Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed (12A*) + ScreenTalk

Part of: Nevertheless, She Persisted

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Shirley Chisholm

US politician Shirley Chisholm achieved a number of important firsts in her career, none more audacious and inspiring than her campaign to seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1972. 

Already a trailblazer, Brooklynite Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to the US Congress in 1968, representing New York. Honest, forthright and a skilful orator, Chisholm caused a stir in announcing her candidacy for president.

Underestimated by many, including other (male) members of the Congressional Black Caucus – a group that she also helped to found – Chisholm faced the double discrimination of racism and sexism, taking on naysayers with wit, intelligence and spot-on pronouncements. 

Shola Lynch’s documentary features interviews with supporters and opponents alike, contextualised by emotive footage of Vietnam War protests, the Black Panthers and the Women’s movement. After the presidency of Barack Obama and the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chisholm’s story takes on even greater bearing. This is a woman everyone should know about. 

Zing Tsjeng, Broadly Editor, VICE, will moderate a discussion with Bonnie Greer and Harini Iyengar after the film.

US 2004 Dir Shola Lynch 77 min

Harini Iyengar is an elected national Spokesperson and Member of Policy Committee, and a founding member, of the Women's Equality Party.  She stood for Parliament in 2017 and for the Greater London Assembly in 2016 and will be standing in the Hackney local elections in 2018.

Harini earns her living as a barrister, is a Governing Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and sits on the Temple Women's Forum Steering Group and the Bar Council Retention Panel.  She is currently writing A Practical Guide to the Law of Gender Pay Gap Reporting due for publication in September and frequently appears on BBC, Sky and other media as a legal expert on a wide range of equalities issues. Harini is an Independent Governor of London Metropolitan University.  She is the lone parent of three school-age children.

*This film is locally classified by Barbican Cinema 

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This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is a classification for any film which is directed by a woman, and/or written by a woman, and/or features significant women on screen in their own right.

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