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2008.02.27> For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

CCSW March Film Series at UNO Explores Women's Roles

Omaha - Four films directed by women about women's issues will be screened this March at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) Women's Film Series is being held Mondays in conjunction with Women's History Month.

"CCSW received a Nebraska Humanities Council grant to support a women's film's series featuring documentaries by women film makers about women's issues worldwide," said Marvel Maring, CCSW co-chair. "The films are part of a new collection at the Criss Library from the Women Make Movies distributor."

Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, the organization provides services to users and makers of film and video programs.

"There are 38 film festivals solely dedicated to showing the work of women directors throughout the world," Maring said. "At the CCSW film series, four moderators will also introduce each film and guide the audience in a discussion and question and answer period at the end of each film."

All screenings are free and open to the UNO community and the public.

Beginning Monday, March 3, the films will be screened from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Eppley Administrative Building Auditorium.  Each film will be shown on Mondays in March with the exception of spring break on March 17.

The films comprise of a variety of genre and formats: experimental, narrative and documentary. The series is being shown in partnership with the UNO Faculty Women's Club, UNO Women's Studies Program, Film Streams and Omaha YWCA.  A brief synopsis of each film is provided below.

March 3
- "Mohawk Girls," by Tracey Deer
2005, 53 minutes
The film intimately captures the lives of three exuberant and insightful Mohawk teenagers as they face their future. It provides viewers with a glimpse of what it is like to grow up Native in 21st century America.
Moderator: Carolyn Fiscus, professor of sociology at UNO

March 10
- "Gender Chip Project," by Helen De Michiel
2005, 54 minutes
Essential viewing for students, educators, counselors, policy makers and parents. The film is being hailed as an important resource for addressing the disparity of representation of women in science, technology, engineering and male (STEM) fields.
Moderator: Andrea Zardetto-Smith, assistant professor of psychology at UNO

March 24
- "Enemies of Happiness (Vores Lykkes Fjender)," by Eva Mulvad and Anja Al-Erhayem
2006, 59 minutes
The film is a revelatory portrait of freedom fighter and women's rights activist Malalai Joya.  It chronicles the way she won the hearts of voters, as well as provides a snapshot of the life and politics in war-torn Afghanistan.
Moderator: Shaista Wahab, professor in Criss Library

March 31
- "Quick Brown Fox, An Alzheimer's Story," by Ann Hedreen and Rustin Thompson
2004, 62 minutes
Filmmaker Ann Hedreen's mother started showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease at the barely-old age of 60. The film is described as a "moving family journey with an insightful look a the science and politics of Alzheimer's," a disease that now affects more than 18 million worldwide.
Moderator: Judith Levin, professor of English at Creighton University

For more information, contact CCSW co-chairs Maring at (402) 554.2992 or Becky Bohan Brown at (402) 554.2243.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles. For details visit http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw/index.php.

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