“Appalshop has always had powerful women filmmakers and powerful women to document – in fact more women than is humanly possible even by a committed group of filmmakers. Fortunately Appalshop’s male filmmakers are some of the few I’ve known who consistently include women in their films. This, I believe is inevitable with the style of story-telling, inclusion, and interest in the grassroots that has been part of Appalshop since its beginnings.
When I moved to Texas, my first impulse was to find women with similar passion and understanding as those in Appalachia. I began to document women involved in two labor and civil rights stories – the San Antonio pecan shellers strike of 10,000 led by Emma Tenayuca and the uprising of black women workers in Nacogdoches – both stories buried deeply because of class, race, and gender. Fifteen years later, that film is finally finished and will play this Friday at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, a wonderful place similar to Appalshop in its warmth, inclusion, and commitment to social change.”
Please enjoy and share this special compilation of Anne Lewis’s Appalshop work for this Women’s History Month series, Women of Appalshop.