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Ser Mujer Week 3: March 13–17 Hear Our Voices, Protect Our Bodies, Free Our Sisters

By Carole Schor

Ser Mujer begins its third week with the voices of Mexican and expat female poets on March 13, 6–7:30pm, in the Belles Artes Theater. These works portray ideas that examine, question, and argue for change against outdated gender roles. Female poets with their unique feminine voice, silenced for many generations, are now free to speak up, to claim their rightful place, and to portray characters and ideas which strive to alter inequalities between genders across societal and political arenas.

Poetry Readings
By Mexican female poets
Mon, Mar 13, 6pm
Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75, Centro
Spanish and English
80 pesos public/20 pesos students

Film
Trapped
Tue, Mar 14, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
Language: English
60 pesos

Film
Justice for My Sister
Thu, Mar 16, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos public/20 pesos students
4:30pm at UNAM
Mesones 71, Centro
Language: Spanish/English subtitles
UNAM Free

Trapped (Mar 14, 1pm, Santa Ana Theater) was the 2016 winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking and is an urgent, vital examination of Southern abortion clinics. According to Dawn Roberts, the filmmaker, “Thirty percent of American women will have an abortion in their lifetime. Nearly half of these women live at or below the federal poverty line, and they’re four times more likely to be women of color.” In 1973, the US Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in the case of Roe v. Wade, which recognized that the constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions—including the decision to have an abortion without interference from politicians. Today, 44 years later, US reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws have been passed in more than 40 states, barring access for women to obtain medically safe abortions and limiting women’s rights to control over their own bodies. “Closing the clinics is not going to stop abortions. Women are going to have abortions; it’s just that they are not going to be safe and legal.”

Justice for My Sister, directed by Kimberly Bautista (March 16, 1pm, Santa Ana; 4:30pm UNAM), is an intimate look at violence against women in Guatemala and the three-year journey of Rebeca as she tries to hold her sister’s killer accountable. During the making of the film, while staying at a house in Guatemala, the 28-year-old filmmaker, Kimberly Bautista, was held hostage and raped. Bautista, a voice for those who have been silenced or abused, said, “When we share our stories, we set shame to the side and truly embrace the fact that the abuse we experience was not our fault but that of those who caused harm to us (our aggressors).” The film serves as the centerpiece of a transnational campaign to promote healthy relationships and denounce gender-based violence and femicide/feminicide.

Ser Mujer is a San Miguel de Allende-based group of Mexican, American, and Canadian women of all ages working in partnership with community-based organizations. Our goal is to promote the commonality of women’s issues across cultures, to raise awareness of their challenges, and to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions.

 

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