The National Film Board documentary explores key concerns prevalent in Canada. Status Quo plays homage to Canada’s feminist forerunners and explores how feminism has shaped the society we live in, presenting contemporary issues, such as such as violence against women, access to abortion and universal childcare alongside events from the 1960s and 70s.
Activist Alice de Wolff will lead a post-film discussion, answering questions about her first-hand experience over four decades of feminism and activism. She is a national board member on the Council of Canadians and, as director of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women in the late 1980s and early 90s, was involved in some of film’s key events.
When Montreal filmmaker Karen Cho began her research for Status Quo? she saw the feminist movement as something of the past.
“I was one of those “I’m not a feminist but …” type of people. But that viewpoint changed as soon as I walked into the research for the film and realized that a lot of those struggles and fights continue today,” she said in an interview with the Globe and Mail.
NIC’s movie screening takes place the day after International Women’s Day. This year’s campaign theme, #BeBoldforChange calls for a more gender inclusive world. It points to World Economic Forum research predicting it will be 170 years before men and women have equal access to economic, educational and political opportunity.
Admission is by donation to NIC's Global Learning Initiative, a student-driven project fostering awareness of global issues through partnerships with local communities and individuals. It has supported nursing students’ experiences in remote communities in Uganda, Nepal and Mozambique and it continues to strengthen cultural understandings through field schools to Aboriginal and global communities.
The screening takes place in the Stan Hagen Theatre at NIC’s Comox Valley campus, Thursday March 9, starting at 7 pm with doors open at 6:30.
Chocolate and coffee will be available to purchase at the event to support the initiative.
For more information, contact NIC instructor Lynne Oberik at 250-334-5061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media Liaison, North Island College
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