The Feminist on Cellblock Y



USA | 2018 | 75 min | TBC

A convicted felon builds a feminist movement from behind bars at an all-male prison in Soledad, California.


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Director: Contessa Gayles
Cast: Richard Edmond Vargas


7:00 pm Screening of “The Feminist on Cellblock Y”, a documentary film directed by Contessa Gayles

Richard Edmond Vargas, also known as “Richie Reseda” is a convicted felon who has been serving time in an all-male prison in Soledad, California, for armed robbery since he was a teen. “The Feminist on Cellblock Y,” a documentary produced by filmmaker Contessa Gayles, follows Reseda and his fellow inmates as they participate in a rehabilitation program centered around feminist literature.

“We cannot challenge our harmful behavior without challenging patriarchy,” Reseda says in the film.

8:15 pm Community discussion with panelists:

Emma Lacey-Bordeaux – Producer of The Feminist on Cellblock Y. Emma is a journalist for CNN based in Washington D.C. and as Senior Director for Standards and Practices at CNN, she helps to ensure the integrity of the network’s political coverage.

Julian Diego – Program coordinator at SKETCH and developer of The Element of He, which engages young racialized men to explore healthy masculinity and relationships.

Brandon Hay – Founder of the Black Daddies Club (BDC), with the goal of changing the image of the “absent Black father” that is prevalent in the media and to assist young Black men to become better fathers. In so doing, BDC aims to support Black children, families, and the larger community.

Abi Ajibolade – Executive Director, The Redwood. For the past 20 years, Abi has been a leader in the women’s social justice movement as an advocate in both front-line and managerial roles in the non-profit sector.

Moderated by Jeff Perera – Jeff has worked for the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest grassroots effort to engage men in ending violence against women, and Next Gen Men. He founded and curated the What Makes A Man conference.


General Admission: $25
Seniors, and Students: $25

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