Monday, June 19, 2006

until the violence stops

i went to a screening of Until the Violence Stops at the museum of radio and television. Eve Ensler introduced the film after she was introduced by Pat Mitchell of CNN.
the film was part of the first VDAY NY film festival. The film festival will then close with a screening of Until the Violence Stops (2003) introduced by Eve Ensler. This Emmy Award-winning documentary follows the grassroots impact of V-Day, an international movement to end violence against women and girls that grew out of Ensler's play, The Vagina Monologues. Directed by Abby Epstein; 2004 V-Day Productions

i found this film more moving than i thought i would. Being away from this work for two months, i found myself touched by the stories. The film shows the monologues being done in Harlem, and then it spotlights the abuse of women in the Philipines, sex workers and the Lila who were captured and comfort workers for Japanese soldiers. They are old women now who want to be recognized by the Japanese government for the rapes that they withstood, sometimes serving 17 soldiers a day.
the domestic violence in the Lakota community in the badlands of SD was the subject of this film and finally, female circumsion as shown through the eyes of Agnes, one african woman who walks from tribe to tribe to educate women to stand up against circumsion. VDAY helped raise money for a Van and a Safe house

Eve Ensler is profiled as is Rosie Perez as victims of violence. there are lots of snippets of the monologues as shown around the country and the world.