Documentary celebrates ‘Wonder Women’

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Documentary celebrates ‘Wonder Women’

Contemporary film traces feminist history through portrayal of iconic superheroine
Carmela Lane, who moved to the U.S. from Brazil when she was 23, displays one of several tattoos of the character who inspires her in a scene from “Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines.”

March is Women’s History Month, and the Women’s Resource Center could not have picked a better film to get the word out than “Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines.”

The local advocacy organization will sponsor a screening of the entertaining documentary Thursday, and producer and co-director Kelcey Edwards will be there. The WRC and the Fort Lewis College Gender and Women’s Studies Program is teaming for several events during the month.

The movie looks at the progress, regression and progress again of women in the 20th and 21st centuries through the lens of Wonder Woman, the superheroine who first appeared in DC Comics in December 1941. In her first few years, Wonder Woman was an icon of feminism, vanquishing villains on a par with her male super-counterparts.

But mirroring post-World War II society, Wonder Woman softened for a while. Like the women who returned to the kitchen after a stint in the workforce that created an arsenal of democracy, Wonder Woman became domesticated. After fighting Nazis, she joined the Justice Society of America as its secretary. By the 1960s, Wonder Woman owned a fashion boutique.

The movie includes many big names. Feminist champion Gloria Steinem and Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna share screen time with the Lynda Carter and Lindsay Wagner, who as TV’s Wonder Woman and Bionic Woman shifted the superheroine image back toward one of strength and independence in the 1970s. The movie also includes later TV and movie heroines suuch as Xena and others. Moviegoers are encouraged to dress as their favorite superheroine for Thursday’s screening.

Co-director Kristy Guevera-Flanagan wrote: “I loved the idea of looking at something as populist as comics to reveal our cultural obsessions, and in particular, how women’s roles have changed through time. The narratives of our most iconic superheroes, told and re-told over decades, boldly outline our shifting values. For some, it’s Lara Croft, for others, it’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but we all need those iconic heroes that tell us we have the power to slay our dragons and don’t have to wait around to be rescued.”

“Wonder Women” also will be shown on the award-winning Independent Lens series beginning April 15 on PBS stations.



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Durango events for March Women’s History Month

Fort Lewis College and the Women’s Resource Center will partner for several events in March for Women’s History Month. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination – Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”

The “A Light to Remember” exhibition will be on display through March 19. Community members are invited to decorate a veladora (a votive candle) with a drawing or photograph of a woman who has touched their life. A candle lighting ceremony is planned for the final day. To decorate a candle or for more information, call Nancy Stoffer at 247-7170 or email stoffer_n@fortlewis.edu.

After Thursday’s film screening of “Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines,” producer and co-director Kelcey Edwards will be the keynote speaker Friday at the Extraordinary Woman Award Luncheon at the Strater Hotel when the center honors Enid Brodsky for her leadership and commitment to effect positive change in the community.



For a full schedule of Women’s History Month events, visit www.wrcdurango.org.

If you go

The Women’s Resource Center will present the film “Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines” with filmmaker Kelcey Edwards at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Fort Lewis College Ballroom. Admission is free. A second screening will be shown at 5:30 p.m. March 20 at the Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio. For more information, call 247-1242.

Documentary celebrates ‘Wonder Women’

Carmela Lane, who moved to the U.S. from Brazil when she was 23, displays one of several tattoos of the character who inspires her in a scene from “Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines.”
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