For Immediate Release
WXXI’S COMMUNITY CINEMA SCREENING SERIES RETURNS WITH COMPELLING FILMS FROM PBS’ INDEPENDENT LENS TO FOSTER DIALOGUE AND ENGAGEMENT
Rochester, New York (August 8, 2011) – WXXI continues its free Community Cinema screening series, featuring films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, beginning Sunday, August 28 from 2-4 p.m. with Peace Unveiled. The screenings are held at WXXI's Studio (280 State Street, Rochester, NY), and are followed by a lively panel discussion to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. The screenings are free, open to the public, and reservations are not required. To learn more, visit <WXXI.org/communitycinema> or call (585) 258-0200.
Kicking off the series on Sunday, August 28 is Peace Unveiled, a film by Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker. When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that women’s rights didn’t get traded away in the deal. One is a savvy parliamentarian, who participated in writing the Afghan constitution that guarantees equality for women; another, a former midwife who is one of the last women’s rights advocates alive in Kandahar; and the third, a young activist who lives in a traditional family in Kabul.
Additional Community Cinema film screenings and dates:
Sunday, October 16, 2-4 p.m.: Deaf Jam
Sunday, November 13, 2-4 p.m.: We Still Live Here
Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2-4 p.m.: Hell and Back Again
Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2-4 p.m.: Strong!
Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative that brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical issues. The national project is supported in part by Independent Lens, PBS, CPB, National Endowment for the Arts, Women & Girls Lead, National Center for Media Engagement and ITVS.
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