Film Series 2011-2012

With support from a Diversity and Inclusion Grant awarded by the Office of the Provost to Associate Dean Laura Rosenbury, 3L Elizabeth Chen, and Professor Susan Appleton, the School of Law is hosting a film series during 2011-2012, "Narratives of Law and Life: Using Film to Explore the State’s Role in Constructing Identity." 

Over the past fifty years, advocates for racial and gender justice have used the legal system to achieve greater equality throughout society. This is just one role that law plays in a diverse world—law also constructs everyday understandings of gender, race, religion, class, sexuality, and other aspects of identity. A focus on court battles and legislative struggles often obscures this latter role. Narratives of everyday relationships, in contrast, provide the opportunity to examine how law more subtly mediates identities. This series will bring such narratives to campus through films that explore performances of identity in contexts partially regulated by law. The films and discussions afterwards will promote cross-campus interdisciplinary dialogues about identity and diversity.

The first film screening will feature, "Made in India," on Wednesday, November 16, at 7 pm, in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (Anheuser-Busch Hall, room 310). "Made in India," an award-winning documentary about "reproductive tourism," explores the practice of "outsourcing" surrogacy arrangements to countries in which poor women will agree to gestate pregnancies for intended parents from the U.S. and elsewhere for a much lower price than demanded on the domestic market.  more...  

The second film screening will feature, "(A)sexual," on Tuesday, February 7, at 7 pm, in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (Anheuser-Busch Hall, room 310). "(A)sexual" is an award-winning documentary about the asexuality movement, the attempt to gain recognition in society for those who experience no sexual attraction. more... 

The final film screening will feature " Raising Renee" on Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm, in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (Anheuser-Busch Hall, room 310). "Raising Renee" is an award-winning documentary about an acclaimed artist's promise to take care of her sister, who has an intellectual disability. The film explores issues of race, class, gender, family, and disability, among others. more... 

For more information about the film series, contact Susan Appleton, Lemma Barkeloo and Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law (appleton@wulaw.wustl.edu); 3L Elizabeth Chen (ejchen@wulaw.wustl.edu); or Laura Rosenbury, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law (larosenb@wulaw.wustl.edu).