posted November 6, 2012

Film “Miss Representation” to Be Shown on Nov. 12

The award-winning documentary film “Miss Representation” will be shown at Hope College with a panel discussion afterward on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The film explores how the media’s misrepresentation of women, with an emphasis on youth and appearance, has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America.  It includes stories from teenage girls and interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, educators and academics, like Condoleeza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, “Miss Representation” premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and aired on “OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.”  It won “Outstanding Documentary” recognition in the 2012 Gracie Allen Awards.

The presentation is sponsored by the college’s department of education and women’s studies program.  The panel discussion, which will immediately follow the film, will include three members of the Hope community: Becky Schmidt, assistant professor of kinesiology and coach of the women’s volleyball team; John Yelding, associate professor of education; and sophomore Emilly Hickmott, a communication major and women’s studies minor from Decatur.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.