The cult underground movie ‘Born in Flames’ captures the fragmentation of feminism in the 1980’s by showing how different feminist groups and individuals struggle against institutional bias and exclusion in a supposedly post-revolutionary social political system. The screening will serve as a starting point to further explore institutional racism and intersectionality by also looking at the importance of ‘Critical Race Theory’. Critical Race Theory examines power structures, including the law and institutional politics, that maintain white privilege and white supremacy. Join us for an evening with critical storytelling, dialogue and film!

This event can only be attended physically at our studio. The recordings will be made available later on and can be viewed via or via our YouTube channel.

Background Born in Flames & Critical Race Theory
BORN IN FLAMES is considered a classic in feminist/race/gender issues and explores how, challenging ‘Institutional’ organisations, methods and changes, could/should be approached through community consensus however much that community is fragmented. The movie tries to establish the logic and need of a ‘movement’ that finds a ways to work together.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) began to take shape in the supposedly ‘Post-Feminist’ America of the late 1970’s early 80’s. Legal advocates, grass roots politicians, activist, artists and academics slowly began to address the separate elements of institutional racism from their own work. Today, Critical race Theory is taught in Universities in several parts of the world. Do we need to teach and practice Critical Race Theory in the Netherlands as well? If so, how would we do that?

Fifth Friday Sisterhood
The Fifth Friday Sisterhood is a Storytelling advocacy platform based in Amsterdam and committed to creating safe and inclusive intersectional places and spaces, we are a non profit making and unfunded collective, operating with volunteers and donations. For more information contact us at: [email protected]