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Eleventh Annual International Women’s Day Observance Returns to the Berkshires

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February 17, 2012

Contact: Alice Myers
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
alicem@simons-rock.edu
413 528-7443

Contact: Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Festival Organizer
Browdy@simons-rock.edu
413 528-7224

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA— Women in the Berkshires have a lot to look forward to in the month of March. On Sunday, March 18, 2012 the annual International Women's Day (IWD) conference returns to Great Barrington. The conference enters its second decade in the Berkshires with a day-long film festival honoring the power of the arts as a vehicle for human rights and activism.

Organized by Dr. Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, faculty in Comparative Literature and Media Studies at Simon's Rock, the International Women’s Day event, along with the second annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, will again be observed during Women’s History Month. “This year’s conference complements the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers with a film festival that celebrates women documentary film makers,” explained Browdy de Hernandez.

Co-sponsored by the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series, the festival will screen two films focused on the theme of “Human Rights, Activism and the Arts.” SARABAH, a documentary about a Senegalese rap star’s efforts to use music to advocate for human rights, will run Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. at the Triplex Theater in Great Barrington. In the afternoon, GRANITO will explore filmmaker Pamela Yates’ decades-long involvement in human rights advocacy in the context of Guatemala. Yates will be on hand to discuss her award-winning film following the 2:00 P.M. screening at the Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s Rock.

Festival organizer Dr. Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, faculty in Comparative Literature and Media Studies at Simon's Rock, timed the month long event to coincide with Women's History Month. After a decade of bringing the annual International Women's Day (IWD) conferences to Simon’s Rock, Browdy de Hernandez branched out to organize the countywide Festival. This year, IWD returns to the Berkshires on March 18 as a daylong film festival with screenings of the documentaries SARABAH and GRANITO, co-sponsored by the Berkshire International Film Festival and the Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series.

For more information about the Festival, visit www.berkshirewomenwriters.org.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock has been a leader in educational innovation for more than 40 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after four.