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Thursday, October 10, 2019
7:00 PM


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Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC)


Twenty-five years after the development of the “reproductive justice” framework in Chicago, Cinema 53 partners with the Chicago Abortion Fund to consider the complex experiences that constitute “RJ” today. The 3-part series“Freedom, Autonomy, Access: 25 Years of Reproductive Justice” brings together organizers, scholars, artists, and health workers to view ground-breaking films and explore the critical inheritance and vital future of the movement for reproductive justice.

With this brash, ‘90s indie film about Chantel, her confident teen wisdom and complicated real-life decisions, Leslie Harris became the first African American woman director to win Best Feature Film at the Sundance Film Festival. Insightful and fresh after 27 years, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.’s honest take on shopping, high school and unexpected pregnancy still resonates. Screening followed by conversation with Harris and a youth leader from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, moderated by Cinema 53 director Jacqueline Stewart. (Leslie Harris, 1992, 92min)

Harper Theater, 5238 S Harper, Chicago
Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-seated. Doors open at 6:45pm.

Released in over 200 theaters across the US and distributed in 20 countries worldwide, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. was an Official Selection in the Tokyo, Toronto and Deauville International Film Festivals, and received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Debut Performance by a Lead Actress. The film celebrated its 25th anniversary with screenings at The British Film Institute in London and Cinema Rediscovered in Bristol, UK.

Harris has received The IFP Gotham Award Open Palm and American Film Institute Filmmaker Award, and she is a National Endowment for the Arts Grant recipient. She has taught at Tisch School of the Arts and lectured at The Canadian Film Centre, Columbia University, Tulane University, Wellesley College, Portland State and Barnard College, among others. She has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Variety and The Guardian. Leslie is currently shooting The I.R.T. DIARIES, a documentary, which chronicles her experiences working in the male dominated Hollywood of the 90’s.

The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) is a network of empowered youth and adult accomplices who transform public consciousness and increase the capacity of school, family and healthcare systems to support the sexual health, rights, and identities of youth.

Cinema 53 is a partnership between the historic Harper Theater in downtown Hyde Park and UChicago’s Arts + Public Life. The fall 2019 series is presented with generous support from UChicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.