'Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights'

Wednesday 17 Oct 2018, 16:30 - 18:00
Spoken Language
Aula B
International Institute of Social Studies
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Black civil rights demonstration - Reflections unheard

On 17 October, the International Institute of Social Studies will host a screening of the documentary 'Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights' by documentary maker Nevline Nnaji, in which she explores the black female contributions, difficulties and experiences in the Civil Rights movement in the United States.

As one of the most important movements of the 20th century, the Civil Rights movement initiated non-violent campaigns that secured the legal rights of African Americans that other Americans already had. As progressive as the movement was, it was also highly male dominated.

  • What was the role of black women in the Civil Rights movement?
  • Do societal movements have to be diverse in order to be successful?
  • What lessons can be learned for future female roles to create an inclusive society?

Black women's political marginalization

Through the personal stories of several former black female Civil Rights activists she uncovers the lesser-known story of black women’s political marginalization between the male-dominated Black Power movement, and the predominantly white and middle class Feminist movement during the 1960s and 70s.

The documentary also reveals how this marginalization led to the mobilization of black and other women of colour, raising awareness and the formation into a united Feminist movement.

Q&A and discussion

After the screening there will be a Q&A with the director Nevline Nnaji. The event will be moderated by Dr Kees Biekart,  Associate Professor in Political Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies.

About Nevline Nnaji

Nevline Nnaji is a film director, and multi-media artist from Northampton, MA. Her work focus on the internal struggles and transformative experiences of black female characters, using experimental and non-linear storytelling devices in film. Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights is her first feature-length documentary. Nnaji currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

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