Floren to take part in movie screening, discussion

The acclaimed documentary Miss Representation is coming to Greenwich on Feb. 5 for a special screening put together by the YWCA of Greenwich and the Junior League of Greenwich and there will be a discussion afterwards.

Miss Representation, which was written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, “exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.” According to event organizers, the film “challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which makes it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.”

It includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, journalist Lisa Ling, U..S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the first female speaker of the house, television hosts Katie Couric and Rachel Maddow, actress Rosario Dawson and feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

The film first premiered in the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival where it caught the eye of OWN, which is the Oprah Winfrey Network. It made its television debut as part of the OWN documentary film club in October 2011, with over 1.3 million people tuning in to its multiple airings.

Now there will be a local screening of Miss Representation on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Bow Tie Cinemas, 2 Railroad Avenue. The evening is hosted by the YWCA and the Junior League. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and following the screening, there will be a discussion led by Teresa Younger, Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149th).

Tickets are available for purchase in advance for $10 each or $15 at the door and are available online at Ywcagreenwich.org by going to What’s Up. For information please contact Nichole Perna at 203-869-6501 ext. 161 or [email protected]

More information about the film is available at MissRepresentation.org and the screening is part of “igniting a cross-generational movement to shift the cultural mindset of communities, interrupt and stop patterns of sexism, change the way women and girls are represented in the media and ensure a tipping point that will lead to gender parity in leadership throughout the United States.”

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