Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Women's Studies Hosts Sexism in Cinema Film Series

Jenae Fleming

January 27, 2016

The series will begin Feb. 3 with a showing of “Winter’s Bone.”

The Texas Tech University Women's Studies Program is sponsoring the Sexism in Cinema Film Series which will consider the ways in which sexism is embedded, endorsed and/or challenged in cinema.

Elizabeth Sharp
Elizabeth Sharp

Elizabeth Sharp, associate professor in the College of Human Sciences, said more than 500 people have enjoyed the film series since the series began in 2015.

“The purpose of the series is to promote critical engagement with popular films,” Sharp said. “The discussions of the film help create community and raise awareness about representations of men, women, race/ethnicity, sexuality, class, objectification and sexual violence.”

Each film features female protagonists to be viewed and discussed. The movies begin at 7 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse with a brief introduction. Following each showing, a discussion will be led by Texas Tech faculty members and special guest speakers.

The films are open to the public and admission is $3.

Spring 2016 film line-up:

Feb. 3: “Winter's Bone”

A fearless teenage girl encounters dangerous terrain as she hunts down her criminal father while trying to keep her family intact.

March 2: “The Color Purple”

A black southern woman struggles to find herself after suffering from years of abuse.

April 6: “Day of the Dead”

A group of military officers and scientists hide away in a bunker to survive the overrun world of zombies.

May 4: “Bridesmaids”

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid threatens to unravel the friendship of the bride and her maid of honor, an out-of-work pastry chef. 

The series is sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse, International Film Series, Texas Tech University Women's Studies, and Risk Intervention & Safety Education.