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First-Friday Free Film Showing at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064.
Free Large-Screen Air Conditioned 5:30p.m. – Potluck Picnic at the Peace Centerprior to film showing
Dedicated to the memory of Heather Heyer, a martyr to justice and caring…
Friday, September 1st , at 7 p.m.
Say “suffragette” and most people probably conjure up pictures of demure marchers carrying “Let women vote” signs or testifying before British Parliament. “Suffragette” focuses instead on a more radical wing of the movement: the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).
Led by Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep), the group advocated direct action and civil disobedience. In response, many women were jailed and, when they went on hunger strikes, were subjected to force-feeding or beaten. Some died of their injuries.
Suffragette illuminates a saga of hardships and courage to win the vote for women in England.
The film centers around Maud Watts, a begrimed washerwoman with a working-class husband (Ben Whishaw) and young son (Adam Michael Dodd). She works at a laundry where the boss pulls women from the work line to sexually abuse them.
Maud is shaken out of her dutiful meekness when, out of curiosity, she accompanies a co-worker (Anne-Marie Duff) to a suffragist meeting. She awakens to her own lack of a voice and the mistreatment and violence that is her daily life, along with conflict with her husband, and threatened loss of her job.
Maud’s tale speaks a women’s struggle from all social classes. Taken together, they raise this film beyond sentimentality to an urgent call to stand up, fight, and persist. After seeing this film, you will never feel the same about the right to vote and what went into winning it.
Ann Hornaday, film critic for the Washington Post states. “Suffragette” is an absorbing, ultimately moving portrait of thwarted ideals that rings all too true today.”
Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HdQ0iVrl2Y
For more information and directions, visit www.delcopeacecenter.org or call 484-574-1148. Co-Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.