18 October 2014

A Brilliant Time in Chicago at the Film Festival - 18 October 2014

I actually did not see any films, but I attended two (2) panel discussions.

Panel 1: In addition to film talked of the work ethos in Chicago.

Panel 2: In addition to film talked of loving and needing to leave your country of birth.  And there was much talk of women pushing ahead with their dreams and talents.

1) The “Shooting in Chicago” panel provides an opportunity for audiences to hear from Chicago and Illinois-based industry leaders, actors, independent producers, and directors and to gain insight into filmmaking in the city. The panel will be followed by an opportunity to tour Cinespace Studios and Periscope Post & Audio, transportation courtesy of Chicago Film Tour. This free panel will take place on Saturday, October 18 at 11 a.m., at the AMC River East (322 E. Illinois St.). Tickets for the panel must be obtained from the Box Office. For details, call 312.332.FILM.
Source: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/the-50th-chicago-international-film-festival-announces-three-world-premieres-in-city-state-program/



Community Cinema Chicago

Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

Chicago, IL

Event Details

Doors open at 1:00pm
2:00pm: Film screening begins
3:00pm: Panel & community discussion

The post-screening discussion will examine the challenges and opportunities facing women in filmmaking, featuring:
Sarah-Violet Bliss, filmmaker (Fort Tilden)
Sepideh Farsi, filmmaker (Red Rose, Tehran Without Permission)
Marie Ullrich, filmmaker (The Alley Cat)
[all 3 filmmakers listed above have films premiering at the Chicago International Film Festival]
Paula Froehle, filmmaker and Executive Director of Chicago Media Project
Megan Maples, producer and President of Women In Film/Chicago
Moderator: Elizabeth Brackett, Correspondent, Chicago Tonight/WTTW

About the Film:
MAKERS:Women in Hollywood showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment. Produced by Rory Kennedy with Producer/Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton. Narrated by Julia Roberts.
Women In Hollywood is one of six episodes in the MAKERS series that profiles the impact women have had over the past 50 years in industries once largely closed to women—comedy, politics, space, war, business, and Hollywood. Through intimate interviews with trailblazing women known and unknown, viewers will be given a rare glimpse—sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always candid—of what it was like to be pioneers in their fields.

Have at It

17 October 2014

Good Night Canada! And The Honourable Woman - And Maybe a Spoiler?

Someone on Facebook just asked a question about the programme, The Honourable Woman.

And the World is quite complex.

And the spoiler alert.... sometimes art imitates life (less dramatically) and.I look forward to the day that I can safely sans bullying talk about...and good night Danny Ayalon.

The World is as She is - complex.

Good Night Canada, and I am spending Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 in Chicago at the Film Fest.


Debra V. Wilson

14 October 2014

In Between Listening to Non-Stop Music in My Head and Other Cerebral Dwellings....

I am planning a trip to Canada, and I am working on other things to hopefully soon move.


Debra V. Wilson


My Cover Letter to Canada

1. I am always hearing music.

2. I am always connecting dots.

3. I love in my head-and on my personal blog thinking of humours scenarios that include Tamir P.  Yes that one. Oh and some of his kind did a great favour for me.  And it still at times moves my heart to see a picture of Danny A.   And it is not because we differ politically.  I am very grateful.

4. I have lovely fantasies about dancing my way through immigration (your border control) with a bottle of something that looks like booze tipped up in the air. I will not actually do it.  Weeeeell who can say?

5. There is the Irish business.  And I am very grateful to the Irishman and the head of what was the IRA in Dundalk. Oh and I have a Dutch friend....

6.  I have networked and worked with some of the most amazing feminists in London, England.

7. I have met some of the most amazing, amazing young men in London, England who have helped facilitate my activism by keeping me safe.

8.  I find great joy in imagining your top Security person with a stitched on smile.

9. I find the World wonderfully complicated, as I love to analyse. And I adore seeing patterns.

10.  I love your country very much.  And I am keen to spend more time there.

P.S. -

C.V. to follow in the mail.


Shim El Yasmine [Mashrou' Leila] - Erik Truffaz Quartet feat. Hamed Sinno - LIVE AT MUSICHALL

13 October 2014

And I'll Be Like: Don't Throw Me Out I Come Bearing Garrett's Popcorn

Get out of my office you crazy American woman. Wait are you still American? No, wait how did you get into my office? And why are you putting me in your blog? No, wait most important who told you about my love of jest and Garrett's popcorn.

I have trouble with some of the activities of this man and his ilk, but I swear I am thinking of hopping on a flight to Tel Aviv.

And Tamir be like: Get out of my office you crazy American woman.  Wait are you still American?  No, wait how did you get into my office?   And why are you putting me in your blog?  No, wait most important who told you about my love of jest and Garrett's popcorn?

Source: http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/CZtrkaaTSin/Israel+Names+News+Mossad+Chief/OruaqLJ_e0B/Tamir+Pardo

And What High School Did You Go To?

I continue to experience the American intelligence community "interaction" with me to be based on fear, humiliation, threats, bullying, harming, ridicule, disrespect, racism, sexism and silencing.

One of the tactics they have used with me is what I call, "reminding me of my roots."

I am very good at noticing patterns, and for many months now when I am in the midst of research something/anything foreign an ad/ads will pop up about looking up high schools or old classmates. I don't click on it, but the ad then appears everywhere.

And then that American woman in Winnipeg who was literally chasing after me at one point

literally completely off topic and out of the blue she asked, "What high school did you go to?" And when I turned around stunned and confused about why this woman a complete stranger went from asking me about Canadian intelligence (???) to my former high school she said even louder, "Debra, what high school did you go to?"

Then there is the FBI. They have gone from believing I was an informant for MI5 to now believing I will be an informant for CSIS/RCMP. And they have conceptualised that with me as dating relationships.

There used to be this FBI guy (and I don't think it was a woman) that would chat with me online immediately after I got out of my job here in Wisconsin....not the government job. He used the name Mark Kennedy, an actual UK informant. And he kept asking me if I was still single.

Oh and then there was the crazy Muslim in the sky, the Muslim flight attendant. That guy who told me Blacks and Hispanics were dirty and lazy, and to stay away from the equally dirty, but mean and racist Jews. I was returning from NYC. And I had been staying near the Israeli consulate.

To this day I wonder why the FBI could not contact me directly and say, "If you are approached by any foreign intelligence notify your nearest FBI office?"

Oh yeah I am being hit with a SHIT load of dating ads that say things like, "Date Well Off Mature Men, 50+ years old."  They regularly show up on my business account, and prove quite disruptive.

And recently I have had some online verbiage pop up on my browser about the CIA.  It just pops up.

And in case you are keeping record, and I know I am…this is post my letter to Senator Feinstein.

I know I am leaving the USA.

I have recently decided I will want to teach at some point in my academic career.

I continue to explore the renunciation of my US citizen at the appropriate time.

 - Signed,
Debra V. Wilson
P.S. - The book writes itself.

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

10 October 2014

The Picture of the Young Lady Having Tea in Turkey

So in Canada I immediately met very, very involved citizens.

And across the board they ALL wanted me to have a realistic view of Canada.

I do now.

That is not to say that I have learned it all about Canada.  I have not.

So on Facebook - again - today I saw a profile pic of a young woman having tea in Turkey.

See spoke with glee of tea, travel, conversation and reading the newspaper.  It was a newspaper from her home.

I am returning to Canada soon. 

It feels like returning home.

We all express love the way we do.

For me it is being a globally aware citizen.

When I saw this young woman having tea in Turkey with a British paper I thought that will be me - again - soon.

For years I introduced myself to people I met in London, England by saying, "I am a Black-American feminist and I do volunteer work here in London."

That very soon will not be my narrative.

I will be in a Canadian university learning and thinking.

I will be a feminist bringing all my experience with me to Canada.

Indeed my narrative has already changed as I again reach out to feminist around the globe.

And now I say, "I am a Black feminist who is planning on do research at a Canadian university. I am looking at Canadian diplomacy, safety and security through the prism of feminism."

Oh and the young woman's photo, yeah I get it.


Debra V. Wilson

P.S. - There is nothing like globetrotting. 


09 October 2014

Huffington Post: Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 94

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-r-enszer/behind-the-issue-sinister_1_b_5882580.html

Julie R. Enszer Headshot

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 94

Posted: Updated:
At the end of a summer of wars, in the midst of a decade of wars, at the beginning of what may be another century of wars, Sinister Wisdom publishes its ninety-fourth issue on the theme of Lesbians and Exile.
Joan Nestle is a member of the board of directors of Sinister Wisdom and pitched this theme as a special issue nearly three years ago. Nestle, born in the Bronx in 1940, spent most of her life in New York City. In 1974 she cofounded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, which still thrives today in its Brooklyn home. Nestle is the author of A Restricted Country (Cleis Press, San Francisco, 2003, first published Firebrand Press, Ithaca N.Y., 1987) and A Fragile Union (Cleis Press, San Francisco, 1998) and editor of seven other books exploring the lesbian body and imagination. Since 2002, Nestle has lived in Melbourne, Australia with her lover, Dianne Otto.
Nestle's formidable editing skills matched well with co-editor Yasmin Tambiah's. Tambiah grew up in Sri Lanka and lived there before and during the war years. She has spent long periods of her adult life in the U.S. and Australia, with stints in Trinidad, India, the U.K. and Spain. Trained as a European medievalist she now researches issues at the crossing points of law, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and militarization in postcolonial states, and also works in research management. Her creative writing has appeared, among others, in Conditions (New York), Options (Colombo), Nethra (Colombo) and ZineWest (Sydney), as well as in anthologies edited by Nestle and by Yasmine Gooneratne. She has won awards for writing from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation in New York and, most recently, from ZineWest in Sydney.
Nestle and Tambiah write in the "Notes for a Magazine:" "We decided to provoke questions about the utility and limits of the term exile by including a spectrum of other processes and states of dislocation, displacement, eviction, illegitimacy, and rejection. These states cannot be considered without simultaneously foregrounding acts of dissent, resistance, and transformations, and always from a lesbian perspective or on a lesbian continuum."

Sinister Wisdom 94
includes work by lesbians from around the globe. Activist Mariam Gagoshashvili wrote "Reportage: My Experience on May 17th 2013, IDAHO Day, in Tbilisi," a detailed, personal account of an attack by counter-protestors in Georgia (Eurasia). The issue includes letters written by out lesbians from Kosovo, poetry by Palestinian writer khulud khamis breaches the subject of citizenship and identity, and Xi'an Glynn's "There is no place for us," which considers exile occurring within the United States itself.
Dedicated to Sunila Abeysekera, a Sri Lankan feminist and human rights activist, Sinister Wisdom 94: Lesbians and Exile investigates the challenges faced by lesbians around the world, examining lesbian identity in relation to social marginalization, dislocation, war and survival.
The rich material gathered in this issue of Sinister Wisdom considers the many facets of exile and its fractured, resilient, and complicated relationship to identity.

The Marker and It All Means So Much, But I Have to Say.

If you get a chance to listen in on the videos of bell hooks at the New School the week of 06 Oct 2014.  Here's is the link:   http://new.livestream.com/TheNewSchool

She touches on so very much that resonates with me....safety, a life of dignity and respect, intellectualism....and so much more.

I am meeting such brilliant, patriotic citizens in Canada.

They have different conceptualisations of what is best for their nation, but they think of their nation often and always with love.

I am seeing so much in Canada that it has at times been overwhelming.

It all means so much.

But what has been the marker is the 519 Community Centre.

It is a mark of a nation that there is a safe space in which to think.

For me that I could safely sit amongst Canadian peoples dressed like the church lady in an openly LGBTQI space and write of my curiosity and ever growing love of Canada is a marker in my psyche.  The fact that I could just sit with myself has meant so very much.

I am left leaning in my politics.

My feminism is as it is.

I am at the moment stateless.

I am working on attending school in Canada.

It is going slow for many reasons, but that nation has my heart.

Still my being is as it is, and I need to be a part of a nation. That is important to me.

It has always been.

And I know that I fit best in Canada.

I bring with me - me and those I have met.

I will not deny those who have helped me, but I may be in disagreement with them at times.

Yesterday on Facebook I saw a young Canadian woman thank the young men followers she had for their kindness.

I envy that she has the safety in her country to do that.

And I can't tell you the number of days I have laughed (to myself) at the conversations I have had with young Muslim men in London, England.  Sometimes the conversations were uneasy, but they were always respectful....and they were so very protective. 

I am meeting a myriad of young men in Canada.

Some are now a part of my circle.

They are from a myriad of religious/belief systems.

They are lovely.

They are respectful.

And without expection they view me as I am, an old  woman.

And there has been NO hate speech about Canada.

All praise due to Allah.

I am planning a trip to Canada.

It will be good to be re-centered.

And it will be another step closer to returning to self.....

I am returning to my beloved Canada.

I am returning to the Hive.


Debra V. Wilson


08 October 2014

And yes I know what it is like to have "them" talk to you as if "they" own you.

As I continue to traverse this difficult situation here in the USA in equal measures I am finding the thought of a second career as a teacher and residency in a new country ever appealing. And in equal measures I find this video heartbreaking and empowering. I did for such a long time know the peace of a safe home and a safe work space. And yes I know what it is like to have "them" talk to you as if "they" own you.

Source is the New School: http://new.livestream.com/TheNewSchool/bell-hooks-Laverne-Cox/embed

Forever Young: A Public Dialogue Between bell hooks & Laverne Cox