Left on Pearl_Poster


Left on Pearl

DIRECTOR : Susan Rivo
YEAR : 2017
TIME : 55min

Nu Metro 5, 18 Oct @ 2pm | SK Nouveau 5, 11 Oct @ 10am


In 1971 classified ads for employment were still segregated by gender, battered women’s shelters did not exist, abortion was illegal, and a married woman couldn’t open a bank account without her husband’s permission. LEFT ON PEARL is about the movement that changed all that.
LEFT ON PEARL is a 55 minute documentary about a highly significant but little-known event in the history of the women’s liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women. The ten-day occupation of 888 Memorial Drive by women demanding a Women’s Center and low income housing for the community in which the building stood, embodied within it many of the hopes, triumphs, conflicts and tensions of Second Wave feminism. One of the few such takeovers by women for women, this action was transformative for the participants, and led directly to the establishment of the longest continuously operating Women’s Center in the U.S.
Through television news from the time, newspaper headlines, found footage, and extensive interviews with participants and eyewitnesses of varied sexual orientations, racial, class and ethnic backgrounds (including both supporters and opponents of the takeover) LEFT ON PEARL provides a riveting and often humorous look at a fascinating historical moment.

Left on Pearl_Susan Rivo


Susie Rivo, Director and Producer of LEFT ON PEARL, holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Peace in Conflict Studies (1990) and an MFA in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University (2002). She received a 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council award for film and video work. Her award-winning short film AMY was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival. AMY screened at over twenty film festivals and was broadcast on a number of PBS stations, including San Francisco’s KQED and New York City’s WNET, as well as on Czech Republic Television. AMY streams on KQED Interactive. Susie’s documentary-in-progress, “Guardians of the City” was awarded funding from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Fund for Jewish Documentary Filmmaking. Other directing/producing credits include: “Facing Climate Change in Boston”, produced for Mayor Tom Menino’s series of public workshops on the city’s 2010 Climate Action Plan; “The Spirit, The Struggle and the Songs: Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising”; “Harvard Contract 2001” for the Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Local 26; and “The Safest Four Walls”, for Jewish Family and Children’s Services AIDS Project.