“In Memory of “, is a mural that has been painted in 2015, in memory of three contemporary female Iranian literary figures, activists and poet Forough Farrokhzad, poet Simin Behbahani, and author Simin Daneshvar. They became inspiration and influential women figure who changed women expectation and roles in the society.
Last summer CAMP was contacted by Netflix about shooting a scene in Clarion Alley for a new series called Girlboss that would be released in 2017. CAMP had worked with Netflix in 2014 for the Wachowski sister’s project Sense8. CAMP had agreed to allow the Sense8 series to film on the alley because the scene featured two of the lead characters on the show who are lesbian, one being a transgender woman. As a strong supporter of trans rights, CAMP believed a series written and executive produced by Lilly and Lana Wachowski (with J. Michael Straczynski) was a great opportunity to bring this support to the mainstream. When Sense8 was released in June 2015, members of CAMP watched with pride as our project was included in episode 2 of a narrative that is smart, intriguing, and thoughtful with complex characters that audiences can empathize with and support.
Sadly, that was not the experience that I and other members of CAMP had when we viewed the release of Girlboss on April 21stof this year. The series was pitched to CAMP as a show about the empowerment of women, created and produced by women, including executive producer Charlize Theron. Granted, the first indicator that something was amiss in that summary was the very title “Girlboss.” However, based on CAMP’s previous experience with Netflix and CAMP’s very direct communication with the representatives of Netflix as to what types of programming the project supports, and what it doesn’t, CAMP trusted that the result would be similar to the Sense8 experience.
NOT. At all.