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New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker explores the insular world of the elite, white Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras. Questioning their racial exclusivity, she takes an unprecedented insider's look at the pageantry and asks: what does it mean to be the queen of the masked men? As she examines her own place in an alluring tradition, Snedeker challenges viewers to reflect on the roles we all play in our lives. Ideal for courses in gender studies, sociology, anthropology, american studies, multicultural studies, southern history and psychology.

 

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For anyone who wants to understand racism and white privilege, this film is a must-see.
Ron Chisom, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond

By Invitation Only' is a brilliant, and utterly unique examination of class and race privilege, and shows us just how deeply embedded are the structures of entitlement and expectation for members of the ruling class, not only in New Orleans, frankly, but nationwide. Most importantly, Rebecca Snedeker explores the ways in which this system not only dehumanizes those who stand outside of it, but even those for whom its benefits were intended. For those who seek an understanding of what was broken with the American class and race systems, long before Hurricane Katrina, 'By Invitation Only' is a fantastic place to start.
Tim Wise
Author, White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son

Peggy McIntosh
Associate Director, Wellesley Centers for Women
Author, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
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Gerald Peary
The Boston Phoenix
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Abby Ferber
Professor of Womens Studies and Sociology, University of Colorado
Author/Editor, Privilege: A Reader
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  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • National PBS Broadcast
  • New Orleans Film Festival
  • American Sociological Association
  • White Privilege Conference
Rebecca Snedeker Rebecca Snedeker is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work supports human rights, creative expression and her native city, New Orleans. She recently produced a collaborative book project with writer Rebecca Solnit, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (University of California Press, 2013). In film, her directorial debut, By Invitation Only (2006), premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and screened at festivals, conferences and PBS stations nationwide. More recently, she produced Land of Opportunity (ARTE France, 2010), Siskel/Jacobs Productions’ Witness: Katrina (National Geographic Channel, 2010) and Choices, featuring Terence Blanchard and Dr. Cornel West (Six webisodes for Concord Records, 2009). As Archival Researcher and/or Associate Producer, she has contributed to numerous documentaries, including A Village Called Versailles (Independent Lens, 2010), Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (National PBS Broadcast, 2007), and Desire: The Teenage Girls Documentary Project (Free Speech TV, 2007). Snedeker serves on the board of Video Veracity, a fiscal agent for independent media projects, and is an active member of New Day Films, the 40-year-old filmmaker-owned distribution company. Formerly, she served on the boards of the New Orleans Film Society and Patois: the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival. Snedeker received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University.

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