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UIS to present screening of documentary "The Shape of Water"

September 13, 2007

Contact: Kimberly Craig, 217/206-6245, kcrai01s@uis.edu

Discussion with filmmaker will follow

SPRINGFIELD – Filmmaker Dr. Kum-Kum Bhavnani will show and discuss her documentary The Shape of Water at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 20, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on campus at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  An informal reception with Dr. Bhavnani will immediately follow. Both the screening and reception are free and open to the public.

The event is part of the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speakers Series at UIS and is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Bhavnani is a scholar, writer, and cultural critic who worked with broadcast media in Great Britain in the 1980s before coming to the United States in 1991. In Britain, she created radio programs for trade union organizations, including interviews with organizers such as Arthur Scargill, leader of the British mineworkers union.

The Shape of Water, which she produced and directed, takes viewers around the globe for a look at five "powerful, imaginative, and visionary" women who are working to create social justice by confronting destructive development in Third World countries. In Senegal, women discuss reasons to preserve or abandon the practice of female genital cutting. In the Middle East, the group Women in Black offers innovative forms of opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In Brazil, women spearhead efforts to preserve the rainforest by tapping trees to obtain rubber, a renewable resource. In India, the Self-Employed Women's Association – a co-operative of over 700,000 women – makes services such as loans, literacy programs, and health insurance available to poor women and their families.

The ECCE Speakers Series at UIS is part of the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience, a distinctive set of courses taken by UIS undergraduates and designed to foster both appreciation and practice of diversity and efforts to make a difference in the world. ECCE Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.  Upcoming programs in the series include Jonny Dubowsky's "Rock n' Renew," which combines lecture with music to educate young people about the sustainability of our planet, on October 18; and  Dr. Helen Ullrich of Tulane University speaking on "The Road to Bangalore and Beyond: The Cultural Response of a South Indian Village to Education" on October 25. 

More information about The Shape of Water is available at www.theshapeofwatermovie.com/. More information about the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience at UIS is available at www.uis.edu/generaleducation.

For more information about the ECCE Speakers Series, contact Kimberly Craig, series coordinator, at 217/206-6245 or at speakerseries@uis.edu.



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