LTCC puts empowerment on screen |

LTCC puts empowerment on screen

Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theater will present “Until the Violence Stops” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

The movie documents how playwright and activist’s Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” grew into an international grassroots movement called V-Day to stop violence against women and girls. In 2002, 800 cities around the world participated in V-Day by staging benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues.” Until the Violence Stops shows women from Harlem to Ukiah, Calif.; from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Philippines and Kenya, uniting.

Director Abby Epstein embarks on a journey into the hearts of women and includes testimonies from men, who expose social and cultural attitudes that perpetuate the violence against women. Everyday women and celebrities like Rosie Perez, Salma Hayek, Tantoo Cardinal, Jane Fonda and LisaGay Hamilton embrace their bodies, reconcile their pasts and bond together to break the silence that surrounds abuse.

More than just testimonies and performances, “Until The Violence Stops” is a film about empowerment and the importance of dialogue in the healing process. A celebration of women reclaiming their bodies and lives, this moving documentary leaves us with hope that change can happen.

“Until The Violence Stops” premiered in 2004 at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast premiered on Lifetime Television. It has been screened at the Amnesty International Film Festivals in Amsterdam and Vancouver, as well as at the Miami and Maui Film festivals. In September, Toni Childs, David Ricketts, and Eddie Free received the 2004 Emmy award for “Best Original Song” for “Because You Are Beautiful” and in November, the film won top honor – the Gold Audience Award – at the Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver.

Tickets are $5 for general admission, $4 for seniors, children and LTCC students with an ID card.

All proceeds will benefit the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Tahoe Youth & Family Services, and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

For more information, call (530) 416-5682.

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