Film Series

20th Century Women

Mondays at 7pm, unless otherwise indicated

Images Cinema

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. In celebration of that historic expansion of voting rights, Images Cinema is presenting a series of films about women’s activism and advocacy from then until today. January through May 2020 Images will present both narrative and documentary films that highlight woman activist stories. Each film is paired with a woman activist guest speaker or speakers.

Regular admission prices apply unless otherwise noted.

5415

We Are the Radical Monarchs

Guest Speaker: Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton via skype

Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of social justice movements, We Are the Radical Monarchs documents the Radical Monarchs, an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of color, aged 8-13. Its members earn badges for completing units on social justice, being an LGBTQ ally, the environment, and disability justice. The group was started by two queer women of color, and their work is anchored in the belief that adolescent girls of color need dedicated spaces and that the foundation for this innovative work must also be rooted in fierce inter-dependent sisterhood, self-love, and hope.

  • Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton
  • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

5420

One Woman, One Vote

Starring: Narrated by Susan Sarandon

Guest Speaker: Bette Craig, The Northern Berkshire Suffrage Centennial Coalition

Admission is free.

This PBS documentary is a sweeping look at the women’s suffrage movement, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s famous Seneca Falls call to arms to the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women voting rights. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, the documentary features historical photos and video clips of the suffrage movement, as well as a number of historians who provide needed context. The film also delves into the deep divisions within the suffrage movement.

  • Runtime: 2 hours
  • Genre: Documentary

“Inspiring without being rhapsodic. It tells as much about the exigencies of American politics as about the heroism of three generations of American women.”

– New York Times

5423

Erin Brockovich

Starring: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart

Guest Speaker: Joya Sonnenfeldt, Natural Resources Defense Council

Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her portrayal of real-life super hero Erin Brockovich. Desperate for a job to support herself and her three children, Erin convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation polluting a community’s water. Erin is determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. Ed doesn't want anything to do with the case, but Erin won't take "no" for an answer. So the two begin an incredible, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hour 12 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“From the opening to the perfect final shot, Julia Roberts is in nearly every scene of Erin Brockovich, and there isn't a second when we're not on her side.”

– Salon.com

5430

Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed

Starring: Shirley Chisholm, Walter Cronkite, George Wallace

Guest Speaker: Barbara Winslow, founder and director emerita of the Shirley Chisholm Project. She will have copies of her book Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Images Cinema.

Winner of a Peabody Award and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, this powerful documentary follows the career of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman ever to run for President of the United States. A teacher in Harlem, Chisholm had a passion for progress, which brought her to local politics, then a seat in Congress, and ultimately a run for the presidency in 1972. With archival footage and contemporary interviews, including with Walter Cronkite, George Wallace, and Chisholm herself, this provocative film is a testament to Chisholm’s “sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo”.

  • Director: Shola Lynch
  • Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Rather than seeming dated, Chisholm's moxie and commitment is a refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today.”

– Hollywood Reporter

5433

Time for Ilhan

Starring: Ilhan Omar

Guest Speakers: Tracy Baker White of Greylock Together and Maddy Art of Mount Greylock REV (Register, Educate, Vote) will speak about local voter engagement initiatives

On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness,” and the documentary film Time for Ilhan intimately chronicles her hard-fought campaign for State Representative in Minnesota’s Senate District 60B, home to the nation's largest Somali community. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, Time for Ilhan offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star as she begins a bold and powerful political career.

  • Director: Norah Shapiro
  • Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The story of the immigrant Omar’s remarkable journey is a light in the darkness of current American politics.”

– Culture Trip

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Williamstown of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. This project is also sponsored by the Williamstown League of Women's Voters.