Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium



Just Films Series: Dreamcatcher

February 16, 2017   •   6:30PM  •  Chatham University

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For twenty-five years Brenda Myers-Powell called herself ‘Breezy’ and she dominated her world, or that’s what she thought. It was a world that had turned her into a teenage, drug-addicted prostitute. After a violent encounter with a ‘john,’ Brenda woke up in the hospital and decided to change her life. Today she is a beacon of hope and a pillar of strength for hundreds of women and girls as young as fourteen who want to change their own lives.

‘Dreamcatcher’ explores the cycle of neglect, violence and exploitation which each year leaves thousands upon thousands of girls and women feeling that prostitution is their only option to survive. By following the very charming, charismatic and truly empathic Brenda, we enter the lives of young women and see in verite footage their realities from their points of view. While the world may overlook these women and men, thankfully Brenda has not, providing an unflinching expose which contrasts seeming hopelessness against the difference that one person can make in the lives of many.

Film screening and panel discussion are free and open to the public.

Just Films Series: Trapped

January 19, 2017   •   6:30PM  •  Chatham University

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What remains of a woman’s right to choose?

U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open.

Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s groundbreaking 2016 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt gives hope that some of these restrictive state laws can be challenged. Trapped follows clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

Film screening and panel discussion are free and open to the public.

The Madwomen in the Attic presents Writers on Writing: Lolita Hernandez

October 25, 2016 • 3:30pm – 5:00pm • Carlow University

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