UNT to present Fem Flicks film series

Monday, September 14, 2009

What: Fem Flicks 2009 -- A series of documentary films focusing on women and women's  issues, from sexual violence and female Army personnel in combat to recovery from eating disorders, presented by University of North Texas Women's Studies and the UNT Media Library.

When: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 31 (Wednesdays)   

Where:  Room 111C of UNT's Chilton Hall, located at the southwest corner of Avenue C and hestnut Street (410 Avenue C)

Cost: Free

Contact: UNT Women's Studies Program, 940-565-2098

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Six documentary films focusing on women's issues -- including a Sundance Film Festival winner that become the inspiration for a United Nations resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war -- will be showcased in Fem Flicks 2009, a free film festival presented by the University of North Texas Women's Studies Program, Women's Center and the UNT Media Library.

One film will be shown every month from September to March except during December. The films are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month except for November's film, which will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday. All films will be shown in Room 111C of UNT's Chilton Hall, which is located at the southwest corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street, and each film will be followed by a discussion.

"The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo" will begin Fem Flicks 2009 on Sept. 30. The winner of the 2008 Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary, the film was shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers since the country's civil war began in 1998. The film focuses on rape survivors in hospitals, shelters and remote villages, with activists, peacekeepers, priests and physicians giving their perspectives on the fate of Congo's women, and the filmmaker confronting Congolese soldiers who are unabashed, and even boastful, about the rapes they have committed.

Other documentaries in the Fem Flicks series are:

Oct. 28 -- "Miss Navajo" --This 2007 film follows a 21-year-old contestant in the Miss Navajo Nation pageant as she prepares to answer tough questions in the tribal language, which she barely speaks, and demonstrate proficiency in fry bread making, rug weaving, sheep butchering and other skills essential to daily tribal life.

Nov. 11 -- "Lioness" -- Released in 2008, this film offers an unprecedented look at war through the eyes of the first women in U.S. history to be sent into direct group combat. These Army personnel -- mechanics, supply clerks and engineers -- fought beside the Marines in some of the bloodiest countersurgency battles of the Iraq War. "Lioness" is being shown on Veterans' Day.

Jan. 27 -- "Beauty Academy of Kabul" -- This 2004 documentary follows American women and their opening of an American-style school for beauticians in Kabul, Afghanistan. Some of their students are women who maintained "underground" beauty salons while the city was under strict Taliban control

Feb. 24 -- "Thin: Death by Eating Disorder" -- This 2005 film tells the stories of four women living at The Renfrew Center, a residential facility in Coconut Creek, Fla., that treats women with eating disorders. The filmmakers received unprecedented access to the meetings, therapy sessions and meals that make up the daily life for those undergoing treatment.

March 31 -- "Lake of Fire" -- Released in 2006, this documentary provides a look at abortion, giving equal time to the pro-choice and pro-life sides and covering arguments from either extremes of the spectrum, as well as those at the center.     

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