A documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newson, Miss Representation explores how media misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. The film features interviews with Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi and others.
Christina Schultz, Dixie State College Vice President of Institutional Advancement and DOCUTAH Executive Director said, “We are pleased to showcase this very important film which challenges the media’s limiting portrayal of women and girls. “Research shows that while women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures.”
Shultz said women hold only 3 percent of clout positions in mainstream media. “We are confident that audience who attends the campus screening will leave enlightened and with a new perspective."
In addition to screening the film, DOCUTAH organizers will honor decades of women in Southern Utah government including former female mayors and city council members – many of whom will be in attendance for the evening’s events. A highlight of the evening will be a reenactment of America’s first all-women city council meeting that took place under the direction of Mayor Mary Woolley Chamberlain in Kanab, Utah in 1912.
In addition to Dixie State College and the AAUW, sponsors and supporters of the Miss Representation screening event include American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Utah Business Women (UBW) Washington County Children's Justice Center (WCCJC), The Dove Center and E'lan Women Magazine.
The screening of Miss Representaiton is part of DOCUTAH’s ongoing commitment to provide quality exposure to meaningful documentary films to its community. The Southern Utah International Film Festival was recently listed as one of the nation’s best “Small-Town Documentary Film Festivals for 2012” by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).
The screening of Miss Representation is free and open to the public and will be preceded by a public reception at 6;00PM. CAUTION is advised as the film contains graphic images. For more information, go to www.docutah.com.