To mark International Women’s Day, we invited a member of the Serendipity team to tell us more about For Colored Girls, which is screening at Phoenix on Wed 6 Mar.
Following Serendipity’s last film programme at Phoenix, Seen and not Heard: Black Women (for Black History Month 2018), we’re excited to present For Colored Girls this March.
International Women’s Day has been around for over a century with the initial gathering happening in 1911. The day is not country, group or organisation specific – it belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
For Colored Girls is a film adapted from Ntozake Shange’s 1974 original choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf”. The original theatrical version of the choreopoem was a series of twenty separate poems choreographed to music that weaves interconnected stories of love, empowerment, struggle and loss into a complex representation of sisterhood. It tells the story of a group of Black women who live in the same Harlem apartment and their challenges, heartbreak and personal crisis.
Crystal (Kimberly Elise) faces an unhappy existence as an abused lover. Jo (Janet Jackson) is a successful magazine editor, but her husband has a secret double life. Juanita (Loretta Devine) is a relationship counsellor but cannot seem to get her love life in order. These three and others become bound together by their experiences.
Directed by Tyler Perry, For Colored Girls, speaks to everyone, not just Black women. As well as this, the screening celebrates the work of the late Ntozake Shange and the uncensored, true to life nature of her work.
International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally or at a local level. For Colored Girls shares these values, speaking to everyone.
For Colored Girls screens Wed 6 Mar, 7pm.
Click here to find out more about the film and to book tickets.