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Women in the Media is the topic of a free documentary showing at the HHRC

Posted Nov. 13, 2012, at 11:25 a.m.

AUGUSTA, ME—The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) will host two free screenings of the award-winning documentary Miss Representation at the Klahr Center on the UMA campus on Thursday, November 15th at noon and 7 p.m.

One of the hits of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem make the case that in a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader.

Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

The film runs 90 minutes and is presented as part of the HHRC’s Documentary Series, a program presenting free documentaries that deal with important issues. There will be complementary food and drink, and donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information call 621-3530 or visit hhrc.uma.edu.

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