Nice Colored Girls (1986) by Tracy Moffatt

Sunday, May 22, 1988, 8:00 pm

Sexism, Colonialism, Misrepresentation I

Guest curated by Berenice Reynaud and Yvonne Rainer


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

The Series, “Sexism, Colonialism, Misrepresentation,” curated by filmmaker Yvonne Rainer and critic Berenice Reynaud, took place at the Collective for Living Cinema from April 25 to May 8, 1988. Designed to present “the voices of those — women, people of color, Third World filmmakers — who have been constructed as ‘the Other’ in mainstream culture. Tonight’s program is the first of two adapted from this series, focusing on the cinematic gaze as a tool of sexist and colonialist oppression. Tracy Moffatt’s Nice Colored Girls (Australia, 1986) analyzes how the colonialist has fantasized Aboriginal women ‘bad’; Laleen Jayamanne’s A Song of Ceylon (Australia, 1986) is a brilliant creation of ‘female fetishism’ while critiquing the objectification of the female body. Anna Ambrose’s Phoelix (England, 1979) shows women working in a peep show and deconstructs the voyeurism of the camera.” (B.R.)