Black Women and Violence Film Series (2016)
The film series emerges in response to the brutal, high profile police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, and other unarmed African American men and boys that have enraged and galvanized communities across the U.S. and around the world to call for change. Within this call to action, the destructive impact of unjust policing on women and girls has been largely overlooked. The result is inadequate analysis of the broad spectrum of harm caused by the current models of policing and reduced opportunities to develop comprehensive and effective solutions.
The Matter is Life: Black Women and Violence Film Series seeks to educate students and the wider Lansing community about the unequal treatment of women by the law, and engage them in critical and creative organizing to mobilize for change. Workshops, seminars and opportunities to attend and participate in experiential learning opportunities (films, plays) will educate students, faculty, staff, local and national stakeholders about the importance of incorporating a gendered as well as a racialized analytical lens on the problem of policing and law enforcement.
Co-directed by Lisa Biggs and Terrion Williamson, with assistance from graduate coordinator Kris Rowe.
CRIME AFTER CRIME
January 29, 2016
TREASURE: FROM TRAGEDY TO TRANSJUSTICE -- MAPPING A DETROIT STORY
With workshops with filmmaker dream hampton and activist Emani Love (March 2016)
OUT IN THE NIGHT
Thursday, April 21
In conjunction with the MSU Film Collective
B122 Wells Hall, MSU, 619 Red Cedar, East Lansing, MI
Renata, Patreese, Verniece and Terrain were walking in the gay-friendly West Village neighborhood in New York City when an older man sexually and violently confronted them. Strangers jumped in to defend the women, who were all Black lesbians, but the fight escalated. As it came to an end, all got up and walked away. But 911 had been called and the man involved had a puncture wound from a knife Patreese used to defend herself and the others. Police swarmed to the scene as their radios blasted out warning of a gang attack. The women were rounded up and charged with gang assault, assault and attempted murder. Through the lives of these four young women, Out in the Night reveals how their race, gender identity and sexuality became criminalized in the mainstream news media and criminal legal system.