‘MissRepresentation’ film screening examines media and self image … ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ | TheUnion.com

‘MissRepresentation’ film screening examines media and self image … ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’

In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition will be hosting a special screening of the movie "MissRepresentation" at 7 p.m. April 12 at Nevada Union High School's Don Baggett Theatre. The film explores how media furthers the limiting stereotypes of femininity and masculinity on men and women. This film is meant to inspire and empower community members to become engaged in efforts to influence positive change in the way gender is conceived and represented in our culture. The film asks girls and boys alike to think about the effects of the images they see — particularly the ways media affects women and girls' ability to see themselves as leaders and be seen as leaders by others in society.

Included in the film are stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, such as Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem. In addition, "MissRepresentation" accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective, say organizers.

Nevada Union student Soraya E-nuyken has chosen this topic for her senior project and has been instrumental in organizing this important screening, said DVSAC prevention advocate Stephanie Terrassa.

April is a month dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and increasing the public's understanding about sexual violence in society. It also provides opportunities for the community to be directly involved in supporting victims and survivors, their families and organizations that provide crisis intervention throughout the year. Although DVSAC makes a concerted effort to raise awareness and encourage prevention throughout the year, the organization holds special events in April to highlight sexual violence as a major issue. There is a $5 suggested donation for "MissRepresentation" with all proceeds benefitting DVSAC. The Don Baggett Theatre is located at 11761 Ridge Road in Grass Valley.

For information on the film, visit http://missrepresentation.org.

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