February 23, 2011
Written by Kate Lepard
The Texas Tech University Women’s Studies Program and Office of International Affairs will host a film viewing of, “A Powerful Noise: The Impact of One Voice, The Power of Many” at 5 p.m. March 8 in the International Cultural Center’s Hall of Nations (601 Indiana Ave.).
This film viewing and discussion is part of the Women’s Studies Program’s spring Feminist Forum.
During these forums, the program strives to create an environment where the cultural and social construction of gender can be freely examined by studying the history, experience and contributions of women to society.
This film, shown in celebration of International Women’s Day, tells the story of three different women from three different worlds: Hanh, an HIV-positive widow in Vietnam; Nada, a survivor of the Bosnian war; and Madame Urbain, a worker in the slums of Bamako, Mali.
“A Powerful Noise” highlights the gender barriers these women must overcome in order to have a voice in their societies. Through their empowerment and ability to empower others, these women spark change as they fight AIDS, rebuild communities and educate other young women.
Many films emphasize the glaring differences between developing and developed nations; however, this documentary speaks to the aspirations and abilities that all women share. “A Powerful Noise” is a reflection on the potential of women to change the world.
This event is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available at the International Cultural Center.