Documentary Films as a Safe Space to Promote Gender Equity in Higher Education Settings in Mozambique

Author(s): Tânia Machonisse
Final project
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Gender and Education
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This essay is inspired by my living experience as an African feminist woman and media practitioner who believes that media, especially documentary films are interesting and important safe spaces to promote marginalized and alternative agendas so that gender equity and social justice can be addressed, presented, and normalized in the public sphere. In this paper, I use the Feminist Film Theory to conceptualize the debate regarding the possibilities that documentary films represent to incorporate female media practitioners and their agendas into the media industry,, the challenges that women face as professionals inserted in a male-dominant profession, as well as the role that academia has to play in order to promote and shape a generation of media professionals that values women's leadership and understands the power of media as a public pedagogy that should be committed to a democratic and inclusive society. Finally, I propose the development of a media criticism syllabus that relies on the feminist pedagogy to introduce, reflect, and prepare journalism students at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique to analyze and practice alternative agendas regarding gender equity and social justice.