Irene Lusztig introduces her film Yours in Sisterhood
March 20, 2019 7pm
Location: Arey 5
The screening will be following by a Q&A
Irene Lustztig's documentary, Yours in Sisterhood, is a collective portrait of feminist conversation across four decades. Between 2015 and 2017, Lusztig invited hundreds of strangers in communities all over the US to read aloud and respond to letters from the 70s sent to the editor of Ms. Magazine–the ﬁrst mainstream feminist magazine in the US. The intimate, provocative, and sometimes heartbreaking conversations that emerge from these spontaneous performances make us think critically about the past, present, and future of feminism. Yours in Sisterhood is a collective portrait of feminism that is newly urgent in the aftermath of the 2016 election–a project that involves time travel, embodied listening, empathy, public discourse, and the lost art of letter writing.
Irene Lusztig is a ﬁlmmaker, visual artist, archival researcher, and amateur seamstress. Her ﬁlm and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings in order to reframe, recuperate, and reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Often beginning with rigorous research in archives, her work brings historical materials into conversation with the present day, inviting viewers to explore historical spaces as a way to contemplate larger questions of politics, ideology, and the production of personal, collective, and national memories. Much of her current work is centered on public feminism, language, and histories of women and women’s bodies, including her debut feature Reconstruction (2001) the feature length archival ﬁlm essay The Motherhood Archives (2013) and the ongoing web-based Worry Box Project (2011). She teaches ﬁlmmaking at UC Santa Cruz where she is Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media; she lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains.