Thursday, February 4, 2010

MIT Women and Gender Studies Present:

MIT Amnesty International Presents...

Screening of "View from a Grain of Sand"
followed by a Q&A discussion panel with the director & producer "Meena Nanji".

Wednesday, February 10
*Free*/*Food Provided*

About the movie "View from a Grain of Sand": Shot in refugee camps of Pakistan and the war-torn city of Kabul, three remarkable Afghan women lead us through the maze of Afghanistans complex history, informing this examination of how international interventions, war and the rise of political Islam have stripped Afghan women of their freedom over the last thirty years.

About the director & producer "Meena Nanji": Meena Nanji is a South-Asian Kenyan American filmmaker that has produced, written and directed award-winning independent documentaries and experimental videos. Titles include Voices of the Morning, a 15 minute piece about the effects of orthodox muslim law on a young women, Living in Colour about 2nd generation South Asian youth living in Los Angeles, It Is A Crime, and others.

Co-sponsors: MIT Center for International Studies, MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies

MIT's 2010 VDAY Production of...

Friday, February 12, 2010 and Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 8PM Sunday, February 14th at 2PM Bldg 32-123

Tickets are available for purchase at and in the Student Center 2 weeks prior to the show. Tickets cost $10 for the MIT community and $12 otherwise. All proceeds support Emerge Global (

Three nights of humor and pathos brought to MIT by students, alumnae, and staff, The Vagina Monologues debuted at the Institute in 2002, making this the ninth annual production. MIT is proud to be one of a thousand participating colleges and universities staging benefit shows through the V-Day world-wide movement to end violence against women. Based on V-Day founder Eve Ensler's Obie award winning play, The Vagina Monologues explores and celebrates women's sexuality -- its delights, pains, actualities, and vulnerabilities. Through intriguing testimonies from real women all around the world, the show has developed into a wonderful phenomenon that peers into women's fantasies and fears.

The Vagina Monologues brings together a diverse group of people from the MIT community, with vastly different backgrounds and interests, united under the common goal to stop violence against women. All proceeds from the MIT production go to local anti-violence organizations helping them to continue and expand their core work. In the past, we have raised up to $11,000 during a single production for local beneficiaries.

Along with The Vagina Monologues, the MIT student group Stop Our Silence holds events that raise community awareness on issues affecting women such as rape, domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual slavery. Grassroots movements like V-Day have made significant progress to educate the public and raise awareness about the impact of violence against women. The Vagina Monologues joins their efforts.

You can find our actresses and production staff in the Stratton Student Center Feb 1st-5th and 8th-12th from 10am-4pm selling tickets, t-shirts, buttons, vagina temporary tattoos and chocolate vagina pops.

The Vagina Monologues 2010 are sponsored by ARCADE, Women's and Gender Studies, the Women's Fund, and Copytech.

So support vaginas.
Support women.
Support our willingness to talk about vaginas in public.

Until the violence stops...

~The Vagina Monologues Producers
To learn more about the worldwide "The Vagina Monologues" campaign, visit

By: Daphne Strassmann

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