"Not a Film Fest: Anticolonial Conversations in Baltimore" explores the theme of social justice movements of the past and present that have largely been unrecognized or misrepresented. By crafting a program anchored in film, lively conversation, and debate, we aim to make clear the intimate (and sometimes problematic) connections between our national struggles and those that occur internationally. Our program includes a series of diverse events across Baltimore city that make clear the connections between liberation struggles - without regard to manufactured borders - and to inspire a local conversation of our deep commitment to justice and emancipation and its intersectional complexity through a global lens.
WOMEN IN RESISTANCE
Films: ¡Las Sandinistas! and Naila and the Uprising // Conversation
¡Las Sandinistas! uncovers the untold stories of women who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution and the ensuing US-backed Contra War. These same women continue as leaders in the struggle against their current government's suppression of democracy and women's rights. This film exposes a watershed moment in history when thousands of women transformed society’s definition of womanhood and leadership before facing renewed marginalization by their male peers after the conflicts ended. Today, 35 years later, amidst staggering levels of gender violence in Nicaragua, these same women brave the streets once again to lead popular movements for equality and democracy.
Naila and the Uprising
When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history – the First Intifada in the late 1980s.
Learn more about the full series of screenings here: https://www.notafilmfest.com
SUN NOV 10 | 2-6PM | FREE