Still photo from "The Shape of Water"

Hartwick To Screen Documentary on Visionary Women of Developing World

January 23, 2012

On Tuesday, January 31, Hartwick College will present a screening of "The Shape of Water" (2006, 70 minutes), a feature documentary that tells the stories of powerful, imaginative and visionary women confronting the destructive development of the Third World with new cultures and a passion for change. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. in Anderson Theatre in the Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The film takes us to Senegal, Israel/Palestine, Brazil, and India, where these new cultures, alongside old traditions, end female genital cutting (FGC), offer innovative forms of opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and show how women are spearheading the implementation of renewable resources and rainforest preservation by tapping trees to obtain rubber.

"The Shape of Water" also takes us to a vast co-operative of rural women in India (SEWA) and, in the foothills of the Himalayas, to a farm, Navdanya, set up to preserve biodiversity and women's role as seed keepers. "The Shape of Water" offers fresh and nuanced insights into the lives of women in the Third World. It traces the vital efforts of women who are pioneering social justice and celebrates their success while probing the tensions in their lives.

This event is sponsored by the Hartwick College 2011-2012 Human Question Campus Theme. For more information, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at or 607-431-4666.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable

Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030