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Women and Gender Studies

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2154

Women and Gender Studies

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2154

young woman seated on a wooden bench with others behind her

Film Festival

Each spring, the OU Women and Gender Studies program presents a film festival featuring compelling and thought-provoking documentaries, panel discussions, refreshments and stimulating conversation. Free and open to the public, all are welcome to lean a critical and insightful eye to current topics of importance to the women and gender studies community.

2021 WGS Film Festival

The 37th Annual Women and Gender Studies Film Festival: March 2021
"KIKI (2016)"

About the Film

This year, we presented KIKI (2016), a look inside the world of new generation of LGBTQ youth-of-color who practice the performance-based artform of Ballroom. KIKI follows seven characters from the Kiki community over the course of four years, using their preparations and spectacular performances at events known as Kiki balls as a framing device while delving into their battles with homelessness, illness and prejudice as well as their gains towards political influence and the conquering of affirming gender-expressions.


The presentation of the film took place virtually on Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. 

You can still participate

The event was recorded for viewing at your convenience.  We invite you to view the video here.

Questions or comments about the WGS Film Fest or ideas for topics or films for future events can be directed to the WGS Assistant Director, Erin Meyers (emeyers@oakland.edu) or WGS Director, Ami Harbin (aharbin@oakland.edu).


The Women and Gender Studies Program would like to thank the following departments and colleges on campus for their generous support of the 2021 WGS Film Festival: The Center for Ethics; The College of Arts and Sciences; Film Studies and Production; English; Communication, Journalism and Public Relations; History; Philosophy; Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice; University Libraries; Management and Marketing; The Oakland Post; and WXOU Radio.


The Women and Gender Studies Program would like to thank the following individuals for their assistance in planning the WGS Film Festival and creating promotional materials: Erin Meyers (chairperson), Theresa Anasti, Bridget Kies, Alison Powell and Jennifer Thor.

Previous Film Festivals

Current and Previous Film Festival Topics

  • March 2020 Kiki - Event Canceled due to Covid-19, rescheduled for March 2021
  • 2019 - 2020 Challenging Femme Phobia: Breaking the Gender Binary  in Queer                                 Communities
  • 2018 - 2019 Making Masculine & The Same Difference
  • 2017 - 2018 She's Beautiful When She's Angry
  • 2016 - 2017 STYLE BEYOND THE BINARY: Transgender Visibility and Recognition
  • 2015 - 2016 GAME NOT OVER: Gender and Digital Culture
  • 2014 - 2015 American Revolution­ary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
  • 2013 - 2014 Grrrls at the Mic: Power & Protest in Punk and Hip Hop
  • 2012 - 2013 Bully
  • 2011 - 2012 Miss Representation
  • 2010 - 2011 From Hysteria to Disorder: Manufacturing Disorder of Female Sexual Desire
  • 2009 - 2010 Women in War / Women on War
  • 2008 - 2009 On Our Way to the White House? Women and Electoral Politics
  • 2007 - 2008 Revolutionary Women in the Work Force
  • 2006 - 2007 Women and Globalization: Merchants or Merchandise?
  • 2005 - 2006 Why Can't I Look Like that Model?
  • 2004 - 2005 Muslim Women, in their own words
  • 2003 - 2004 Women and Sports
  • 2002 - 2003 Are you a Woman? Or a Man?
  • 2001 - 2002 Fast Talking Dames
  • 2000 - 2001 Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood
  • 1999 - 2000 All Dressed Up: Underpinnings of Feminism in Film and Fashion
  • 1998 - 1999 Breaking Silences: Representations of Women in the Non-Western World
  • 1997 - 1998 Journey to Community: Women, AIDS and Film
  • 1996 - 1997 The Ties That Bind: Families in Film
  • 1995 - 1996 Women and Work in Contemporary Film
  • 1994 - 1995 Telling Women's Lives