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Source: Valerie Carroll, 785-532-7274,
News release prepared by: Megan Wilson, 785-532-6415,

Thursday, March 19, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The women's studies program at Kansas State University is sponsoring screenings of films about women of color in March and April.

The three film screenings are free and open to the public. A brief film discussion, about led by faculty members from the women's studies program, will follow each screening. All films will be shown in 001 Leasure Hall.

The film series seeks to foster a dialogue among students, faculty, staff and the public on the experiences, histories, and issues concerning women of color. The films also provide a starting point for discussion about and by women of color in the United States and globally, according to Valerie Carroll, a women's studies instructor.

The screening schedule is:

* 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 27: "The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter." This documentary film is about the American women who went to work during World War II to do men's jobs. The screening also is a part of K-State's observance of Women's History Month.

* 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 3: "My American Girls: A Dominican Story." This film captures the joys and struggles over a year in the lives of the Ortiz family, first-generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Directed by Aaron Matthews, the film captures the rewards and costs of pursing the American dream. From hard-working parents who imagine retiring to their rural homeland, to fast-tracking, American-born daughters caught between their parents' values and their own.

* 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 24: "The Songs Are Free: Bernice Johnson Reagon and African-American Music." In the film, Reagon, founder of the musical group Sweet Honey in the Rock and curator of the Community Life Division of the Smithsonian Institution, discusses with Bill Moyers how black music has shaped the African-American experience and identity. Musical performances and archival footage of Reagon and noted Civil Rights leaders are included in this documentary.