Washington State University Vancouver's Diversity Council will be holding the third annual Diversity Film Festival 2010, running from Sept. 13 to Sept. 16 in the Multimedia Classroom building, room 6. The festival's theme is "Women & Diversity: Discovering Place, Space & Self." Snacks and refreshments will be provided, and all screenings are free and open to the public.
The selected films focus on the challenges women and girls face as they seek to establish their place and identity within society. While the settings and situations are varied, taken together these stories provide a powerful testament to the collective struggle shared by women and girls across cultures.
The screening schedule will be:
• 4 p.m. Sept. 13, "Babies"
• Noon Sept. 14, "Temple Grandin"
• 4 p.m. Sept. 14, "Persepolis"
• Noon Sept. 15, "Trouble the Water" (pictured)
• 4 p.m. Sept. 15, "Volver"
• 4 p.m. Sept. 16 , "Frozen River"
For more information about each movie, visit events.vancouver.wsu.edu/
The films were chosen by the Diversity Film Festival Committee, which includes Denise Beachum, office of academic affairs, Diversity Film Festival Committee co-chair; Linda Campbell, College of Liberal Arts; Jorge Lizárraga, College of Liberal Arts, Diversity Film Festival Committee co-chair; and Wendy Olson, English department.
The committee put out a call for film nominations to WSU Vancouver students, staff and faculty last year. They also accepted nominations from the general public through their Facebook page. About 100 films were nominated and considered for the festival before the committee defined the theme and finalized selections.
The Diversity Council adds all screened films to the campus library's collection. This allows the films to be used in classes and to be checked out by individual members of the WSU Vancouver campus community. The library currently houses DVDs of all films screened during the first two Diversity Film Festivals.