February 28, 2012

03.08.12 – Screening of Miss Representation @ Concordia


The Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Breast Cancer Action Montreal, FemmeToxic, Girls Action Foundation and the Department of Communication Studies present:

The 8th Annual Lanie Melamed Memorial Event
Refuse to be Toxified!

… + Film Screening and discussion
+ Thursday, March 8, 2012
+ 7 pm
+ Concordia Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve W.)
DB Clarke Theater
+ Free!

This International Women’s Day, join us to celebrate the 8th Annual Lanie Melamed Memorial Event with a call to action campaign that seeks to empower women and girls to challenge limiting labels in order to realize their potential!

The event will include a screening of the award winning documentary MissRepresentation, a film that explores women’s under-representation in positions of power and influence and challenges the limited and often disparaging portrayals of women in media. Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom brings together some of America’s most influential thought leaders in politics, news, entertainment, and academia, including Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Geena Davis, Lisa Ling, Marissa Mayer, Cory Booker, Jean Kilbourne, and Jackson Katz, to give us an inside look at the media’s messaging. As one of the most persuasive and pervasive forces of communication in our culture, mainstream media is educating yet another generation that a woman’s primary value lies in her youth, beauty and sexuality—not in her capacity as a leader.

A trailer for the film can be seen here:

Following the screening, an interactive panel discussion will inspire change and provide the audience with the opportunity to reflect on the film’s messages.

Sonali Karnick from CBC Radio One

Panel guests:

Erika Jahn graduated from Harvard (’10) with two degrees in religion and politics, then worked at Breast Cancer Action Montreal on issues of women’s and environmental health. She continues to blog for BCAM and its youth initiative, FemmeToxic on these topics. As a self described community-builder and activist, in April 2011, Erika co-founded The Gaily, a Canada-wide critical online magazine in addition to serving as president of CAEO Quebec, an organization serving Montreal’s anglophone LGBTQ community with programs like Gayline and SILK. She currently works at AIDS Community Care Montreal as the Coordinator of Fundraising. She is a passionate activist for animals, women and the environment and takes every opportunity to work and collaborate with projects aimed at anti-oppression and empowerment.

Liz Miller is a documentary maker, community media artist, and professor in the Communication Studies program at Concordia University in Montreal. Her documentary films, “Novela, Novela” and “The Water Front” have been exhibited and broadcast around the world and used to impact policy and educational initiatives. Miller leads media training for human rights advocates and has developed media projects with women, youth, senior citizens and a wide range of human rights organizations. Her recent book/DVD/website, Mapping Memories: Participatory Media, Place-Based Stories & Refugee Youth is being used to raise awareness around the situation of refugee youth in Montreal ( Miller is a co-founder of the Concordia Documentary Centre and is on the board of Cinema Politica as well as the International Association of Women in Television and Radio (IAWRT).

Tatiana Fraser co-founded Girls Action Foundation in 1995, and provided the leadership for Girls Action’s growth and expansion on a national level. Ms. Fraser has greatly contributed to the expansion of all-girls leadership and empowerment programs across Canada. Tatiana is deeply committed to collaboration and building bridges across generations and sectors in order advance girls’ and women’s leadership and representation. In 2010, Ms. Fraser was awarded of an Ashoka fellowship and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential women in Canada (Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100).

After 16 years growing Girls Action Foundation, Tatiana stepped down as Executive Director to take a sabbatical and carry out research on girls and women’s issues.. Tatiana’s vision is to take time to reflect and share learning’s, to build on the success of Girls Action, and to innovate new ways to create systems change and influence across sectors.

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