A new issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom, an online, open-access journal of films reviews, lesson plans, and other essays, has just been published. This issue marks the first to be published under the auspices of the Department of Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University and the editorship of Agatha Beins. FFC, which was formerly housed in the Rutgers-based editorial office of Signs, publishes film reviews that provide a critical assessment of the value of films as pedagogical tools in the feminist classroom. Special features, such as interviews with filmmakers, reviews of film festivals, and discussions about pedagogy are included to further promote engagement and discussion. FFC endeavors to serve as a dynamic resource for educators and librarians and to enhance feminist curricula, bringing film into the classroom through thought-provoking, relevant, and dynamic content.
Among the films featured in the new issue, several challenge viewers to rethink the labels we use to frame gender through discourses about the categories of intersex, transgender, and transsexual. Reviews also offer transnational perspectives regarding issues such as democracy, economy, sex trafficking, military violence, and reproductive justice. In addition to film reviews, this issue features two lesson plans that draw on different textual and visual media as well as a film festival review. Some of the films reviewed in this issue are The City Dark, We Women Warriors, The Price of Sex, Voices Unveiled: Turkish Women Who Dare, The Abortion Diaries, Egypt: We are Watching You, Women of Faith: Women of the Catholic Church Speak, The Punk Singer, and The Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash.
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