Catherine Russo Documentaries

The U.S. women's movement changed the social and cultural dialog in this country and Boston was one of the centers of this movement.  On March 24th I presented a rough cut version of the production at the famous Harvard Square Brattle Theater. It was a sold out audience and I received a standing ovation. People were hungry to see this revolutionary history.

Starting in 1968, the Second Wave of Feminism rippled across the U.S., demanding expanded possibilities for women of all races and classes.  In the Boston area, students, professionals, community activists and working class mothers came together to demand change. This feature length documentary provides testimony of the movement's transforming energy, creativity and determination. Many of the culture wars being waged today came out of this movement and the backlash it incurred.  The video traces the history of the women's movement coming out of the Anti-war and Civil Rights movements and continuing through the 1970s. This production includes 22 interviews with movement activists and archival material in the form of photos, videos, posters, music, graphics, newsletters and newspapers from the period. I worked for years to locate this material, asking women for their personal collections and searching through libraries and the web. 

This video is not about feminist stars as defined by the media.  The interviewees are the women who fought these struggles in groups and collectives and developed a new way of working together.  They include working class women, black women, Latinas, lesbians, socialist feminists and the radical and cultural feminists of the late 60's and 70's.

I doubt that you have seen this revolutionary force portrayed before.

Catherine Russo


“Hi Catherine,
I feel so fortunate that I had the opportunity to see your documentary - "A Moment in Her Story," both poignant and evocative. Thank you for sharing your film. I wish all women had access to this, and in particular, our younger generation — that is, they tend to default to the idea that feminism is somehow "bad." That, in of itself could be a discussion!
Anyway, I will certainly refer many other women, particularly those that I work with, to your work.
I cannot thank you enough for such a meaningful experience.

Take care and thank you so much again,”
Jennifer Phillips


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