Thursday, March 05, 2009

"A Powerful Noise" Live: one-night run for documentary film and town hall about women in the Third World


Tonight (Thursday March 5) iFathom aired a one-time showing of a film (production company Unify Films, director Tom Cappello, Scott Thigpen and Jennifer Fineran, producers, Sheila C. Johnson, executive producer, about 85 min) “A Powerful Noise”, in a town-hall event from Hunter College in New York City called A Powerful Noise Live.

The main theme of the event is that women should be empowered in the developing world as a main strategy for leading the third world out of poverty.

The film traces three women, one in Vietnam, one in Mali, and one in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in their efforts to improve their world.

In Vietnam, HIV infection is becoming rampant, and the heroine leads a effort to discourage heroine use, and visits a coal mine. In Mali, a woman fights the tribal customs of female circumcision and builds a rural school. In one scene, fifth graders are shown getting a plane geometry lesson that looks pretty sophisticated for the grade (I know, I have taught math before). In Bosnia, scenes of manual harvesting are shown (I saw manual tilling from a train from Cracow to Warsaw in 1999) and a woman starts a raspberry processing factory as a local business. In all the areas, women are often raising families without husbands, and older children often wind up raising younger siblings who are not “theirs.”

The one-show at a Regal in Arlington VA was almost sold out, in a large auditorium. The sound did not work for about ten minutes.

The panel discussion was hosted by Ann Curry, with these guests: Nicholas D. Kristof, Christy Turlington Burns, Dr. Helen Gayle, Natalie Portman, and Madeleine K. Albright.

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