Housatonic Museum of Art is celebrating Women’s History Month with a collection of online documentary films that explore the messages women receive, the pressures they face and those fighting for women’s rights in America. The free films, organized by Connecticut Film Festival, will run from Sunday, March 21 through Thursday, March 25. All begin at 7 p.m. on the date indicated and will remain available for viewing for an additional seven days.
“While March is a time to honor women’s contributions and recognize their achievements, it is also a time to examine the issues women throughout this country have faced and continue to encounter. These extraordinary films provide that opportunity,” said Robbin Zella, director of the museum.
The films include “The Souls of Black Girls” (March 21), which explores how media images of beauty undercut the self-esteem of African-American women; “Beauty Mark, Body Image & the Race for Perfection” (March 22), Diane Israel’s take on American culture’s unhealthy preoccupation with thinness, beauty and physical perfection; “Girls: Moving Beyond Myth” (March 23), Susan Macmillian’s documentary about the tension between our idea of girlhood and the choices girls face in the real world; “Trapped” (March 24), a look at the fight to keep U.S. reproductive health clinics open; and “Equal Means Equal” (March 25), actress-activist Patricia Arquette’s consideration of how women are treated in the United States today.
Following “Equal Means Equal,” there will be a Q&A with its director, Kamala Lopez.
For more, including film links, visit museum.housatonic.edu/womens-history.