Women's History Month 2021

Bullfrog Communities

In honor of Women's History Month, Bullfrog Communities, a project of Bullfrog Films, is pleased to highlight timely award-winning films for virtual or in-person community and campus-wide screenings.

In Oakland today, a social-justice troop for young girls of color is refreshing the legacy of youth activism in the acclaimed new release WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS. The group was started by two fierce, queer women of color, Marilyn Hollinquest and Anayvette Martinez, as a way to address and center Anayvette's daughter's experience as a young brown girl. Their work is anchored in the belief that adolescent girls of color need dedicated spaces and that the foundation for this innovative work must also be rooted in fierce inter-dependent sisterhood, self-love, and hope.

In AMÁ, filmmaker Lorna Tucker gives a platform for Native American women to speak up about the abuse they endured during the 1960s and 70s, where women were removed from their families and subjected to involuntary sterilization. AMÁ includes three remarkable women who tell their stories — Jean Whitehorse, Yvonne Swan and Charon Asetoyer — as well as a revealing and rare interview with Dr. Reimert Ravenholt whose population control ideas were the framework for some of the government policies directed at Native American women by the Indian Health Service. 

Viewing assault on the big screen can be a difficult experience, but sometimes when it's handled correctly it can change someone's life. CATCHING SIGHT OF THELMA AND LOUISE tracks down those who worked on the classic film 30 years later to discuss the impact of Ridley Scott's female-driven narrative.

BEATRIX FARRAND'S AMERICAN LANDSCAPES follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off to explore the remarkable life and career of America's first female landscape architect, Beatrix Farrand. Farrand was responsible for some of the most celebrated gardens in the United States and helped create a distinctive American voice in landscape architecture.

NO TIME TO WASTE captures the fascinating life of Betty Reid Soskin, who is singularly focused on restoring the missing history of Black women, from her experience as a young woman in a WWII segregated union hall, through her multi-faceted career as a singer, activist, mother, legislative representative and park planner to her present public role. A FINE LINE explores ongoing issues that women face in the culinary industry: from unequal pay to workplace harassment. Featuring interviews from world-renowned chefs, A FINE LINE is an uplifting piece about resilience in the face of adversity.

These films are available both virtually and for in-person events. For more information on booking a virtual screening right now, please go to Bullfrog Communities Streaming.

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The untold story of the involuntary sterilization of Native American women by the Indian Health Service well into the 1970s.
F-NO: THE PUBLIC HEALTH Film Festival of New Orleans
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Global Health Film Festival
"This film is so important because these stories need to be heard — this is the untold history of Native America. Indigenous people hold an intimate knowledge that our women are sacred — we carry life, and the very act of pregnancy is an assertion of sovereignty and resilience... seeks to reaffirm our history so that we can continue to center our women."
Angel Charley, Interim Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
"Should be watched by all who want to understand the impacts of genocide and colonization within the United States. Well into the 1970's the federal government used tactics of persecution, extermination and denial in efforts to eradicate future generations of Native people. This film sheds light on the truth and illustrates the power of Native women in demonstrating resiliency and resistance."
Nicole Lim, Executive Director, The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center


Lynden B. Miller explores the life and work of America's first female landscape architect, Beatrix Farrand.
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
"Not until I saw BEATRIX FARRAND'S AMERICAN LANDSCAPES did I feel like I had just been given a gift that I waited decades for. The film is as rich and elegant as Farrand's landscapes. It does her life and work justice, and is a must see for anyone interested in landscape architecture, garden design or women's history."
Katya Crawford, Chair and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of New Mexico
"The superbly made documentary matches its heroine's sense for perfection in all details: aesthetic refinedness and technical prowess do wonders in bringing to life Farrand's whole age, while showing her visionary landscapes. The smart intermixing of original photos and 19th-century reels of New York City make for a fascinating story from beginning to end."
Vanessa Sellers, New York Botanical Garden Plant Talk

Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes

Revisits the journey of Thelma & Louise through the lens of viewers who saw that iconic film in 1991 and shared intimate, personal, stories at that time. The same women and men were tracked down 25 years later. Are their responses different now? What has changed in the way women are treated?
Winner, Filmmaker Award, Santa Cruz Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary, Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival
Special Event Screening, Focus on Women in Film, Port Townsend Film Festival
"Provides invaluable insight as to why this film endures as a metonymy for feminist consciousness, the pleasure and resistance of women's bonding, and righteous rage against rape culture."
Jane Caputi, Professor, Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Communication and Multimedia, Florida Atlantic University, Author, Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power and Popular Culture
"In the #MeToo era, it's eye-opening and sobering to hear the interviewees discuss their personal responses to the film's depiction of assault and revenge and whether the controversy and awareness that the film provoked has had any lasting impact on society or the movie industry."
Loren King, Alliance of Women Film Journalists
"Ridley Scott's classic raised questions we're discussing today around feminism and the #MeToo movement... This documentary offers thoughtful insight throughout."
Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times

Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise

Follows the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color on the frontlines of social justice.
National Broadcast on PBS's "POV"
Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival
AFI Docs
"Uplifting...Timely...Most impressive are the girls themselves. Over three years, the girls grow from curious pre-tweens to experienced social justice activists. If movements are judged by embodying the change they seek, the first generation of Radical Monarchs is a heartening success."
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"This illuminating and inspiring film shows what powerful political education with children looks like. Radical Monarchs exposes the challenges of securing funding to scale social justice work even in the face of significant community demands. It showcases the radical beauty of young Black and Latinx girls finding their place in the long arc of the moral universe. It is a film that filled me with hope for a more just tomorrow."
Jerusha O. Conner, Professor of Education and Counseling, Villanova University, Author, The New Student Activists

We Are the Radical Monarchs

Explores why less than 7% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women, when traditionally women have always held the central role in the kitchen.
Best Documentary Feature, Provincetown International Film Festival
The Women's Film Festival
"A relatable, heart-warming film about a woman's struggle to succeed in a male-dominated restaurant world. With notable appearances from top female chefs, viewers will learn about the ways that inequality is embedded in the food world, but also how some remarkable women (including the filmmaker's own mother) managed to succeed and inspire others."
Josée Johnston, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto
"Masterfully explores the challenges of women becoming successful head chefs. Using personal stories, the film exposes the unequal treatment of women, while creatively offering correctives from the experiences of women who have found success against the odds. A great resource for anyone looking to understand the need for gender equality and to break barriers in the food industry."
Naomi R Williams, Assistant Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University

A Fine Line

Celebrates legendary 99-year-old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin's inspiring life, work and urgent mission to restore critical missing chapters of America's story.
Salem Film Festival
"Tells a valuable story of historic preservation and history-making. Betty Reid Soskin's work in the National Parks Service exemplifies the ways we can learn about even the most uncomfortable parts of our own histories while empowering us to actively engage in not making the mistakes of our past."
Marne L Campbell, Associate Professor, African American Studies, Loyola Marymount University
"Allows us to spend some time in the presence of inimitable Betty Reid Soskin, a gifted public historian who has spent her life working for the greater good...This is a captivating documentary, one that offers a compelling portrait of this remarkable woman."
Erica L. Ball, Professor of History, Chair of Black Studies, Occidental College, Author, Madam C. J. Walker: The Making of an American Icon

No Time to Waste

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