Carson Heimann ’15 will screen the new documentary, “Miss Representation,” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. After the event, a panel assembled by Heimann will discuss the issues touched upon in the film and field questions from the audience.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film explores how the media’s misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Premiering this summer at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the film aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in October.
As a senior in high school, Heimann interned with the filmmaker while Newsom was working on the documentary. Currently taking an introduction to women’s studies class, Heimann is using the film as her “public intervention” for her class, which requires students to bring to light issues pertaining to women.
“‘Miss Representation’ is a very knowledgeable and fun film that I believe answers many questions women are dealing with today,” says Heimann. “I think it offers to the HWS community the opportunity to see what it is like for women today to be living in a male-dominated society. As college students, I also think we have the opportunity to learn and grow from such a film, and make a change at HWS and the world at large.”
Newsom is the founder and chief executive officer of MissRepresentation.org and the founder of Girls Club Entertainment.
For more information about the documentary and the movement it inspired, visit http://missrepresentation.org/.