Game Changers: Women in Film (Losing Ground)

January 26 '2020 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Academy Room


Losing Ground (1982) directed by Kathleen Collins

One of the first fictional features by an African-American woman, Losing Ground  tells the story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers, a professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand "ecstasy" just as her painter husband Victor sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy.  The film was never theatrically released. It was shown once on PBS's American Playhouse, and then it effectively disappeared. Twenty-five years after her mother's death, Nina Collins rescued the original negative and created a beautiful new digital master of her mother's film.

This film is part of a yearlong, international film series highlighting the remarkable and innovative work of women filmmakers and women on screen. All fourteen films in the series are directed by women and focus on women’s experiences. Film production and financing span eight different countries. This series is sponsored by the College Library, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Film & Media Studies with additional support and film selections by The Center for the Sustainable Environment; French & Francophone Studies; Italian Studies; Judaic Studies; and Spanish and Latin American Studies. For more information, visit