'Miss Representation' challenges media to promote positive female role models
"Miss Representation," a 2011 American documentary film written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, will be shown Monday (April 29) in Minot State University's Aleshire Theater at 7 p.m. The film's motto, "You can't be what you can't see," stresses that young women need and want positive role models, and thus far, the media has ignored its responsibility to provide them. The film premiered in the documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
According to its website, www.missrepresentation.org, the video "challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself." To view an eight-minute trailer of the film, visit http://vimeo.com/28066212.
Several MSU faculty members will lead a question-and-answer discussion period after the film. This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the MSU student organizations KMSU, Public Relations Student Society of America and Media Ink. Freewill offerings will be accepted and donated to Minot's Domestic Violence Crisis Center as well as any toiletries, paper goods, canned goods or cleaning supplies.
For questions, contact Audra Myerchin, assistant communication arts professor, at email@example.com or 858-4238.