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Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Women in film being spotlighted at Clayton State film festival


This year, you don’t have to travel to Sundance or Venice to catch a film festival.

“Women and the Arts” is the third in a series of film festivals being presented by the Clayton State Department of Humanities. The festival kicked off Monday at noon and 2:30 p.m. with “The Color Purple, “Stephen Spielberg’s cinematic portrayal of the Alice Walker novel. Whoopi Goldberg gives a masterful performance as Celie, the luckless mother and wife who struggles to victory despite all the odds.

Next Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. sees Jane Campion’s film “The Piano” come to life on the big screen once again. Holly Hunter’s best actress performance continues the dramatic theme with Sam Neill and Harvey Keitel on hand as husband and lover. A second showing will run at 6:30 p.m.

“All About My Mother” directed by Pedro Aldomovar follows Maneula (Cecelia Roth) as she goes in search of her recently dead son’s father. The winner of best foreign film for 1999, the Spanish language feature with English subtitles shows Feb. 23 at noon and 2 p.m.

Agnes Varda, a powerful, independent French director is given two screenings of her 2000 documentary film “The Gleaners and I,” March 15 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. Called “a protest film that’s part social critique, part travelogue” by the L.A. Weekly, the gleaners of the title are named according to the Zeitgeist Films website “for those who pick at already harvested fields for the odd potato or turnip.” The movie is in French with English subtitles.

Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando” comes to life with Tilda Swinton playing the oddly lengthy life of the main character. Sumptuously filmed by Sally Potter in 1993 with a cameo by Quentin Crisp in royal drag. March 29 Screenings are at noon and 1:30 p.m.

The series ends with an acclaimed film from 1991 directed by Julie Dash. “Daughter of the Dust” tells the story of a large African American family moving North from early twentieth century Georgia. Focusing in part on the culture of the Gullah People, descendants of slaves living on islands off the Georgia coast, Cora Lee Day stars as Nana, with Alva Rogers as Eula and Barbara-O as Yellow Mary.

All screenings are free and open to the public and will take place in the Arts and Sciences Building, room G-132. The festival is being sponsored by The Art, Film and Video Club and the new Women and the Arts course. For more information, go to


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