Leadership and Social Change Film Festival, Feb. 28-Mar. 1

Gwen O’Brien 
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 284-4579

February 22, 2012 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Justice Education Program at Saint Mary's, the College will host the Leadership and Social Change Film Festival, Tuesday, February 28 through Thursday, March 1. The films, which are free and open to the public, will be shown in the Vander Vennet Theatre on the ground level of the Student Center each night at 7 p.m. Click for a campus map.

“Our film series commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Justice Education Program at Saint Mary's College, where we educate women leaders in Catholic Social Teaching’s call to work for justice in our local and global communities,” said Jan Pilarski, director of the Justice Education Program.

The film festival is co-sponsored by the Justice Education Program and the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership at Saint Mary's College.

Leadership and Social Change Film Festival Schedule:

Tuesday, February 28

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Description: The story of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, and other courageous women’s rights activists in Liberia, who come together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. (2008)

Wednesday, February 29

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangeri Matthei

Description: The dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangeri Matthei, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a national movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. (2008)

Thursday, March 1

A Small Act

Description: Sundance-featured film about a Holocaust survivor and the Kenyan student whose education she supports. This film demonstrates how our actions can create a ripple effect to make a difference and support change. (2010)

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2012 published by U.S.News and World Report. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.