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A Free Film Series Looking at the Lives, Issues Affecting Women

Escape the heat of August, and empower yourself with two days of films about the empowerment of women. These films will highlight a myriad of issues that affect women in the U.S. and across the globe.

The films are free and open to the public, and after each film their will be an opportunity for discussion. They will be screened in the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. on Saturday, August 15, and Sunday, August 22. The films are sponsored by ITVSChicago Foundation for Women, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Chicago Public Media.

From garment workers, to fire fighters, young teens, to daughters whose mothers are in prison, these films provide fascinating glimpses into the lives of women in America today. For more information, contact Naomi Walker, [ITVS] National Community Cinema Coordinator 773-677-9600

AUGUST 15 @ Noon


AUGUST 15 @ 2:30 pm


AUGUST 22 @ Noon


AUGUST 22 @ 2:30 PM

troop 1500 alternate

By Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar
(85 Minutes)

Documenting the lives, struggle and personal
transformation of three Latina garment factory workers
over a tumultuous three year period, MADE IN L.A. artfully
reveals the challenges facing immigrant workers and
explores the dramatic and complex impact of globalization
on the U.S. apparel industry and its largely immigrant

Discussion follows with representatives from
Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI),
Korean American Resource and Cultural Center
and Mujeres Latinas En Accion

By Anirban Roy
(54 Minutes)
They faced death threats on the job–some from the
men they worked alongside. With the story of Captain
Brenda Berkman of the Fire Department of New York at its
core, TAKING THE HEAT explores the history of
women firefighters in America and the price they paid to
serve their communities.

Discussion follows with representatives from
Women Employed , Chicago Women In Trades
and more.

By Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez
(57 Minutes)
From Tweety Bird to Bow Wow, double dutch to chat
rooms, Daddy’s girls to first deceptions, watch as Ariana,
Isha, Rosie and Esme let go of childhood and fumble-or
sprint-toward an uncertain future. This is puberty and for
each of these girls of color, it’s a whirlwind of change
and new choices.  Without flinching, GOING ON 13
enters their world as they negotiate the precious,
precarious moments between being a little girl and
becoming a young woman.
Discussion follows with representatives from
Alternatives, Inc., Girls in the Game and
Women and Girls Collective Action Network

TROOP 1500
By Ellen Spiro
(55 Minutes)

At the Gatesville Prison in Texas, a unique Girl Scout troop
unites daughters with mothers who have been convicted
of serious crimes. Facing steep sentences from the courts
and tough questions from their children, the mothers in
TROOP 1500 struggle to rebuild relationships with the
daughters who endure a childhood without them.
Discussion follows with representatives from
Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers,
Health And Medicine Policy Research Group
and Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & NW Indiana.

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