Editor's Note: The following is a press release.
Miss Representation, the acclaimed documentary that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and first aired on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), is coming to the Dedham Community Theatre Sunday, June 3 at 9:45 a.m.
Miss Representation challenges the media's 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. The film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.
"I am thrilled to have this movie air in Dedham,” said Liz O’Donnell, a Dedham resident who arranged to bring the film to the Community Theatre. “Children today spend upward of four hours a day in front of the TV screen plus an additional two hours on the computer. And what they get when they tune in and see dangerously thin models and over sexualized actresses is a message that a woman and girl’s value comes from youth, beauty and sexuality, not from her brains or her leadership capacity. That’s a really unhealthy and dangerous message.”
Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective. O’Donnell and Whole Foods Market Dedham will host a community discussion immediately following the film.
Miss Representation comes to Dedham thanks to the generosity of sponsors: Whole Foods Dedham, Needham Bank, Dedham Junior Women's Club, Dedham Parent Time, as well as the Dedham Middle School, Oakdale and ECEC PTOS. The film is free and open to the public. A panel discussion will follow.
Miss Representation will be screened at 9:45 a.m., Sunday, June 3, at the .