Cinematic Expression Series- Student Nurses (Stephanie Rothman, 1970)
The School of Film and Media Studies presents lectures by film and media artists and scholars, and screens classic and contemporary films throughout the academic year.
Student Nurses is a feminist experiment in exploitation filmmaking, deploying cinematic schlock to highlight transgressive womanhood as well as radical class and antiracist politics. The film follows the trials and tribulations of four young women studying to be nurses, addressing issues such as the late-1960s youth counterculture, anti-Vietnam War protests, and radical Chicanx political critique. The film was written and directed by Stephanie Rothman, one of the few women directors working in US independent cinema during the period, and it went on to galvanize debates about the role of feminism in popular filmmaking.
Rachel Fabian, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, will present this film, the first of two screenings this semester celebrating cinema’s diverse history by showcasing the work of women filmmakers.
Sponsored by the School of Film and Media Studies, this screening is free and open to the public.