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Teens on Sex

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Youth Health Empowerment Project and Scribe Video Center

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Dina Mendros and Roxana Walker-Canton

Year released: 
1998
Length: 
18 minutes

An informative look at adolescent sexual health by an eclectic group of Philadelphia teens and teen peer educators of the Youth Health Empowerment Project. The video was collaboratively made with Y-HEP teen volunteers who powerfully deconstruct myths ("You can't get pregnant your first time."), address common concerns, and give useful, experience-based advice to their peers.

Filmmaker's Name: 
The Youth Health Empowerment project, Dina Mendros & Roxana Walker- Canton
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP)is a project of Philadelphia FIGHT that offers a comprehensive range of health promotion and youth development programs using a harm reduction approach to at-risk youth.

Dina Mendros is a member of Temple University's Women's Film & Video Collective and recently completed Temple's Master's program in Anthropology. A former writer for the Philadelphia City Paper, she is currently at work on a video documentary about a New York school for cross-dressing.

Roxana Walker-Canton is a filmmaker, author, professor and television host who currently works as visiting professor of media studies at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.

Press: 

May 7, 1999 - "Film Talks to 'Teens on Sex'", by Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

May 6, 1999 - Part of the Festival of Independents at Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, International House (Philadelphia, PA)

Rape Stories

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Margie Strosser

Year released: 
1989
Length: 
25 minutes
Price: 

$79 for Community Institutions: Libraries, Schools, Non-Profits / $99 for Universities & Businesses

Buy this Video: 

To purchase a DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email inquiry@scribe.org.

In October 1979, Margie Strosser was raped in the elevator of her apartment building. Two weeks later, she asked a friend to interview her about the incident. Ten years later, she remembers and recounts the rape, revealing the emotional texture of the experience and the reshaping of the event through memory.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Margie Strosser
Filmmaker's Photo: 
margiestrosser.jpg
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Margie Strosser is an award-winning producer, director and writer in television and film whose projects include fictional works such as Strange Weather and Moon Juice. Recently, Margie was the senior producer/writer for three seasons of Birth Day, the Discovery Health Channel's highest rated daytime show. She and writing partner Cate Wilson are currently collaborating on a romantic comedy and a psychological thriller adapted from a British novel. She also worked on several videos in the Scribe Video Center catalog including Art Is Food, Dance: Heartbeat of a community, and I Used to Teach English. [LINK]

Press: 

February 8, 1993 - "Expressing Themselves," by Ann Kolson, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

Prix du Publique, Montreal International Festival of Films & Videos by Women; London International Film Festival; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Silence... Broken

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Written, directed and produced by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Poetry by Jourdan Imani Keith, Editor: Nadine Stanley

Year released: 
1993
Length: 
8 minutes
Price: 

$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses

Buy this Video: 

To purchase a DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email inquiry@scribe.org.

Silence...Broken is an experimental narrative short about an African American lesbian's refusal to be silent about racism, sexism and homophobia. Featuring the poetry of acclaimed poet Jourdan Keith, this video is dedicated to the memory of self-defined Black Lesbian Feminist Warrior Mother Poet Audre Lorde who died in 1992 after a fourteen-year battle with breast cancer.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is the founder and president of AfroLez® Productions. She is an award-winning Black feminist lesbian independent filmmaker, international lecturer, and activist based in Philadelphia, PA. Her internationally acclaimed shorts Silence...Broken, In My Father’s House, and NO!, explore the issues of race, gender, homophobia, rape and misogyny. For three years Ms. Simmons was a co-producer of two television programs for WYBE-TV35 in Philadelphia, PA. She has screened her work and lectured on the impact of the intersections of oppressions, on African-American women’s lives, in Spain, Mexico, South Africa, England, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Hungary, and at numerous colleges/universities and conferences across the United States. Her awards include the 1994 Philadelphia Gay Pride Award; the 1995 Atlantic City Black Film Festival Filmmaker Award; the 1998 Audre Lorde Legacy Award of the Union Institute Center for Women, the 1998 NAACP Exemplary Citizen Award, finalist for the 1998 Roy W. Dean Grant, and the 2000 Bread and Roses Community Fund’s Waters Award for Intergenerational Activism.

Press: 

October 1, 1998 - "A Shaky Market," by Neil Gladstone, Philadelphia City Paper
December 5, 2000 - "Afrolesfemcentric," by An Ngo, Bi-College News

Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

July 2005 - Rome, Italy
April 2005 - Vanderbilt University
March 2005 - University of Massachusetts
November 2002 - Oberlin College
September 2001 - Duke University
October 2000 - Yale University
April 2000 - University of Texas (El Paso, TX)
April 2000 - Earlham College
April 2000 - Yale University
March 2000 - Bowdoin College
March 2000 - Williams College
February 2000 - National Student Assembly of the YWCA
January 1999 - The Westtown School
November 1999 - State University of New York at Oneonta
May 1998 - Black Lesbian & Gay Pride Film Festival
February 1998 - Brown University
May 1997 - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
April 1997 - Antioch University
March 1997 - London Black Lesbian & Gay Centre Film Festival
December 1996 - University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
July 1996 - National Black Arts Festival
June 1996 - Law Admissions Council
December 1995 - University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
June 1995 - University of Michigan
April 1995 - Emerging Young Wo/men Filmmakers: A Spring Film Festival
March 1995 - Villanova University's Womanist Visions Series
March 1995 - Black Nations/Queer Nations? - A Working Conference
March 1995 - Lesbian Film Festivals (Hungary & Croatia)
March 1995 - Central High School (Philadelphia, PA)
January 1995 - CEC Feminist Film and Video Series (Philadelphia, PA)
November 1994 - University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
October 1994 - Rochester Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival (Rochester, NY)
July 1994 - Various locales in Capetown, South Africa
June 1994 - San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
June 1994 - "Through the Lens 4," WYBE-TV 35 (Philadelphia, PA)
March 1994 - Central High School (Philadelphia, PA)
March 1994 - CEC Feminist Film and Video Series (Philadelphia, PA)
February 1994 - "On the Q-Tip" exhibit, Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA)
November 1993 - Through Our Eyes Film Festival
November 1993 - Chicago International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
May 1993 - Festival of Independents, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema

From Victim To Survivor

Producer of the Work / Filmmaker: 

Women Organized Against Rape & Scribe Video Center,

Filmmaker Facilitator: 

Margie Strosser with assistance from Jennifer Key Baker

Year released: 
1991
Length: 
18 minutes
Price: 

$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses

Buy this Video: 

To purchase a DVD please call 215 222 4201 or email inquiry@scribe.org.

This important video sensitively depicts the ability of victims of sexual assault to become survivors, and shows how Women Organized Against Rape helps women to heal and cope.

Filmmaker's Name: 
Margie Strosser
Filmmaker's Bio: 

Founded in Philadelphia, in 1973, Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) is a vital non-profit organization dedicated to addressing sexual violence in our society. For almost thirty years, WOAR has worked together with police, hospitals and courts to serve the needs of survivors of sexual violence.

Margie Strosser is an award-winning producer, director and writer in television and film whose projects include the autobiographical documentary "Rape Stories," and fictional works such as "Strange Weather" and "Moon Juice." Recently, Margie was the senior producer/writer for three seasons of "Birth Day," the Discovery Health Channel's highest rated daytime show. She and writing partner Cate Wilson are currently collaborating on a romantic comedy and a psychological thriller adapted from a British novel.

Press: 

April 1993 - Afterimage, Volume 20, Number 9, "Envisioning Communities," by E. Deidre Pribam

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