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2016 High Falls Film Festival

Left on Pearl – with Director Q & A

Directed by Susie Rivo

USA / 2016 / Documentary Feature Film / 55 mins / English

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Left on Pearl

The Little Theatre - #1
Saturday, November 12, 2016 5:15 pm


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.


This film is generously sponsored by Elaine Spaull, Rochester City Councilwoman.


The Community Partner for this film is The Center for Youth Services.

Director's Bio

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

Dates & Times

Left on Pearl

The Little Theatre - #1
Saturday, November 12, 2016 5:15 pm


Elaine Spaull