Free movie screenings at the American Cultural Center in celebration of Women’s History Month
In honour of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section will host a movie-and-discussion series on three Fridays in March.
The programme will be take place at the American Cultural Center on Independence Avenue, at the Sanlam Centre, Third Floor in Windhoek and all screenings will start at 17:15, free of charge and open to the public.
The movies that start off on 2 March with the Rosa Parks Story: This biopic tells the story of civil rights activist Rosa Parks from her days as a private-school student to her public battle against racism and segregation. As a secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Parks defends local children who have been victimized by racism. But when she is arrested after refusing to give up her bus seat for a white passenger, Parks inspires the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.
On 9 March the center will screen Betty & Coretta: After their husbands’ tragic assassinations, two extraordinary women – Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X – developed a unique friendship spanning three decades as they carried on the Civil Rights movement while supporting their families as single mothers. Through their strength and dignity, they became role models for millions of women.
The last screening which is Won’t Back Down will take place on 16 March. The movies is about two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
Women’s History Month in the United States grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of 8 March as National Women’s History Week. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March. International Women’s Day is also commemorated worldwide on 8 March, and celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women.
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