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Women and Gender Studies

Varner Hall, Room 512A
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2154

Women and Gender Studies

Varner Hall, Room 512A
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 38th Annual Women and Gender Studies Film Festival: March 2021
"No Box for Me: An Intersex Story"

About the Film

This year, we will present "No Box for Me: An Intersex Story" (2017), Devigne; French, subtitled in English.  58 min.

This beautifully crafted, poetic documentary joins brave young people as they seek to reappropriate their bodies and explore their identities.  The film revels both the limits of binary visions of sex and gender, and the irreversible physical and psychological impact of non-consensual surgeries on intersex infants.

View a trailer for the film.


The presentation of the film will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 1:00-3:30 P.M. in the Human Health Building, Room 1050 on the Oakland University campus.

(This event will follow OU guidelines in response to health requirements. Masks are required to be worn by all attendees and a health screening form for guests will be provided upon entrance into the event.)

The film will be followed by a discussion about intersex identities and activism in Michgian and beyond, featuring Dr. Georgiann Davis.

Georgiann Davis is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Her research and teaching are at the intersection of sociology of diagnosis and feminist theories. Among other scholarly contributions that appeared in outlets ranging from Ms. Magazine to the American Journal of Bioethics, she is the author of Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis. She is currently working on a new book entitled #INTERSEXYFAT: Words Against Normalcy. She is a former board president of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth (2017-2020) and a past-president of InterConnect Support Group (2014-2015). You can read more about her research, teaching, and activism at www.georgianndavis.com


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 2022 WGS Film Festival: The College of Arts and Sciences; Communication, Journalism and Public Relations; English; Film Studies and Production; Philosophy; Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice; Management and Marketing; University Libraries; WXOU Radio and The Oakland Post.

Previous Film Festivals

Current and Previous Film Festival Topics

  • 2020 - 2021 KIKI (2016)
  • 2019 - 2020 Kiki - Event Canceled due to Covid-19, rescheduled for March 2021
  • 2018 - 2019 Challenging Femme Phobia: Breaking the Gender Binary  in Queer Communities
  • 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