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2009.09.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - e-mail: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Women's Studies Program Announces Film Series

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Women's Studies Program announces its 2009-2010 film series. Three films will be shown each semester and are free and open to the public.

"Faculty and guest speakers will offer films that discuss women's issues," said Bridget Blomfield, chair for the events and assistant professor of philosophy and religion.

The showings, hosted by various UNO Women's Studies Program faculty members, start at 7 p.m. in the Eppley Administration Building Auditorium.  An open discussion with hosts, guests and audience members will take place immediately following the screenings.

The fall semester schedule:

- Tuesday, Sept. 15
"Water"
Hosted by Peggy Jones and Michele Desmarais

The film, directed and written by Deepa Mehta in 2005, is set in an ashram in India in 1938. The ashram is exclusively for widows, and the film explores their lives as they make amends for their past sins that have, supposedly, caused the deaths of their husbands. "Water" focuses on women (girls) from the ages of 8 to 80, and how their lives are impacted by religious beliefs.

- Tuesday, Oct. 27
"The Business of Giving Birth"
Hosted by Blomfield and panel

The film highlights how birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life but is often treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency. It also shows how giving birth is also big business. Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies. "The Business of Giving Birth" interlaces intimate birth stories with historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system.

- Tuesday, Nov. 17
"Ma Vie En Rose"
Hosted by Kristin Girten and Tammie Kennedy

The film tells the story of a child who was born male but consistently insists that he is supposed to be a girl. It shows the struggle over gender identity he and his family experience. "Ma Vie En Rose" features a European doll, named Le monde de Pam, that is a clone of the Barbie doll. However, the film-doll's brand is fictional.

For more information, contact Blomfield at bblomfield@mail.unomaha.edu.

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