Iowa Women’s Archives hosts Women’s History Month events

The Iowa Women’s Archives will host two free, public events in March for Women’s History Month, one on feminist documentary filmmaking and the other about the Triangle Factory fire of 1911.

Award-winning filmmaker Marlene Booth will present a talk, “Tell Me a Story: Making and Learning From Documentary Films,” on Tuesday, March 22. A reception at 4 p.m. will be followed by the presentation from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Iowa Women’s Archives, located on the third floor of UI Main Library.

Born and raised in Des Moines, Booth looks back—with clips from her films—on 35 years of filmmaking as a woman, a feminist, and a dyed-in-the-wool Hawkeye.

Booth, a lecturer in film at the University of Hawaii, has worked in film since 1975, both as an independent and for public television station WGBH-TV in Boston. She has produced and directed several major documentary films screened on PBS, at national and international film festivals, and in classrooms nationwide. Booth’s 1999 film, Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa, explores her Iowa-Jewish roots and uses home movies, period photos, her high school reunion, and interviews to examine the process of negotiating identity, as an American, a Jew, and a woman. Yidl in the Middle will be screened at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in Hillel, 122 East Market Street in Iowa City. A question-and-answer session with the director will follow.

The Iowa Women’s Archives will close Women’s History Month on Friday, March 25, with “In Memoriam: The Triangle Factory Fire 100th Anniversary,” from noon to 1 p.m. in room 2032 of UI Main Library. This event commemorates the 146 young, immigrant garment workers who lost their lives in this tragedy in New York City. Remarks by Linda K. Kerber, UI professor of history, will begin at noon, and dramatic readings by Carol MacVey and UI theatre students will follow, with comments by playwright Janet Schlapkohl.

Call 319-335-5068 for more information on these events.