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‘Provocative’ film to spotlight media portrayal of women & girls

With female reproductive rights and the debate over the definition of sexual assault filling the news daily, the Women’s Fund of Mississippi has picked an opportune time to premiere a documentary in Jackson on how the media portrays women.

In a press statement announcing the Sept. 13 showing of “Miss Representation” LaFawn A. Gilliam of the Women’s Fund promised a “provocative documentary” detailing the media’s “limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls.”

The film offers “startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective,” says Gilliam, whose organization will present the Mississippi showing at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex Theater, 105 E. Pascagoula St.,

She adds the film has gained international attention.

“Miss Representation” exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America,” Gilliam says. “Such depictions make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.”

Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and insights from successful politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics. Among those featured are Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, and more.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, “Miss Representation” first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it caught the eye of Oprah Winfrey’s organization.

It made its television debut as part of the OWN documentary film club in October 2011, with more than 1.3 million people tuning in to its multiple airings. Additional screenings with corporations, non-profits, religious groups, government organizations and communities are happening every day all over the world.

After the Jackson screening, Executive

Director of the Women’s Fund of Mississippi Carol Penick will lead a community discussion.

Admission is free. An RSVP is required due to limited seating. If you would like to attend, contact kathy@womensfundms.org or 601-326-3001.




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