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Community Cinema with WKAR in mid-MichiganMonthly film screenings from September through June at a range of venues in our community, from libraries to arts centers to college campuses. Community Cinema screening events often include panel discussions with leading community-based organizations and special guest speakers, and connect to local resources and programming designed to help people learn more and get more involved.Community Cinema is a national community engagement program of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Independent Lens, in partnership with PBS and WKAR Public Media from Michigan State University. For more on this national project, visit communitycinema.orgFollow this page for updates on Community Cinema with WKAR in mid-Michigan.

Community Cinema: Half the Sky

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FREE – Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. | WKAR launches Community Cinema for mid-Michigan with a preview screening of "Half the Sky" and community discussion moderated by Judy Karandjeff.


This is the first in a new series of presentations from WKAR Community Cinema, a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the PBS series, "Independent Lens."

The evening includes a 40-minute preview screening of the upcoming documentary series, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." The documentary is based on the best-selling book by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and features celebrity activists Eva Mendes, America Ferrara, Meg Ryan, Olivia Wilde and others as they travel the world in search of stories about women who are challenged in a variety of ways because of their culture or traditions.

Following the screening, the communty discussion will be moderated by Judy Karandjeff, vice president of advocacy for the Michigan League of Women Voters. Guest experts include Lynn Paine, professor of teacher education and an adjunct professor of sociology and women's studies within Michigan State University's Department of Education; and Amy Jamison, assistant director of the University's Center for Gender in Global Context.
The full evening with screening and discussion will be about 90 minutes, and will include light refreshments and the opportunity to win prizes from WKAR.

The full "Half the Sky" four-hour series airs across two nights, on Monday and Tuesday, October 1 and 2, at 9 p.m.

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This event is free, but registration is required. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Community Cinema: Half the Sky takes place in the Communication Arts & Sciences Auditorium (Room 145), 404 Wilson Road on the campus of Michigan State University. Parking is free (after 6 p.m.) in the Trowbridge Road parking ramp, near the South, Main Lobby.
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