A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem

Friday, October 23, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Online
Admission: Free
Season: 2020-2021


Sponsored by the Galerstein Gender Center, the Gender Studies Program, and the School of Arts and Humanities.

We will host an online screening of A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem followed by a Q&A featuring the director, Yu Gu, and professor Shilyh Warren on October 23rd at 3 p.m.

Watch the screening here

Football and feminism collide in this feature documentary that follows two former NFL cheerleaders who file class-action lawsuits against their teams and the league alleging wage theft and illegal employment practices. After more than 50 years of pervasive silence, these young women expose the gender inequality at the heart of America’s favorite pastime, while facing exile from their communities and the job they love. Their fight is a microcosm of the battle women wage across all industries today.

Hortense Lingjaerde

Hortense is a Swiss native film director, writer and producer from Geneva. Her interests are in family entertainment, musicals as well as documentary production. Hortense graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016 with a BA in Liberal Arts, before enrolling at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts where she completed an MFA in Film & Television Production (2019). In the Fall of 2020, Hortense will be returning to USC School of Cinematic Arts to teach a Documentary Production class. Hortense is drawn to narratives about media for social change, women's rights and coming of age stories. She recently directed Miranda’s Marionettes, a musical short film, for her thesis at USC School of Cinematic Arts focusing on the themes of sisterhood and mentorship.

Yu Gu

Yu Gu is a multinational filmmaker and visual artist whose award-winning films explore the clash between individuals and systems of power. Her latest feature documentary, A Woman’s Work, world-premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in competition. Variety hailed the film as, “Defiant...a tale of injustice that should speak to many.” Following screenings at over 15 film festivals and a college impact tour across the United States, the film will be broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens and released digitally in January 2021. Yu co-directed the feature documentary, Who is Arthur Chu? which premiered at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. Praised as “Raw, unfiltered and poignant” by Indiewire, the documentary won two festival grand jury awards and was broadcast on America Reframed. She is currently directing Interior Migrations, an experimental project documenting the memories of migrant workers in Canada. The first 3-channel short documentary from this project premiered at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood exhibit and participated in The Public – Land and Body, a site-specific installation curated by Anique Jordan. Yu’s work is supported by the Sundance Institute, ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute, Points North Institute, HBO and California Humanities. She was a directing fellow with Firelight Media and Film Independent. Mounting two successful crowdfunding campaigns, she has raised over $50,000 for her projects and surpassed designated goals. Yu received her MFA in film production from the University of Southern California and a BA from the University of British Columbia.


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