical founder of the Woman’s Army is mysteriously killed. Underground feminist djs, vigilante bike patrols and musical numbers converge in this complex futurist “comedy.” The screening of BORN IN FLAMES (Lizzie Borden, 1983) will be followed by conversation with film critic, curator, and advocate B. Ruby Rich and multimedia artist Ytasha Womack.
B. Ruby Rich is an American scholar, critic of independent, Latin American, documentary, feminist, and queer films, and a professor of Film & Digital Media and Social Documentation at UC Santa Cruz. Among her many contributions, she is known for coining the term New Queer Cinema. She is currently the editor of Film Quarterly, the scholarly film journal published by University of California Press. She is the author of New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut and Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement, which will be available for purchase on site.
Ytasha L. Womack is a producer, director, author, and innovator. She is author of several books including the critically acclaimed Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture, which will be available for purchase on site. Her films include Love Shorts and The Engagement, which was nominated for Best Film at the American Black Film Festival. A Chicago native, she recently co-founded Afrofuturism849 to host discussions and events in Afrofuturism.
This event is part 3 of Ripples and Waves, 4-part a series of programs observing the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective Statement, the radical articulation of the tenets and goals of a truly revolutionary Black feminist theory and praxis. Presented in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and the fall Reproduction of Race & Racial Ideologies Workshop series, “From Combahee to #BlackLivesMatter: Exploring a History of Black Politics and Culture,” with support from the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at UChicago.