Dinner at Jane's
Almost 100 years after its founding, a dinner party occurred at Chicago’s Hull House that re-called the spirit and flavor of those earlier times through the lives of contemporary women activists from around the world. In the manner of turn-of-the-century Hull House, when agendas for change and visions of a better future were part of each evening’s meal, fourteen impressive international women activists were invited to dinner. The dinner was the opportunity for them to participate in a work of art by actively envisioning the future within the context of Hull house, rich with historical significance for women and for a changing society. The documentation of this memorable dinner, with guests that included Gloria Steinem, Dolores Huerta, Susan Faludi, Nawal El Sadawi, and Anita Hill forms the subject of this documentary of an important meeting between fourteen truly great women. The video positions a very contemporary discussion within the context of a rich history of women’s activism in Chicago.