Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Please join us for GaIDI-WSRC's screening of "Nowhere to Call Home: The tale of a Tibetan migrant worker in Beijing" - cosponsored by our UNITWIN!

You are invited to GaIDI's February 1st event, a screening of Nowhere to Call Home: The tale of a Tibetan migrant worker in Beijing.

As announced by GaIDI (Gender and International Development Initiatives) of the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center:

Director Jocelyn Ford, an award-winning international filmmaker and journalist, will provide introductory commentary followed by a Q&A after the film.

Date: Thursday, February 1st
Place: Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall, 
Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC)
515 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM 

Shot in the slums of Beijing and a remote village in Tibet, the film offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the world of a Tibetan farmer, recently widowed, torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future. It follows the protagonist, after she flees to the capital with her six-year-old son, the only surviving heir to a Tibetan clan, as she contends with the racism Tibetans encounter. Along the way, the documentary challenges common Western stereotypes about Chinese and Tibetans, and reveals a dark side of life in a traditional village, where the saying goes, "women aren't worth a penny."

Translated into 11 languages, the verité-style documentary has garnered prestigious awards, including the NHK's prestigious 2015 Japan Foundation President's Award, a leading international award for educational documentaries, Italy's Trento Solidarity Award, and a special mention at Belgium's Millenium International Film Festival. It has also received acclaim from both Tibetans and Han Chinese in the People's Republic of China. In the US, the Nowhere to Call Home premiere sold out at the Museum of Modern Art, followed by full house screenings in San Francisco and Massachusetts. 

Poster of the film Nowhere to Call Home 

Please click on the following link to view the trailer of Nowhere to Call Home. Please spread the word. Looking forward to seeing you on Feb. 1st!

Sponsored by Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI) of the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC), and co-sponsored by the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & People-Centered Development at Boston University Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (WGS), and by Unbound Visual Arts (UVA), Inc. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

You are Invited: Michela West's Upcoming Exhibition "Power in Pink"

RECEPTION Feb. 3rd at 
Faneuil Branch Library Gallery

"Amy" taken by Michela West on the Bigelow St. side of the Faneuil Library, Oak Sq., Brighton  
"Power in Pink" Exhibition
Photographs by Michela West 
Artist's Reception
Saturday Feb. 3, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Faneuil Branch/Boston Public Library
Oak Sq., 419 Faneuil St., Brighton, 02135

"Power in Pink" is inspired by the Women's March of January 2017. Michela photographed over 200 dancers in settings across metropolitan Boston. The intent is to underscore the strength, both physical and spiritual, of the women in the photographs. The exhibition will be on view from January 25th through March 3rd.

Michela, center, with two of the dancers at
her Mass Motion Solo Exhibit
Photo: Brenda Gael McSweeney

Michela West is a Boston-based freelance photographer. Her recent solo exhibits include the "Pop Up" Exhibition of Dance Photography at Mass Motion in Brighton (May 2016) and "figuratively" at the Harbor Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Boston (Sept.-Oct. 2016). Michela serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Faneuil Branch Library, Oak Square, Brighton, Massachusetts.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Faneuil Branch Library (an Affiliate of UNESCO/UNITWIN); Cosponsored by Boston University's UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & Development, and by Brandeis University's GaIDI (Gender and International Development Initiatives of the Women's Studies Research Center)