Gender Studies film series features ‘Sarah’s Key’

Film Series For immediate release: Sept. 6, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — The foreign film series sponsored by the Gender Studies minor at Bloomsburg University will kick off with “Sarah’s Key” Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in McCormick Center, room 2303. The six-film series, which will run through November, will focus on women’s lives abroad and cover a wide range of issues. The series is free and open to the public.

“Often, the best way to appeal to people is by stories,” said Ferdâ Asya, associate English professor and director of the Gender Studies minor. “I want to expose students to life beyond the U.S. and see what women face in other counties.”

The series is meant to show women’s perspectives of the positive and negative situations they encounter, including violence, unhappiness and, in the Sept. 27 film, “The Whistleblower,” sex trafficking.

While gender issues are the obvious focus of the series, Asya stressed that these films appeal to an array of interests. She said each picture will be introduced and the context of the movie will be explained. “For example, ‘Sarah’s Key’ deals with the French resistance during World War II, so the film would also appeal to students interested in history or global issues,” Asya explained. “Rather than focus on one problem, we want to show a variety of issues and hope to create dialogue between students.”

Other films in the series, all shown Thursdays at 7 p.m. in McCormick Center, room 2303, are:“Entre Nous,” Oct. 11; “Bread and Tulips,” Oct. 25; “Blue,” Nov. 8; and “A Dangerous Method,” Nov. 29.

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