112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Women and Film I

Session Chair: 
Joi Carr, Pepperdine University
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
RCC Raincross D
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  1. Karen Roybal, University of New Mexico
    Salt of the Earth (1954) and Machete (2010) are films that take head-on the realities of racial, gender, and economic stratification. Yet, as this paper suggests, much like the political agenda of the U.S. Nation-state, they understate women as important social and political actors through their reliance on central male characters. 
  2. Jamie Rogers, University of California, Irvine
    This paper examines Cuba’s “golden age” of cinema, arguing that a raced and gendered system of power pervades representations of the revolutionary project, undermining its emancipatory aims. As a counterpoint, I turn to Sara Gomez’s De cierta manera, which I argue offers a model for a decolonial feminist film practice. 
  3. Andrew Harrington, Pepperdine University
    The series of documentary films Nine for IX, which ESPN produced in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the landmark Title IX legislation, represents a landmark in female representation in mainstream sports media while simultaneously showing the continued marginalization of females and female sports.
  4. Ashley Hamilton, California State University, San Bernardino
    The public debate regarding whether or not women are capable of being funny has been longstanding and is perpetuated through cinema. This project aims to analyze how Bridesmaids reverses that trajectory and challenges the assumption that women are inherently not funny. I will be arguing that although it has conventions that categorize it as a chick-flick, Bridesmaids acts as a feminist text as it offers a stereotypical male dimension that is typically not featured in movies marketed to women.
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