The University of Arizona, in partnership with local activists and philanthropists, is shining a spotlight on the issue of women’s empowerment and human rights by hosting a series of events from Nov. 14-18.
Through a play, a documentary, and a series of workshops, the organizers hope to raise awareness about critical human rights issues affecting large numbers of women and girls around the globe. The events coincide with International Education Week, coordinated by the Office of Global Initiatives.
The first event will be a screening of a documentary film by Nilima Abrams, titled “The Tent Village,” on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. The documentary provides a rare view of roadside dwellers filmed by their children; and an exploration of innate worth. The teenaged filmmakers provide nuanced perspectives on child marriage, caste stigma, and addiction. Though unflinchingly honest, the story is gently hopeful and cross-culturally relevant.
The documentary will be shown at The Loft Cinema, located at 3233 E. Speedway, as part of The Loft Film Festival. Tickets will be available starting Oct. 20 through the Loft ticket office. The documentary includes a post-show Q&A with the filmmakers.