How to Run a Film Discussion: The Handmaid's Tale

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Hulu is currently running a 10-episode adaptation of Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale. The mini-series tells the story of a dystopian future, in which a militaristic elite has seized control of the United States, and used religion and brute force to turn women into walking incubators. The series continues until June.

Right now, the horrifying prospects shown in The Handmaid's Tale look far too possible. But there are things you can do right now to organize for a better future. You can start by hosting a film discussion. Check out some tips here.

Film discussions are a great way to talk about democratic socialism and make organizing connections in your community. You can do this with a group of friends, or host a larger event. For The Handmaid's Tale, our film discussion handout offers organizing ideas you can use for further action. And here is a downloadable sign you can print out as well.

DSA has supported socialist feminism and reproductive rights for many years. As socialists, we know that people should have the right to make their own reproductive decisions, and that access to both reproductive care and childrearing resources is an economic issue. You can read DSA's National Political Committee statement here. And we put those words into action. This April, DSA chapters raised $45,000 for the National Network of Abortion Funds. You can learn more about that work here.

DSA has call-in film discussions regularly. Check out our calendar to see what's coming up. And invite your friends!

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

August 21, 2017
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Join DSA's Queer Socialists Working Group to discuss possible activities for the group and its proposed structure. 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT.

 

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
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Join DSA members Eric Brasure and Brendan Hamill to discuss the British film Pride (2014). It’s 1984, British coal miners are on strike, and a group of gays and lesbians in London bring the queer community together to support the miners in their fight. Based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The film is available for rent on YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
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Join DSA member and labor historian Susan Hirsch in discussing Union Maids (1976). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary follows three Chicago labor organizers (Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods) active beginning in the 1930s. The filmmakers were members of the New American Movement (a precursor of DSA), and the late Vicki Starr (aka Stella Nowicki) was a longtime member of Chicago DSA and the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. It’s available free on YouTube, though sound quality is poor. 8ET/7CT/6MT/5PT.