Left on Pearl – with Director Q & A
Directed by Susie Rivo
What happens when Boston’s 1971 International Women’s Day marchers turn Left on Pearl Street in Cambridge, to seize and occupy a Harvard-owned building for a women’s center? This fast-paced documentary explores why and how hundreds of women of diverse backgrounds decided to take a radical, collective action that would change their lives. We also see how this action intersects with the fight of surrounding African-American neighborhoods against displacement by Harvard University’s expansion. Left on Pearl documents a watershed moment in the early days of the Women’s Liberation Movement. http://www.leftonpearl.org
This film is generously sponsored by Elaine Spaull, Rochester City Councilwoman.
The Community Partner for this film is The Center for Youth Services.
Director Susie Rivos’s award-winning short film “Amy” has screened at numerous film festivals, including Sundance and SXSW and was broadcast on public television. She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist award for filmmaking. “Of all the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the women’s movement is the least represented on film,” Rivo said.
Cinematography: Lynn Weissman
Editor: Iftach Shavit