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Accent on the Feminine: The Cinema of the Working Woman
Shelly Isaacs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: In every culture, the debate over a woman's role in the workplace is never-ending. Should and can their work define them, or should women be content to be defined as mothers and helpmates? These films explore the changing role of women in both modern and evolving cultures.

1. Fireworks Wednesday: Iran - On the Persian New Year, spending her first day at a new job, a young woman who is planning her wedding, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks - a domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.
2. Two Days One Night: France/Belgium - When a factory worker discovers that her workmates have opted for a bonus in exchange for her dismissal, she has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.
3. The Maid: Chile - A microcosm of Latin social hierarchy while also focusing on one woman's journey to free herself from a mental servitude of her own making.
4. Facing Windows: Italy - A compelling portrait of a woman struggling with her marriage and her mission in life. A strange meeting begins a journey revealing how the memories of those who truly touch our hearts can inspire us to lead better lives.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Shelly Isaacs is known for his Cafe Cinematheque and Senses of Cinema programs available throughout South Florida. Since 2000, he has curated and hosted programs in theaters, libraries, museums and other universities in Miami, Aventura, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Previously, he enjoyed a career as a creative director/writer in advertising, spanning over 35 years, specializing in Feature Film, TV and Radio promotion. Shelly holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he served as an Adjunct Professor in graduate-level Cultural Studies. Since 2009, Shelly has expanded internationally, presenting his programs on cruises throughout the world.

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Mondays, January 29; February 5, 12, 19
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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