The Women of Color Film Festival: What I Learned From It

What Billie Eilish, Jared Leto and Kim Kardashian Wore to LACMA’s 2017 Women of Color Film Festival

This week, I had the pleasure to attend LACMA’s 2017 Women of Color Film Festival (WOCFF) in Los Angeles. In addition to catching a screening of the festival’s opening-night documentary, “No Easy Day,” here are my thoughts on some of the films we saw and the lessons we’ve learned from them.

This is what a festival is, without a doubt. I arrived at the festival with a vague idea that I’d likely want to go to a few events and be part of the discussions, and while I did get to see many of the films during my visit, some of the films I saw were in the past. There was an overwhelming amount of films that came from all over the world, so it was hard to get caught up with the conversation and to get to know any of the filmmakers. Luckily, everyone at the festival did their best to engage with the audience, and from my experience, that was the biggest accomplishment.

While there were only two films that I thought were a direct follow-up to “No Easy Day,” there were several films that came out within a year of the debut of “No Easy Day,” and I believe that each film had an impact. One of my favorites was the debut from Chantal Mouffe called “The Inheritance,” which brought together a couple of political leaders and intellectuals in New Orleans from both the radical left and the conservative center to discuss the meaning of feminism and what it means to be a woman of color. Mouffe’s second film, “The War Against Boys,” is a documentary about a group of young boys who were in a violent gang at the age of 12, and a follow-up film directed by her and her husband Ben Oda, “Boys Don’t Cry.” While this film is much more powerful about young men and violence, the message about girls playing with dolls or in ballet class has been a part of the conversation for decades.

Another film that was highly discussed at the festival was “Boys Don’t Cry,” which is a powerful film that addresses topics of sexuality, gender and

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