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APSU presents spring lineup in Feminist Film Series

The Womens Studies Program at Austin Peay State University, along with the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, announces the spring season lineup for the Feminist Film Series.

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 21; Calendar Girls on Tuesday, March 21; and Maria Full of Grace will be Tuesday, April 11.

All films, open to mature audiences, are shown at 7 p.m. in Harned Hall Room 245. Chocolate will be provided.
The Women's Studies Program at Austin Peay State University, along with the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, announces the spring season lineup for the Feminist Film Series.

“Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 21; “Calendar Girls” on Tuesday, March 21; and “Maria Full of Grace” will be Tuesday, April 11.

All films, open to mature audiences, are shown at 7 p.m. in Harned Hall Room 245. Chocolate will be provided.

“Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” is a biography that follows the career of Dorothy Dandridge (played by Halle Berry) through the early days from the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a best actress nomination in 1954 for “Carmen Jones,” to her demise from prescription drugs. The film also examines 1950s racism.

“Calendar Girls” is based on the true story of the women at the Rylstone Women's Institute in North Yorkshire, England. The group produces a calendar each year based around scenes of the Yorkshire dales. One year, the women decide to do an alternative calendar of themselves in the nude, hoping to sell a few hundred copies so they can buy new furniture for the waiting room of the local hospital.

“Maria Full of Grace” focuses on 17-year-old Maria (played by Catalina Sandino Moreno), who supports her family by working in floriculture in a small village in Colombia. She is fired and finds work as a drug mule, flying to the United States with 70 pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned.

For more information about the films, contact APSU's Women's Studies Office by telephone at (931) 221-6314. — Melony Leazer