Miss RepresentationOn Thursday, November 29 at 6:30pm in the Ledcor Theatre in the Art Gallery of Alberta, check out the wine and dessert reception followed by the 90 minute screening of Miss Representation; a film that explores the impact media has not only on women but society as well. After the film a panel discussion will prompt participants to think critically and further examine the limitations that stereotypes place on our society. This dynamic panel will be moderated by local journalism consultant and educator, Karen Unland. Panelists include Brittney LeBlanc, Paula Simons, Dr. Michelle Meagher, and Mackenzie Martin.

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.

Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film 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.

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 great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

Miss Representation, a 90 minute documentary had its premier at the Sundance Film Festival and its broadcast premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in October of 2011.

The Edmonton screening taking place on November 29 is presented by the Junior League of Edmonton. See more and purchase tickets here.

Miss Representation Trailer (2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection).

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