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March 10, 2011

Iowa Women's Archives hosts Women's History Month events

The Iowa Women’s Archives will host two events in March for Women’s History Month, one on feminist documentary filmmaking and the other about the Triangle Factory fire of 1911.

Award-winning filmmaker Marlene Booth will present a talk titled “Tell Me a Story: Making and Learning From Documentary Films” on Tuesday, March 22. A reception at 4 p.m. will be followed by the presentation from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Born and raised in Des Moines, Booth looks back -– with clips from her films -- on 35 years of filmmaking as a woman, a feminist, and a dyed-in-the-wool Hawkeye. The event will be held in the Iowa Women’s Archives, located on the third floor of the University of Iowa’s Main Library, just off Burlington and Madison in Iowa City.

Booth, a lecturer in film at the University of Hawaii, has worked in film since 1975, both as an independent and for public television station WGBH-TV in Boston. She has produced and directed several major documentary films screened on PBS, at national and international film festivals, and in classrooms nationwide. Her most recent film, "Pidgin: the Voice of Hawaii" (2009), examines the language spoken by over half of Hawaii's people, and confronts issues of language and identity, and who gets to decide what language we speak. 

Booth’s 1999 film “Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa” explores her Iowa-Jewish roots and uses home movies, period photos, her high school reunion, and interviews, to examine the process of negotiating identity, as an American, a Jew, and a woman. “Yidl in the Middle” will be screened at Hillel, 122 E. Market St. in Iowa City, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, followed by a question and answer session with the director.

The Iowa Women’s Archives will close Women’s History Month on Friday, March 25, with “In Memoriam: The Triangle Factory Fire 100th Anniversary,” from noon to 1 p.m. in the second floor conference room, Room 2032, of the UI Main Library. This event commemorates the 146 young, immigrant garment workers who lost their lives in this tragedy in New York City. Remarks by Linda K. Kerber, UI professor of history will begin at noon, and dramatic readings by Carol MacVey and UI theater students will follow, with comments by playwright Janet Schlapkohl.

For further information call 319-335-5068. All events are free and open to the public.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Iowa Women's Archives, 319-335-5068; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,