Rock, Rage, & Self-Defense

An Oral History of Seattle's Home Alive

Film Screening & Reception

Please join Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, American Ethnic Studies, and Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities to welcome founders of Home Alive as well as filmmakers Leah Michaels and Rozz Therrien, UW and Women Who Rock alumni.

Rock, Rage, & Self-Defense: An Oral History of Seattle's Home Alive documents one of the first feminist led self-defense collectives that influenced self-defense curriculum across that nation.

Film Screening @ 1:30 pm in Odegaard Library, Room 136.

Reception @ 4:00 pm in Simpson Center for the Humanities. Communication Building. Room 204.

Recent graduates from the University of Washington, Leah Michaels and Rozz Therrien, received word that their documentary film “Rock, Rage & Self Defense: An Oral History of Seattle’s Home Alive” will be screening at the EMP’s Pop Conference and portions of the film will be shown at the Women Who Rock (Un) Conference. Both events take place on April 25, 2014. The two women started this project over three years ago at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The film follows the origin story of Seattle’s grass-roots, self defense collective Home Alive. Prompted by the rape and murder of The Gits’ lead singer Mia Zapata, as well as other deaths in the Arts and Music community. Scared and infuriated, her friends and community members came together to share their fears and discuss how to be safe in that environment. The result was a low-cost self-defense program. Understanding the connection between self-defense and self-expression, nine women politicized the Seattle scene.

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Co-sponsored by UW Student Life

Wednesday, April 23rd, 1:30pm

1:30 pm Odegaard Library, Room 132 /4:00 pm Simpson Center for the Humanities. Communication Building. Room 204.

Film screening is hosted by GWSS 251/AFRAM 337 "Hip Hop & Indie Rock." The screening is open to all until seats are unavailable.