Lipstick, Cackles, and Broomsticks: A Hocus Pocus Screening / Critique



Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 7:00 to 10:00


The Khyber Centre for the Arts (1880 Hollis Street)

Lipstick, Cackles, and Broomsticks: A Hocus Pocus Screening / Critique


Do you like nostalgia? Do you like a good ol' popcorn and Bette Midler combo? Do you enjoy watching 1993 try to animate a cat? Do you have feelings about the white and cis-washing of witchcraft? Are you tired of the trope that witches are obsessed with youthful + eurocentric standards of beauty? Do you have feelings about the early ’90’s ~feminist~ film formula? We wanna hear about it!

Come watch Hocus Pocus/ eat snacks/ meet new pals/ laugh/ sing along/ and roll your eyes right into the dang moonlight where ***spoiler alert** these 3 ~villainous vixens~ mayyyy be flying their vacuum cleaner

The screening will be followed by a moderated (but still v casual) group discussion that will examine themes such as: 

-Commodification + depoliticization of the “strong female lead”

-Mass appropriation and white/cis washing of witchcraft and exotification of non-christian spiritualities 

-Anti Black racism and white supremacy that exists in the co-option of ~witch aesthetic~ (and how it became marketable and desirable)

-Sneaky misogyny/ internalized misogyny disguised as ~accurate depictions~ of femme friendships

-Constructions of monstrous femmes in relationship to desirability 

-The tired over-sexualization or de-sexualization mental illness

-Romanticization of the suburbs and (boring/ irrelevant/over represented) upper-middle class gaze 

~No pressure to wear a costume, but if you so choose you will be celebrated and fawned over~

***This event is a PWYC-5$***

Access Notes:

The main entrance to the space is up 2-steps from the sidewalk on Hollis St., however there is the mall entrance further down the block outside on the same street is open during the day until 6PM and can be used for ground level entry. There is not a button to press on the door for it to open automatically but there will be signage available and a volunteer stationed there to open the door if needed from 7:15-7:45. There is an all genders wheelchair accessible washroom (1 toilet - down the hall and to the right) and gender neutral washroom stalls (3 toilets 1 urinal - up a set of 10 stairs and to the left). 

Subtitles on screen. Event is PWYC and snacks will be provided. Childcare available upon request!