Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, and adapted several times since, The Color Purple is packed full of feminist themes and feminist baddies.
The film follows main character Celie (portrayed in her youth by Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, and in adulthood by Fantasia Barrino) through many hardships, including abuse that followers her throughout childhood and into her adult life. Celie begins to escape the grip of her oppression when she finds a community of other Black women who show her empowerment and independence.
It’s guaranteed to be a great night – Rotten Tomatoes gives The Color Purple an audience score of 95% and says its a “crowd-pleasing testament to resilience in the face of trauma“.
Content warning: The film has serious themes – incest, marital abuse/rape, sexism, and racism – and many scenes include violence and abuse.
Auckland Women’s Centre is kick-starting its 2024 fundraising efforts with LIDO Cinema’s one-time only screening of this film. Help us to raise money for women of Tāmaki Makaurau – half of the proceeds will go towards Anti-Violence Action (coordinated by the Centre) and the other half towards our Centre-based services. There has never been a better time to step up both our advocacy and support to make Tāmaki a better place for wahine.
Anti-Violence Action (AVA) takes action against gender-based violence in all its forms through raising awareness, advocating for legislative chance, and providing information and resources to the public. AVA’s first campaign is to push for stalking to be outlawed in the Crimes Act – which several major parties agreed to pre-election thanks to AVA’s efforts. With the money raised from this movie night, AVA will be able to hold our new government to its promises.