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OLLI film group tackles injustice from a feminist point of view
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"Films from a Feminist Perspective," a learning group in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Yavapai College, will be offered in the Spring 2 session beginning April 2.

This group views films about the abuse of power and the courage of women to resist, fight and join together to change the situations and systems that oppress them.

Topics range from women's fight for the right to vote in the United States to women in Senegal who refuse to accept female circumcision. Sometimes the accomplishment is attained by the efforts of an individual woman. Other times, the community of women acts as a group to effect social, economic and legal changes.

OLLI is a peer-directed membership organization at Yavapai College's Prescott campus and NAU's Prescott Valley building, next to the library. OLLI offers more than 200 peer-facilitated classes during five six-week sessions during the year. The Spring 2 session catalogue is available from the OLLI office.

In the past, the film class has tackled some tough issues: sexual harassment, abortion, homosexuality, class-action suits, incest, labor unions, education, grief and loss, gang rape, the right to vote, and racial and gender inequality.

These films chosen have depicted the struggles of women from Mexico, Argentina, England, Netherlands, Iran, China, Senegal, Somalia and Liberia. However, most of the films are about women in the United States.

Different cultures illustrate the misuse of power in diverse ways. Some of the films use humor to make their point. Discussions following the films are lively and insightful. The combination of disagreement, laughter and self-expression brings about a deeper level of understanding of one another and the subject matter.

"Films From a Feminist Perspective" promises to be both heart-wrenching and fun. There is nothing so inspiring watching and discussing the creative, courageous methods women employ to bring about justice.

Join us for another stimulating class with all new films. For more information or to get on the mailing list, call the OLLI office at 928-717-7634.

Sue Nauman is a retired teacher, marriage and family therapist and Presbyterian minister. She is currently an affiliate minister at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

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