Sun, 08/28/2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
WXXI's Community Cinema invites you to a free screening of Peace Unveiled.
Join us Sunday, August 28 from 2-4 pm. for WXXI's Community Cinema presentation of Peace Unveiled. The event is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at WXXI's Studios (280 State Street), and will be followed by a discussion led by Kit Miller, who serves as the director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.
When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that womenâ€™s rights donâ€™t get traded away in the deal. One is a savvy parliamentarian who participated in writing the Afghan constitution that guarantees equality for women; another, a former midwife who is one of the last womenâ€™s rights advocates alive in Kandahar; and the third, a young activist who lives in a traditional family in Kabul. Convinced that the Taliban will have demands that jeopardize womenâ€™s hard-earned gains, they maneuver against formidable odds to have their voices heard in a peace jirga and high peace council. We go behind Kabulâ€™s closed doors as the womenâ€™s case is made to U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Womenâ€™s Issues Melanne Verveer, General David Petraeus and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who promises the women that â€śpeace and justice canâ€™t come at the cost of women and womenâ€™s lives.â€ť But will this promise be kept? Narrated by Tilda Swinton.ď»ż
More about the WXXI guest, Kit Miller, who will lead the discussion after the screening:
Now the director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolenceď»ż, Kit's prior position was as director/celebrator of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication in Oakland, California. After coming to understand through meditation about violence within the human heart and mind, Kit began learning about and organizing for nonviolence for the last 18 years in many capacities. She teaches about nonviolence in the Rochester area and co-leads retreats for peacemakers each year in California and in Scotland. Kit is a certified permaculturist, which she experiences as an applied nonviolence practice, and is active in the US Transition movement to create sustainable communities worldwide. ď»ż
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