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Wilton's Trackside Center To Screen Documentary 'Miss Representation'

Wilton's Trackside Teen Center  screens "Miss Representation" on Nov. 12.
Wilton's Trackside Teen Center screens "Miss Representation" on Nov. 12. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton's Trackside Teen Center will screen "Miss Representation," a documentary that exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

It will be shown Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The Center is located at 15 Station Road in Wilton.

The film debuted in the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it caught the eye of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. It made its television premier as part of the OWN documentary film club in October 2011.

“Through personal stories and provocative interviews, Jennifer crystalizes the relevance of the media and its portrayal of women in today’s society,” said Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer for OWN, in a statement.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the movie challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful.

"Miss Representation" includes stories from teenage girls and features interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric and Rachel Maddow among others.

“We are thrilled to have so many outreach opportunities for 'Miss Representation'. This film was made to be a change agent in our culture, to inspire both women and men to recognize women's collective voice, leadership capacity and equal rights,” said Newsom in a release.

The distribution of the documentary has been the catalyst for a social action campaign led by MissRepresentation.org, which seeks to empower women and girls and provide them with new opportunities to realize their full potential.

Contact Wilton Youth Services at 203-834-6241 for more information.

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