The Bechdel Film Club screens and discusses new and classic films that pass the ‘Bechtel test'; a simple metric developed by cartoonist Alison Bechtel, which highlights the underrepresentation of women in film. The minimum criteria require that:
1. There are two women in the film, who both have names;
2. the two women talk to each other;
3. about something other than a man.
This week's movie is Where Do We Go Now, deirected by Nadine Labaki. In the film, Christians and Muslims lived peacefully together for years in this small Lebanese village, but animosities begin to build among the men as a result of slights and misunderstandings. The women of the village conspire to avert sectarian strife though a series of harebrained plans, none of which succeeds in slowing down the escalating spiral of violence. When tragedy strikes, the women find themselves driven to make a deeply personal sacrifice for the sake of peace.
Dinner will be provided.
Open to all undergraduate & graduate students, faculty and staff.