Alum Susie Rivo's Documentary 'Left on Pearl' Screens at La Femme International Film Festival
BROADWAY WORLD -- The acclaimed film takes us back to 1971 when International Women’s Day marchers took over a Harvard Building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a women’s center, on land sought by the largely African-American Riverside neighborhood for affordable housing? How and why did hundreds of women of diverse backgrounds decide to take a radical, collective action that would change their lives? How did this action intersect with the surrounding African-American neighborhood's fight against displacement by Harvard University's expansion? What is the legacy of this action almost 50 years later?
Director/producer Susie Rivo holds a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema production from San Francisco State University. Her award-winning short film Amy screened at numerous film festivals, including Sundance and SXSW and was broadcast by WNET, KQED and other PBS stations and in the Czech Republic. She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist award for filmmaking. Her documentary Left on Pearl was supported by Mass Humanities, the Puffin Foundation and a Blaufarb Award from the Tamiment Library at New York University. She is a resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.