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Environment / Sustainability

Third World women: Creators, not victims

November 1, 2011

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon narrates the documentary, 'The Shape of Water,' which will be shown on campus Wednesday, November 2. 'Kum-Kum Bhavnani has made a film about hope, not despair,' Sarandon says, 'about courage, not sentimentality...'

Wednesday, November 2
7 p.m.
Behavioral Sciences, Room 131

Women, Population & the Environment  and SoGES are hosting a free screening of the documentary, The Shape of Water.

The film highlights the personal stories of women in Senegal, Brazil, Israel, and India, addressing issues of third world development including:

  • Traditional practices (FGM),
  • Peace (the Israeli occupation of Palestine),
  • Environment (sustainable forestry practices), and
  • Social justice (female entrepreneurship).

The film's awards include: Best Feature Documentary, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora film festival; Best Director, Documentary, San Francisco Women's Film Festival; and a Hugo Television Awards Gold Plaque for Special Achievement, Music Score.

A discussion following the film will be lead by Alex Bernasek, Ph.D., Department of Economics.

About Alex Bernasek

Bernasek is a feminist economist who's work covers a range of topics, all with a focus on gender.  She has written on the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, women's informal sector work in developing countries, financial decision making and investing, retirement, and self-employment in the U.S.  

Her work has been published in Economic Inquiry, The Southern Economic Journal, the Journal of Economic Issues, Review of Social Economy, among other journals.

Contact: Brooke Osborne
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