Release Date: 
Tue, 03/12/2013

WXXI Public Broadcasting

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Rochester, New York 14603-3021


Kristin Tutino, Publicist: 585/258-0253


For Immediate Release

(Rochester, NY) March 12, 2013 – The Little Theatre, WXXI, and The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies present ten films in honor of Women’s History Month. The “Women & Power: Women’s History Film Series” runs March 22 through March 28 with all films screening at the Little, 240 East Avenue, Rochester. This series is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

The series kicks off Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. with “Invisible War,” a groundbreaking investigation about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film will be followed by a Q &A with Dr. Catherine Cerulli, Director, Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership, University of Rochester. This film presentation is co-sponsored in part by The Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership. Tickets: $5.

Other films featured throughout the week include:

“Salaam Dunk” l Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. I Tickets: $5
MVP Health Care’s Little Buddies series presents this documentary set in Northern Iraq. “Salaam Dunk” is about basketball, friendship and the pain of losing those we love.  This film presentation is co-sponsored by High Falls Film Festival. 

“Boxing Girls of Kabul” I Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m. I Tickets: $5
This film follows a group of young Afghan women who strive to become world-class boxers. Committed to a challenging regime and enduring family and societal pressures to abandon their training, the women are determined to fight their way onto an international stage.  This film presentation is co-sponsored by The Rochester Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

“Miss Representation” I Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. I Free and open to the public
This film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. This event is co-sponsored by St. John Fisher College.

Oma and Bella” I Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. Tickets: $5

This film takes an intimate look into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two friends who live together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Germany after the war, it is through the food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other, and answer questions of heritage, memory, and identity. This presentation is co-sponsored by the JCC Ames-Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival.

“Pink Saris” I Sunday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5
“Pink Saris” chronicles one survivor’s fight for women’s rights in rural India. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Anthony Carter Ph.D., Chair of the Committee on Demography and Anthropology of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population at the University of Rochester; Ayala Emmett, Ph.D., Professor in Anthropology from the University of Rochester, and Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, Director and faculty of Women and Gender Studies (WMS) at The College at Brockport.

“Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Super Heroines” I Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. I Free and open to the public 
WXXI’s Community Cinema Series presents this documentary that looks at female superheroes, warrior princesses, and other icons of women's empowerment in pop culture. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, Director and faculty of Women and Gender Studies (WMS) at The College at Brockport; Fredericka (Freddi) Macek, Retiree Committee Coordinator at the Rochester Labor Council, AFL/CIO; and Carter Soles, Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at The College at Brockport

“The Price of Sex” I Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. I Tickets: $5
This documentary is about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Jean Pedersen, Ph. D, Associate Professor of History at the Eastman School of Music; Jennifer Creech, Ph.D., Associate Professor of German who also teaches courses focusing on Film and Gender Studies at the University of Rochester; and Angela Clark-Taylor, Program Manager at the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Rochester.

“Water Children” I Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. I Tickets: $5
This film follows the unconventional Japanese-Dutch pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama as she explores the miracle of fertility and the cycle of life—sometimes joyful, sometimes tragic.

“The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima” I Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. I Free and open to the public 
“The Poetry Deal” is an impressionistic documentary about legendary poet Diane di Prima, which tells a story of rebellion and artistic integrity through the life of poet, prose writer, playwright, teacher and revolutionary activist Diane di Prima. The screening will be followed by a poetry reading with Jennifer Litt, Sarah Freligh, and Kitty Jospé. Jennifer Litt teaches writing at Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and is the sole proprietor of Jennifer Litt Writing Services ( Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short PoemsJet Fuel ReviewLake Affect magazine, LUMINA, Mixed Fruit, nycBigCityLit, 1x8x16: Sixteen Poets Respond to the Art of Brittany Ryan and Tilt-a-Whirl.  Sarah Freligh is the author of Sort of Gone and A Brief Natural History of an American Girl. Her work has appeared in The Sun Magazine, Rattle, Brevity, Barn Owl Review and many other publications. Kitty Jospé is a teacher whose code word is “enthusiasm” to bring out the inner spark in others through language, art tours, dance, music. She holds an MA in French from NYU and an MFA Poetry from Pacific University.  This film presentation is co-sponsored in part by Writers and Books. 


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