Pariah is a 2011 American art drama film written and directed by Dee Rees. It tells the story of Alike, a 17-year-old African American Brooklyn teenager who juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. This screening is part of the Women Take the Reel Film Festival (www.tinyurl.com/wttr2018), a roaming festival that features films directed by women and about issues relating to gender, race, sexuality, class and/or feminism. The focus is on intellectual investigation of these issues as well as visibility for female directors, and so every film is accompanied by a Q&A and discussion.
The discussion will be led by Nafisa Tanjeem, an Assistant Professor in Global Studies at Lesley University. Tanjeem holds a B.S.S in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, an M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Nafisa’s research and teaching interests include transnational feminist theories, transnational social justice movements, globalization and feminist politics, comparative political economy, critical race theory, and South Asia Studies. She has been actively involved in community organizing and social justice activism. As Community Organizer of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), she designed and implemented local campaigns aimed at promoting poverty reduction, gender equity, and youth engagement among South Asian immigrant communities in Toronto, Canada. She was also an organizer of United Students against Sweatshops in the USA and “Meye” (Women) network in Bangladesh.
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