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Sundance Film Screening at PVCC March 30

Charlottesville, VA - Miss Representation, a Sundance 2011 film about the medias portrayal of women, will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the Main Stage Theatre of the V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

The presentation is jointly sponsored by PVCC, the PVCC Student Government Association and the Charlottesville Hadassah and is open to the public free of charge.

The 90-minute film is written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and is rated TV-14 DL (suggestive dialogue and coarse language). The film explains how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. It challenges the medias 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.

While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the U.S. is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3 percent of high-ranking positions in mainstream media, and 65 percent of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors. Stories from teenage girls and interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem are featured.

The Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free parking is located in front of the building.

A study guide for the film is available by emailing mking@pvcc.edu.