#ShoutYourAbortion & Collective Sex: Storytelling as Activism Tour

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Two major figures in the movement discuss creative abortion storytelling as activism. Amelia Bonow created #ShoutYourAbortion to give women a means of telling their personal stories, which went viral and evolved into a full-fledged campaign. Poppy Liu documented her abortion story in the short film Names of Women, and will relate how being a queer woman of color influenced her storytelling and why intersectionality is essential in the discourse about reproductive rights.

Amelia Bonow is the founding director of #ShoutYourAbortion, a movement dedicated to broadening the existing cultural discourse around abortion. In 2017, #ShoutYourAbortion’s website won a Webby Award for activism. Bonow serves on the Board of Directors of the Abortion Care Network, a group of independent abortion care providers and their allies.

Poppy Liu is a queer first-generation Chinese-American actress and poet and the founder of Collective Sex. She has led workshops on storytelling activism at colleges across the country and is currently working on a web series titled Mercy, Mistress, which examines the intersections of sex work, queerness, and POC immigrant communities.

An Evening with Werner Herzog

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The Film and Media Studies program at Rhodes College presents a public screening of Werner Herzog’s THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), followed by a Q&A session with the legendary filmmaker himself. 

THE WILD BLUE YONDER tells the story of an alien species seeking refuge on earth while humans are looking for other worlds to colonize. Though the film announces itself as a “science fiction fantasy,” its combination of mesmerizing footage from NASA missions and underwater exploration in Antarctica with originally produced material defies easy categorization. It offers a haunting meditation on eco-conservation, on longing for home, and on what being an alien really means. It won the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2005.

Werner Herzog is among the most daring, influential, and prolific contemporary filmmakers. He emerged as a creative force from the New German Cinema and has earned international critical acclaim with epics like AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972) and FITZCARRALDO (1982) as well as documentaries like FATA MORGANA (1971), LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1997), and GRIZZLY MAN (2005). Spectacular and perplexing, Herzog’s films are set in unique landscapes that become reflections of emotional states; they blur distinctions between reality and fiction and are often populated by mad men and women at psychological extremes. As Roger Ebert once put it, Herzog is among a handful of directors who “keep the movies vibrating.”

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available to the Rhodes community at Rhodes Express and to the public at Novel bookstore, located at 387 Perkins Extd. 

Film and Media Studies