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Video challenges attitudes toward battered women

Grace Poore, video producer, writer and director, will screen her award-winning video "Voices Heard Sisters Unseen" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Room 100 of the art building.

The video, which earned the director a Canadian award at the Bettina Russell Film/Video Festival, weaves the perspectives of battered women in the United States who are frequently overlooked and ignored because they are deaf, sex workers, undocumented ("illegal aliens"), lesbians, have disabilities or live with HIV/AIDS.

Society needs to realize that "the kind of help a woman gets as a battered woman is unavoidably related to how she is or is not viewed as a woman by society," Poore says.

Born and raised in Malaysia, Poore is a graduate of Syracuse University and has lived in the United States for the past 20 years.

Her visit is being coordinated by the women’s center in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The women’s studies program and School of Fine Arts are co-sponsors. For more information, call the women’s center at 9-1510.

Date Published: 10/11/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 11


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