GREATER BURLINGTON WOMEN’S FORUM TEAMS UP TO SCREEN
AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM, FIVE AWAKE
Director Donna Dees, organizer of Million Mom March and winner of Sarah Brady Visionary Award, to head panel discussion on preventing gun-related domestic violence
The Greater Burlington Women’s Forum, in conjunction with GunSense Vermont and Steps to End Domestic Violence, are proud to present Women Preventing Gun-Related Domestic Violence, an evening of film and discussion.
This timely event will include an evening screening of documentary, Five Awake, and a speaker panel featuring:
- Donna Dees, the documentary film-maker
- Clai Lasher-Sommers, Executive Director of GunSense Vermont
- Kelly Dougherty, Executive Director of Steps to End Domestic Violence, Vermont
Main Street Landing – Film House
January 9th, 2018, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Suggested donation: $10 at the door. Open to all.
Participants can register via EventBrite here: https://bit.ly/2R1EY6K
Five Awake chronicles the journey of five Louisiana women who, appalled by the high rate of gun-related domestic violence in their state, sought to change their state for the better by pushing through a historic legislative package to protect the victims of domestic violence and save lives. This powerful film has won numerous awards, including “Best Louisiana Feature” at the New Orleans Film Fest 2016, “Best Documentary Short” at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival 2016, and “Best Documentary” at the Women’s International Film Fest 2018.
We will be joined by filmmaker Donna Dees who has been a leader in the gun violence prevention movement for nearly 20 years. “The high rate of domestic violence homicide is a uniquely American tragedy,” says Dees, “Like the women of Five Awake, we women have the power to save the lives of our mothers, our sisters, our daughters and of our best friends. We really do.”
The film screening will be followed by discussion with a panel of women, including Dees, who are increasing awareness about gun violence prevention and are changing laws here in Vermont to improve safety and outcomes for people in abusive relationships. Attendees should expect to hear compelling stories on a challenging topic about what motivates these women to lead, and plan to leave inspired by their efforts and with information about how to bring about local change.
This event is made possible by our event host sponsor, Main Street Landing.
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