Post Screening discussion with William Paul Simmons and Agnes Ewongwo. William Paul Simmons is Associate Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies and Honors Interdisciplinary Faculty at the University of Arizona. He employs theoretical, legal, and empirical approaches to study social justice and human rights issues with a focus on marginalized populations. He has served as a consultant on human rights issues in The Gambia (West Africa), China, Mexico and the United States.
Agnes (Aggie) Ewongwo is a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in Physiology, with minors in Biochemistry and Africana Studies. She was born and raised in the West African nation Cameroon and emigrated to Phoenix at the age of 13. Miss Ewongwo is currently writing her Honors Thesis, entitled “Neurobiologic, Physiologic, and Socio-Cultural Outcomes of Women Affected by Female Genital Cutting (FGC),” a comparative study of the impact of FGC on women’s sexual health in West Africa. She plans to pursue a career in medicine as a physician.
Part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council with additional funding provided by Ventana Charitable Foundation, The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, University of Arizona School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and The Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona. Click here to view the films and schedule.
There are more arrests for homosexuality in Cameroon than in any other country in the world. With intimate access to the lives of four young gay Cameroonians, Born This Way steps outside the genre of activist filmmaking and offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life in modern Africa. This is a story of what is possible in the global fight for equality. (Dir. by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann, 2012, Cameroon, 84 mins., Not Rated)