A screening of the award-winning film Miss Representation will be on November 8th at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College. Doors open at 7:00 and the film starts at 7:30. After the screening, there will be a moderated community/panel discussion.

Miss Representation first premiered in the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival where it caught the eye of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. It made its television debut as part of the OWN documentary film club in October 2011, with over 1.3 million people tuning in to its multiple airings.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film 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 herself.

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. www.missrepresentation.org

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality–and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made strides in leadership over the past few decades, the U.S. is 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures, women hold only 3 % of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating.

This is not just another documentary on body image and the media.  It goes further than that.  It shows that even when women get into positions of power, influence, business, politics, the media minimizes these achievements.

Presented by the Comox Valley Transition Society, Comox Valley Girls Group and the Comox Valley Women’s Business Network. Generous support and venue provided by North Island Collage and the Human Services Department.

Tickets now available – Visit the following Eventbrite site to get your tickets: http://missrepresentation-wbn.eventbrite.ca/

Note: This film was rated 14DLwhich means:

(Parents are strongly cautioned/May be unsuitable for children under 14 years of age)

Parents are strongly urged to exercise greater care in monitoring this program and are cautioned against letting children under 14 watch unattended.

D for intensely suggestive dialogue

L for strong coarse language