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Women in Film: The Difficult Kind

by Francile Albright

Next Thursday, March 4th, TPH kicks off a four-week film study program for adults honoring Women’s History Month. Picture House Education Director Francile Albright introduces the instructor Clara Bingham and theme below:

I met Clara in 2019, when she was honored at The Picture House for her contributions to the film industry. Learning about her incredible drive to get The Last Mountain made, and reading about the amazing women whose stories Clara has chosen to tell, was truly inspiring. She’s said of her work, “These are David and Goliath stories. I like to write about whistle-blowers and people who put their lives on the line to fight corruption.” When considering a film study program to honor Women’s History Month, Clara sprang to mind immediately. In addition to the strength and determination she brings to her own work and career, her in-depth knowledge of the history of women’s rights and her experience as a film producer make her the perfect choice to lead this class. 

The program’s theme Women in Film: The Difficult Kind, is inspired by the author Karen Karbo’s In Praise of Difficult Women and her memorable words, “A woman who believes her own needs, goals, and desires are at least as important as everyone around her risks being called difficult. It actually doesn’t take much to be considered a difficult woman. That’s why there are so many of us.”

Using this definition, all of the female characters we’ll be watching in our March film study class, whether fictional or real, qualify! Clara will lead the class through an examination of some of the strong women who have helped shape our country, our culture, and the definitions we use for ourselves. 

To learn more about Clara and her work visit: https://www.clarabingham.com/

Read more about our March film study class and register here.