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Announcement :: Human Rights
The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein
24 Apr 2006
Free Screening: The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein
7pm, Wednesday, April 26, 2006

at the Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Ave (in the South End)

Directed by John Gianvito

Director will be present for the screening!!

Made over six years on a minsicule budget with a cast of nonprofessionals, The Mad Songs of Fernada Hussein melds fiction and documentary to examine the lasting ramifications of the 1991 Persian Gulf War on three characters in New Mexico. The Fernanda Hussein of the title is a Mexican American mother separated from her Arab husband whose children are targeted due to anti-Iraqi sentiments. Interwoven are two other stories, one following a young teenage boy, adrift in his anger, struggling to find a way to affect change; the other, the story of a returning veteran (portrayed by a Gulf war veteran) indelibly marked by what he’s witnessed and participated in.

β€œ My goal was to try to create a time-capsule of what it felt like to be in America during that period, to preserve as best possible the memories I had of that time, with the hope of encouraging reflection.” (John Gianvito)



Upcoming Films:


May 3 - Punishment Park (1971)
Directed by Peter Watkins

"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types across the desert in a type of capture the flag game. The soldiers vow not to interfere with the rebels' progress and merely shepherd them along to their destination. At that point, having obtained their goal, they will be released. The film crew's coverage is meant to insure that the military's intentions are honorable. As the representatives of the 60's counter-culture get nearer to passing this arbitrary test, the soldiers become increasingly hostile, attempting to force the hippies out of their pacifist behavior. A lot of this film appears improvised and in several scene real tempers seem to flare as some of the "acting" got overaggressive. This is a interesting exercise in situational ethics. The cinema-veritie style, hand-held camera, and ambiguous demands of the director - would the actors be able to maintain their roles given the hazing they were taking - pushed some to the brink. The cast's emotions are clearly on the surface. Unfortunately this film has gone completely underground and is next to impossible to find. It would offer a captivating document of the distrust that existed between soldiers willfully serving in the military and those persons who opposed the war peacefully.


May 10 – Love and Anarchy (1973)

Tells the story of a shy country peasant who goes to the city with a plan to assassinate Benito Mussolini. Shows how his underground contact in the network of anarchists offers him a hideout in her brothel where he meets a young prostitute and falls in love.


May 17- My Girlfriend Did It (1995)
Director Dawn West (40 min)

This powerful and sensitive video defines the dynamics of women's same-sex abusive relationships, and examines the impact of oppression when addressing woman-to-woman battering. Women who have been in abusive relationships tell their stories, and offer testimony about the unique situations faced by women with same sex partners. Their fear of coming out, their particular difficulty finding resources in rural areas, the harm done to family and friends as well as the abused woman are all discussed. Experts also talk about the need for community education, community resources, more research on the issue, and the profound need for support for women battered by women. This program was produced in 1995, but is still as needed and relevant as it was in the past.

After the film there will be a community talk back led by The Network/La Red: Ending abuse in lesbian, bisexual women, and transgender communities, a Massachusetts based social justice/social change organization dedicated to ending partner abuse. For more information about The Network/La Red or the free bilingual services they offer, visit www.thenetworklared.org.


June 28 - Toliet Training (2003)

A film by Tara Mateik and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (30 min)

The video addresses the persistent discrimination, harassment, and violence that people who transgress gender norms face in gender segregated bathrooms. Using the stories of people who have been harassed, arrested or beaten for trying to use bathrooms, Toilet Training focuses on bathroom access in public space, in schools, and at work.

Includes discussion of legal questions of equal access; the health effects associated with "holding it"; and the social consequences of experiencing pervasive discrimination in bathrooms and other gendered spaces. Interviews with lawyers, social workers and activists explore current law and policy, and highlight recent and future policy changes necessary to enable equal bathroom access for all. Concluding with examples of policy change, Toilet Training provides a necessary foundation to public education and organizing to address this overlooked issue.

After the film there will be a community talk back led by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. MTPC educates the public, lobby state and local government, encourage political activism, and empower community members through collective action. For more information visit www.masstpc.org.


Radical Film Night at the Lucy Parsons Center
Every Wednesday night at 7pm
Always Free


Questions-Comments about the film series, contact films(-at-)lucyparsons.org


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ABOUT LPC
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+++ Where are we?

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Telephone: 617.267.6272
Email: lucyparsons (at) tao.ca
Web: http://www.lucyparsons.org/

+++ Directions

By train/public transportation: Take the Orange Line to the Mass Ave. stop, or the Green "E" line to the Symphony stop. Walk south on Mass Ave for a minute or two. Go left onto Columbus Avenue for 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.

By bus:Take the #1 Dudley/Mass Ave bus to the corner of Columbus Avenue and Mass Ave. Walk east on Columbus Avenue 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.

By car, from Storrow Drive:Exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximatley five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.

From I-93 N or S:Take the Storrow Drive exit. Continue 1-2 minutes on Storrow and exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximatley five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.

+++ What are we?

The Lucy Parsons Center, Boston's collectively run radical bookstore features an extensive selection of radical books and magazines, internet access, space for talks and meetings, and free movies Wednesday nights. Located at 549 Columbus Avenue in the South End the store is just down from Mass Ave and easily reached from the Mass Ave and Symphony T stations and the #1 bus. Regular store hours Mon-Fri 12-9pm Weekends 12-6.

+++ Volunteer

Volunteering at LPC isn't just about donating your labor. All of the Lucy Parsons Center volunteers contribute to all aspects of running the store and can take part in all decisions in how it's run. If you know anything about grant writing, web design, or any other skills you think would be useful, or if you just want to be part of this great radical project, please email Pete at petestid (at) yahoo.com

+++ Use our space for radical stuff

One of the most important aspects of the Lucy Parsons Center is providing a community meeting place for radical activities. If you want to host an event, please send an email to Rebecca at rebeccabatchelder (at) yahoo.com. Make sure to give enough notice so that we can approve the event at our bimonthly meetings.

If you have a group that needs a space to have regular meetings, just come to the bookstore and fill out a space request form. Again, make sure to allow time for approval by the collective.

+++ Donate MONEY!

We need support to help ensure the Lucy Parsons Center continues to grow and be an important resource for the community. Donations can be made in the form of cash, check or credit cards. Please call the store for more info. If you don't have a lot, don't worry, even donating the change of your purchase can make a difference.


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