PETOSKEY — The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan will host two local screenings of "Miss Representation" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at North Central Michigan College; and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Charlevoix Public Library.
"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 more than 1.3 million people tuning in to its multiple airings. Additional screenings with corporations, nonprofits, religious groups, government organizations and communities are happening every day all over the world.
Support for both events comes in part from the Women's Resource Center's 100 Men Campaign, Zonta Club of Petoskey, Progressive Women of Charlevoix County and Charlevoix Area Zonta Club, with support from Lakeview Dentistry, Mason & Kammermann and Central Drug Store.
"Miss Representation" focuses on how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film, written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls.
"Miss Representation" includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics including Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne and Gloria Steinem.
The distribution of the film "Miss Representation" has been the catalyst for a social action campaign led by MissRepresentation.org. The campaign seeks to empower women and girls and provide them with new opportunities to realize their full potential.
For further information about the local film screenings, contact the Women's Resource Center in Petos-key at (231) 347-0067 or online at wrcnm.org.