To honor Women’s “Herstory Month,” the UC San Diego Women’s Center will be hosting a screening of the documentaries This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer and Dignity & Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell followed by a discussion with the director of both documentaries, Robin Hamilton.
Filmmaker, journalist, and writer Hamilton will be staying after the screenings to host a discussion and answer questions regarding her films. One of her most notable achievements is winning a regional Emmy Award in 2013 for her documentary, The Dream Began Here, which showcases the historically overlooked influence of African Americans on Washington D.C. as well as their role in shaping the capital.
The night’s theme is “untold stories”—focusing on showcasing and highlighting how influential stories surrounding women of color do not often obtain the recognition they deserve. Released in 2015 and 2017 respectively, This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer and Dignity & Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell are two films which focus on the role of women in the 1960s civil rights movement while also highlighting themes such as feminism and civil disobedience. More specifically, the protagonists in both documentaries fight and advocate for women’s suffrage in a time of inequality.
This is one of many events that the Women’s Center is holding throughout March for Women’s “Herstory Month.” Information for the Center’s other events can be found on its website.
The screening is free and will be held on March 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Price Center Theater.
Amanda Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for The Triton.