Jan 9: Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Film Festival presents “THIS AIN’T YOUR MOTHER’S THEATER COMPANY!”

Dance Mission’s COMHAR Festival presents
Art, Healing, and Public Health: A film festival
Jan 7-10, 2021

COVID-19 has magnified almost every existing structural inequality in our society. And yet, when it comes to health, people are still speaking about wellness as a question of personal rather than social responsibility.  Presented by Dance Mission’s COMHAR Festival, this four day film festival examines the intersection of health and socio-economic / racial inequities, and how art plays a critical role in the path towards wellness. Art does more than deliver a message. It is itself medicine.

Each day we will host a different free, online screening of a film that dives into these topics of art, healing, and public health.  Films will be shown via Zoom (registration required – see below) and also on Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission’s Facebook page.  Note: Zoom is recommended for best screening experience. Tickets are free. Donations gratefully accepted.

Jan 7
at 7pm PST: Unnatural Causes… Is inequality making us sick?A documentary by California Newsreel. Tickets.
Jan 8 at 7pm PST: reimagining the city as our own. A film by Skywatchers and Irene Gustafson. Tickets.
Jan 9 at 7pm PST: This Ain’t Your Mother’s Theater Company! A documentary by Bruce Schmiechen featuring the Medea Project. Tickets.
Jan 10 at 7pm PST: FREE: The Power of Performance.A documentary on Destiny Arts. Tickets.

This festival is funded in part with support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and Grants for the Arts.

This Ain’t Your Mother’s Theater Company!
Featuring Rhodessa Jones, founder & director of The Medea Project.
56 min

Saturday, January 9 at 7pm PST

Watch trailer.

Stories of heartbreak and healing from The Medea Project – Theater for Incarcerated Women/HIV Circle, an ensemble of women working together across backgrounds, race and ages, finding power in telling their raw truths – to themselves and to the world.

Founded in San Francisco County Jail by Rhodessa Jones, The Medea Project brings a unique voice to theater – women whose stories would never be told without the anchor and support of the group’s powerful creative process. And how finding voice is crucial to health.

This Ain’t Your Mother’s Theater Company! is searing dramatic narrative of the deep connections between women’s health and reproductive rights, and the stark realities of rape, of living with HIV, and of women finding their voices through art in a patriarchal and often brutal world.

Featuring Rhodessa Jones, founder & director of The Medea Project.
Music by Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids.

Produced, filmed and edited by Bruce Schmiechen.

REGISTER to watch this film via Zoom.
The film will also be shown on Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission’s Facebook Page. (Note: Zoom is best method to view film.)
The film is free. Donations gratefully accepted to support the work of the featured artists and Dance Mission.

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