Dartmouth Events

Women in Development and the Feminist Observational Documentary

Lecture by Molly Geidel (University of Manchester)

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Room 003, Rockefeller Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts and Sciences, Lectures & Seminars

This talk by Molly Geidel (University of Manchester) examines how documentary culture and feminist knowledge were shaped by international geopolitics in the 1970s. Specifically, it charts two processes: how Cold War development ideas shaped transnational feminism, and how the new observational trend in development documentary filmmaking invisibilized certain kinds of caring and communicative labor. These processes come together in Brazilian exile Helena Solberg and the International Women’s Film Project’s 1975 observational documentary Double Day, heralded as the first Latin American feminist documentary. The talk explores what the film’s intimate interviews with working-class Latin American women reveal about the relationship between feminism and development in this period.  

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