No! The Rape Documentary with Director Aishah Shahidah Simmons

    April 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 E Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    “We are excited to announce our kick-off event for April Sexual Assault Awareness Month!  Hosted by Take Back The Night Tucson

    Take Back The Night Presents:

    No! The Rape Documentary with Director Aishah Shahidah Simmons

    The film will be followed by a dialogue with Aishah Shahidah Simmons and local leaders.

    Please join us in support of this grassroots community education fundraiser in benefit of Take Back The Night Tucson. Ticket price is donation-based. 100% of what is donated at the door will remain 100% local. This will help expand Take Back The Night Tucson’s vision to bring Tucson together to strive for communities liberated from sexual violence by creating space where survivors can be centered and empowered, by prioritizing healing, and by inspiring accountable action toward intersectional and collaborative justice.

    About the Film: NO! The Rape Documentary is the 2006-released Ford-Foundation funded award-winning, internationally acclaimed, groundbreaking feature length film that explores the international atrocity of heterosexual rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism, and cultural work of Black people in the United States. NO! also explores how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia. Produced, written, and directed by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, NO! is subtitled in Spanish, French, Portuguese and English. It is also closed captioned in English.

    About the Director:

    Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning Black feminist lesbian documentary filmmaker, activist, cultural worker, writer and international lecturer. An incest and rape survivor, she is the creator of the Ford Foundation-funded, internationally acclaimed and award-winning feature length film NO! The Rape Documentary. Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, says, “If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would save itself, it must complete the work that [NO!] begins.”

    Aishah is a 2016-2018 Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow where she is developing her multimedia project #LoveWITHAccountability, which examines how accountability is a powerful and necessary form of love needed to address child sexual abuse (CSA). #LoveWITHAccountability will also examine how the silence around child sexual abuse in the familial institution plays a direct role in creating a culture of sexual violence in all other institutions—religious, academic, activist, political and professional. Previously, she was the 2015-2016 Sterling Brown Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College, an Adjunct Professor in the Women’s and LGBT Studies Program at Temple University, an O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at Scripps College, an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, and an Artist-in-Residence at Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon.

    Her essays and articles have been published in several anthologies including the recently released Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement anthology edited by Jennifer Patterson and Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence anthology edited by Lisa Factora-Borchers.

    Committed to archiving, documenting and telling Black women’s herstories and contemporary realities, Aishah curated and lead-edited The Feminist Wire’s (TFW) “Global Forum on Audre Lorde.” She co-curated and co-edited, with Heidi R. Lewis, TFW’s “Toni Cade Bambara 75th Birthday Anniversary Forum.” Most recently in March 2016, she co-curated and co-edited, with Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Heather Turcotte, Heidi R. Lewis, Tc Tolbert, and Mick Powell, TFW’s “June Jordan Forum.” Aishah has screened her work, guest lectured and facilitated workshops and dialogues throughout the North American continent and in many countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. An Associate Editor of TFW, Aishah’s cultural work and activism have been documented extensively in a wide range of media outlets including The Root, Crisis, Forbes, Left of Black, In These Times, Ms. Magazine, Alternet, ColorLines, The Philadelphia Weekly, National Public Radio (NPR), Pacifica Radio Network and Black Entertainment Television (BET). You can follow her on twitter @AfroLez.

    We are thankful to our local sponsors for making this event possible:Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, and the UA Consortium on Gender-Based Violence.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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