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"We Tell: Body Publics" streaming now! @ Mimesis

Available February 8th - 15th Watch Now Password: bpscreening

The Mimesis Center for Documentary and Ethnographic Media is honored to host free screenings from the national touring exhibition of We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media. This groundbreaking program chronicles the hidden histories of place-based documentaries that arise from specific locales, communities, and needs for social and political change. Curators: Louis Massiah, Scribe Video Center and Patricia R. Zimmermann, Ithaca College. Archive Research by the XFR Collective.


Body Publics focuses on controversial issues surrounding public health and sexualities. It exposes the ailments from within and the diseases from the outside. These works unpack how access or lack of access to various forms of healthcare affects people from many different ethnicities and identities. Some works also probe concerns of the LGBTQIA community. Body Publics also looks at institutions that either inhibit or advance affordable and accessible health care. From the 1970s to the 1990s, shorts like HSA Strike from Kartemquin Films, Diabetes: Notes from Indian Country from Beverly Singer, and Nature’s Way from Appalshop, chronicle continued advocacy by citizens to control of their own bodies and health.

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