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Film and discussion: ‘Who Does She Think She Is?’

March 24, 2009

Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll will present a screening of her documentary “Who Does She Think She Is?” at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 6. A reception with the filmmaker begins at 6:15 p.m. on the second floor of Colgan Hall. The film will begin at 7 p.m. in room 216 of Howsmon Hall, followed by a discussion. The event is free to the public, with free parking in the Event Lot. The campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road (Route 234), just north of Interstate 66.

“Who Does She Think She Is?” focuses on five female artists, different in background, race, religion and artistic field. They all share the challenge of making careers in the art world while also being pulled in different directions as they try to answer the competing demands of artistic fulfillment, marriage, motherhood and economic survival. In the end, the women demonstrate that creativity and caregiving are not mutually exclusive but deeply connected.

“The film was my search to find some contemporary heroines to provoke and inspire all of us to demand more from our work, our creativity and our lives,” said Boll, an artist, writer, filmmaker and activist. She co-executive produced the Academy Award-winning documentary “Born into Brothels,” and is currently producing several other films.

“We are thrilled Ms. Boll will be joining us at the Manassas Campus,” said Kathryn O’Sullivan, professor of Communication Studies and Theatre. “I saw her documentary at the Colony Film Festival last fall and immediately thought of how, like the women depicted in the film, our students juggle their educational pursuits, family and jobs. I believe this film will strike a chord with many in the NOVA community.”

To learn more, contact O’Sullivan at .

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