The Woman’s Film (Newsreel #55)

“Allein machen sie dich ein” (They’ll get you if you’re alone) sang German rock group Ton Steine Scherben and the line would make a good title for both Helke Sander’s first medium-length film Eine Prämie für Irene and the documentary The Woman’s Film by the San Francisco-based Newsreel collective. Sander portrays Irene, a single mother who works in a washing machine factory. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly, whether in relation to unequal treatment at work or sexual harassment from men. But it’s clear she doesn’t stand a chance without solidarity from other women. The women in The Woman’s Film are already one step further: they have come together to form a women’s rights group and talk there about discrimination, racism and violent relationships. This slice of unfiltered oral history brings the militancy of the early 70s back to life.
by Women’s Caucus – San Francisco Newsreel USA 1971 English 41’ Black/White, 16 mm Documentary form

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Women’s Caucus – San Francisco Newsreel

The film collective Newsreel was founded in New York in December 1967. Several other Newsreel groups were soon formed, growing into a network with different chapters across the USA, which produced and distributed 16mm films covering the anti-war and women's movements. In 1970, filmmakers Judy Smith, Louise Alaimo and Ellen Sorrin initiated the documentary The Woman’s Film in the San Francisco-based newsreel group, with its production being carried out exclusively by women.

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