Debbie Does My Dad (co-programmed w/ SCA)
At first, the idea of sitting through a 70s porn film in Ackerman Grand Ballroom was so cringe-worthy that I ruled out attending the event entirely. But after realizing that my reaction was more of a general default than an informed decision, I checked out the event information and realized that I was falling into the exact mindset that WorldFest looked to overcome with their event. So I decided to stop taking myself so seriously and go. And much to my surprise, my initial reservations were immediately forgotten.
The night started off with some Spoken Word performers reciting a range of works about the expression of sexual experiences, from the exploration of the human body to violation of it. The performers did a great job at facilitating a comfortable environment and open environment for the screening of Debbie Does Dallas, which was actually not at all painful and awkward, as I had initially expected, but rather, hilarious and insightful. This opened up the room to comfortable and honest dialogue afterwards. Through this program, WorldFest was successful in expanding my perspective and made me realize that sex can be and should be a part of our everyday discourse.
Art Gallery Reception: Around the World
WorldFest’s art gallery Around the World was an insightful snapshot into the global community at UCLA, exhibiting artwork inspired from different cultural perspectives. What I enjoyed the most was the photo displays of UCLA students who were asked to answer the question “Who Am I?” as it was fascinating seeing the views of what is most indicative of identity to different cultures.