PCC Cascade’s Moriarty Arts & Humanities Bldg, Room 104, 705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

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Monday
Apr
25
2016
Monday, April 25, 2016 from 7-8:30pm
7-8:30pm
Portland Women in Art Lecture Series presents Ellen Lesperance on, "The Strong, Star-Bright Companions." The lecture is to take place at the Moriarty Arts Humanities Building on the Portland Community College Cascade Campus. Ellen Lesperance’s work pays tribute to direct action campaigns and feminist activism. Lesperance's paintings are based on knit garments worn by women involved in protests, sit-ins, demonstrations, and civil disobedience. She meticulously paints the patterns of these “knitted messages,” that function much like other forms of creative direct action such as picket signs, banners, street theater, body painting, and costumes. Pattern, shape, and symmetry emerge in the artist's highly detailed compositions that merge abstraction with figuration. By translating and transforming such source material into something abstract and universal, the works speak to participation and protest as being not radical, but essential and personal. They also create a political lineage, capturing the potential of past events to inspire future action through translated and coded symbols. Ellen Lesperance’s work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Seattle Art Museum, the Drawing Center, New York, and in the People's Biennial (traveling). Lesperance’s work is represented in the following public collections: the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Art and Design; the Portland Art Museum; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and at the Kadist Art Foundation. Lesperance has been honored with the northwest regional Betty Bowen Award, a Ford Family Fellowship in the Arts, the 2015 Individual Artists RACC Fellowship, an Art Matters! Grant, a Robert Rauschenberg "Artist-as-Activist" Travel Grant, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. She received her MFA from Rutgers University in 1999 and has received residencies at the Skowhegan School; the MacDowell Colony; the Djerassi Foundation; and the Atlantic Center. Her work has been featured in AnOther, Art in America, ArtUS, Art Monthly, Cura, GARAGE, Guernica, Intercourse, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Oregonian, and Tema Celeste.
Saturday
Mar
5
2016
Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-8:30pm
FLOWER GIRL Closing Night Directed by Michelle Bello Nigeria, 2013 , 79 min. This romantic comedy film, set and shot in Lagos, Nigeria, tells the story of Kemi, who works in her parents’ flower shop and is dying to get married to her long-time lawyer boyfriend Umar. Umar, however, is interested only in work and getting ahead in his career. When he finally gets the promotion he’s worked so long and hard for, instead of proposing marriage to Kemi as promised, he breaks up with her. Completely distraught, Kemi steps into traffic and is hit by a car. The driver turns out to be Tunde Kulani, the famous Nollywood movie star, who agrees to help Kemi get Umar back on his knees proposing to her. In English. Not suitable for children.
Friday
Mar
4
2016
Friday, March 4, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
SHORTS BY SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS Women Filmmakers Week UNOMALANGA AND THE WITCH Directed by Palesa Shingle, 2014, 27min. Newly married, Nomalanga and her husband move into a small neighborhood. Her neighbors pique her curiosity when they gossip about the recently widowed woman who lives across the street, who is rumored to have used dark powers to kill her husband. Being an outsider herself, Nomalanga visits the widow and soon finds herself drawn to the mysterious woman. Winner of the Best Short South African Film at the 2015 Durban International Film Festival. In Xhosa with English subtitles. Not suitable for children. THE FALL OF GANESH Directed by Sheetal Megan, 2015, 24min. Amira hosts a Diwali dinner in order to mark a turning point in her life and announce her engagement to her family and friends. For an Indian woman, hosting a Diwali function is a rite of passage signifying womanhood. The dinner leads to a host of unexpected conflicts that culminate in an “explosive” confrontation. In English. Not suitable for children. EVELYN AND TAPIWA Directed by Samantha Nel, 2014, 20 min. Evelyn is an old domestic worker whose strength is failing. An accident forces her out of her job and she finds herself training her replacement, Tapiwa. As Tapiwa settles in, Evelyn prepares herself for a new life outside of domestic work. In English. Not suitable for children. THE INITIATE Directed by Keitumetsi Qhali, 2015, 24 min. Rethabile, a young ambitious college girl, finds out days before her traditional Sotho coming-of-age ceremony that she is pregnant. A series of disastrous and hilarious events unfold as she tries to keep the secret from her father. The risk of partaking in the Sotho ceremony will shame her father and her family, but she must attend. Will she keep the child, or will she keep the secret long enough to realize what it takes to be a woman? In Sotho with English subtitles. Not suitable for children.
Thursday
Mar
3
2016
Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
PIRATES OF SALÉ Thursday Evening Documentary Films Directed by Merieme Addou and Rosa Rogers Morocco, 2014 , 79 min. Women Filmmakers Week – Thursday Evening Documentary Films Salé, a city on Morocco’s coast, was once famed as a pirate stronghold. Today it houses the country’s first professional circus, Cirque Shems’y, and its circus training school that caters to the country’s underprivileged youth. The film follows four teens in various stages of artistic development through their auditions, training and performance. It’s a tough journey of transformation as they learn to live independently, express themselves, challenge convention and embrace a totally alien concept: artistic freedom. In Arabic and French with English subtitles. Not suitable for children.
Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 2:15-3:30pm
2:15-3:30pm
FLOWER GIRL Directed by Michelle Bello Nigeria, 2013 , 79 min. This romantic comedy film, set and shot in Lagos, Nigeria, tells the story of Kemi, who works in her parents’ flower shop and is dying to get married to her long-time lawyer boyfriend Umar. Umar, however, is interested only in work and getting ahead in his career. When he finally gets the promotion he’s worked so long and hard for, instead of proposing marriage to Kemi as promised, he breaks up with her. Completely distraught, Kemi steps into traffic and is hit by a car. The driver turns out to be Tunde Kulani, the famous Nollywood movie star, who agrees to help Kemi get Umar back on his knees proposing to her. In English. Not suitable for children.
Thursday, March 3, 2016 from noon-2pm
noon-2pm
SHORTS BY SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS Women Filmmakers Week UNOMALANGA AND THE WITCH Directed by Palesa Shingle, 2014, 27min. Newly married, Nomalanga and her husband move into a small neighborhood. Her neighbors pique her curiosity when they gossip about the recently widowed woman who lives across the street, who is rumored to have used dark powers to kill her husband. Being an outsider herself, Nomalanga visits the widow and soon finds herself drawn to the mysterious woman. Winner of the Best Short South African Film at the 2015 Durban International Film Festival. In Xhosa with English subtitles. Not suitable for children. THE FALL OF GANESH Directed by Sheetal Megan, 2015, 24min. Amira hosts a Diwali dinner in order to mark a turning point in her life and announce her engagement to her family and friends. For an Indian woman, hosting a Diwali function is a rite of passage signifying womanhood. The dinner leads to a host of unexpected conflicts that culminate in an “explosive” confrontation. In English. Not suitable for children. EVELYN AND TAPIWA Directed by Samantha Nel, 2014, 20 min. Evelyn is an old domestic worker whose strength is failing. An accident forces her out of her job and she finds herself training her replacement, Tapiwa. As Tapiwa settles in, Evelyn prepares herself for a new life outside of domestic work. In English. Not suitable for children. THE INITIATE Directed by Keitumetsi Qhali, 2015, 24 min. Rethabile, a young ambitious college girl, finds out days before her traditional Sotho coming-of-age ceremony that she is pregnant. A series of disastrous and hilarious events unfold as she tries to keep the secret from her father. The risk of partaking in the Sotho ceremony will shame her father and her family, but she must attend. Will she keep the child, or will she keep the secret long enough to realize what it takes to be a woman? In Sotho with English subtitles. Not suitable for children.
Saturday
Feb
27
2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
STORIES OF OUR LIVES Directed by Jim Chuchu Kenya, 2014 , 62 min. Two high school girls are in trouble for their “peculiar” relationship; a young DVD seller enters a clandestine gay bar, hoping his homophobic friend doesn’t find out about it; a farmhand is tormented when his crush starts courting a woman; a young man is about to live out his dream of having sex with a white man (note: the scene is tastefully filmed and is not explicit); and a woman dreams of living with her partner somewhere where anti-gay laws don’t exist. These are the stories that were told by Kenyans who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex and now comprise this beautifully rendered anthology film. Stories of Our Lives started out as an archival project by the multi-disciplinary NEST Collective, who turned the testimonies given into five funny, endearing and sometimes heartbreaking vignettes. Unfortunately, but predictably, the Kenyan government banned the film on the grounds of promoting homosexuality. In Swahili and English with English subtitles. Not suitable for children.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 2-3:30pm
2-3:30pm
KIRIKOU AND THE MEN AND THE WOMEN Family Fest Matinee hosted by Baba Wagué Diakité of Mali Directed by Michel Ocelot France, West Africa, 2012 , 88 min. Family Fest Matinee hosted by Baba Wagué Diakité of Mali Join us for a fun-filled afternoon with storytelling by Wague, a free raffle for books and dvds, and a new animated film about our favorite hero Kirikou! French animator Michel Ocelot created this captivating third installment of the adventures of the mischievous and heroic Kirikou. Based loosely on West African fables, the film tells five stories of ingenuity and courage, as the tiny but fearless crusader saves his village from foes both natural and supernatural. Wise parables are told by combining classic hand-drawn animation with cutting edge computer techniques. This beautiful film is funny, clever, cunning, and buoyed by an exuberant musical soundtrack featuring the voice of superstar Angélique Kidjo. An absolute delight for the whole family. In French with English subtitles.
Friday
Feb
26
2016
Friday, February 26, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
LAMB Directed by Yared Zeleke Ethiopia, 2015 , 94 min. Ephraim is a young Ethiopian boy, a farmer’s son whose mother has died. His father leaves him and his pet sheep in the care of distant relatives who live far from their home region. His uncle soon learns that Ephraim is not good at farm work but has a talent for cooking, something he highly disapproves of in a boy. When his uncle tells him they have to sacrifice his sheep for the next religious feast, Ephraim will do anything to save his best friend and return home safely with him. The film’s gorgeous cinematography showcases Ethiopia’s spectacular Bale Mountains, the people and their everyday way of life. Lamb premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and has the honor of being the first Ethiopian film selected to show at Cannes. In Amharic with English subtitles.
Thursday
Feb
25
2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
LES PETITS CHATS Thursday Evening Documentary Films Directed by Sherif Nakhla Egypt, 2014 , 80 min. Thursday Evening Documentary Films Sherif Nakhla’s documentary takes viewers back to Egypt’s “Golden Age” of the 60s and 70s where crowds in the thousands danced the night away to legendary Egyptian cover band Les Petits Chats. Singing American and European hits to packed nightclubs and walking the streets like “seven Elvises”, band members navigate music and fame through wars, protests and a drastically shifting cultural and political landscape. Although they took different paths after the band’s breakup in the 80s, in 2009 they were brought together for one final concert. Six members, all major celebrities and musicians now, play to a packed house of people nostalgic for better times and looking for an escape to the conditions of pre-revolution Egypt. The band leader Wagdi Francis’s niece (and new CFAF coordinator) Tracy Francis will lead the post-film discussion. In Arabic with English subtitles. Not suitable for children.