20th Annual Gender & Sexuality Lecture features director Pratibha Parmar


20th Annual Gender & Sexuality Lecture features director Pratibha Parmar

Friday, October 18, 2013
Date: Friday, October 18
Location: CMB Studio 4D
Time: 1:30-4:00 pm

The Radio-Television-Film (RTF) Department is pleased to announce the 20th Annual Gender & Sexuality Lecture which will include a public screening of Pratibha Parmar's documentary ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH (Winner of Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature Film, QFest, Philadelphia), followed by a Q&A with Parmar.

Winner of the Frameline Film Festival Life Time Achievement Award and honored with The Visionary Award by the One in Ten Film Festival (2007), Pratibha Parmar is renowned for her cutting-edge films which cross genres and boundaries, including A PLACE OF RAGE (1991), a documentary on African American women and the civil rights movement featuring Angela Davis and June Jordan; KHUSH (1991), one of the first films to give voice and visibility to South Asian gay and lesbian people; and WARRIOR MARKS (1993), which documented female genital mutilation in Africa at a time when the subject was taboo globally. More recently, she released NINA'S HEAVENLY DELIGHTS (2006/7), an award-winning narrative feature film, about a woman who returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father's curry restaurant and the romance that catches her by surprise. 

Parmar's exquisitely realized documentary ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH (82 min.) brings into intimate view the extraordinary life and vision of Alice Walker. Born in a paper-thin shack in the cotton fields of Eatonton, Georgia, Walker made history in the 1980s as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, THE COLOR PURPLE. This universal story of triumph against all odds echoes Walker’s own trajectory from a sharecropper’s daughter to a key writer of the 20th century, in the face of racism, sexism, homophobia and the controversy that has surrounded her outspoken political beliefs and defiantly unclassifiable romantic life. Featuring the testimony of Angela Davis, Steven Spielberg, Gloria Steinem, Yoko Ono, Jewelle Gomez, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones and others, BEAUTY IN TRUTH provides a penetrating look at a life lived with passionate commitment to truth and justice.

The event is being held in cooperation with Polari—the Austin gay and lesbian film festival—and is cosponsored by UT's RTF department and individual RTF faculty (Joe Strabhaar, Charles Ramírez Berg, and Tom Schatz), the Center for Women's & Gender Studies, the Department of English, and the South Asia Institute. RTF faculty Janet Staiger, Mary Beltrán, PJ Raval, and cinematographer on three of Parmar's films, Nancy Schiesari, also coordinated the event.

An intimate, exquisitely rendered portrait of one of the great artists of our time.’ Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker & Founder of AAFRM

‘Alice Walker is one of the great thinkers of our time, and has changed the lives of so many women with her ideas - this rich and honest film tells a story that we all need to hear.’  Jude Kelly (OBE), Artistic Director, Southbank Centre UK

" The ultimate impression left by Pratibha Parmar’s eloquent film is of a courageous life full of risk but full of joy too." Time Out London **** (4 star review)

 "A compelling and inspirational documentary." Outfest 2013

"Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth is a dazzling, courageous portrait of the extraordinary life of a living legend. " Carol Coombes, QFest

"Parmar's film masterfully presents Alice Walker's revolutionary story as integral to American history." Heidi Hutner