Groundbreaking Documentary Premieres Exploring Role of Women in Global Politics

The Women and Girls Foundation has partnered with our sisters at ELAS Women’s Social Investment Fund to present ‘Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?’, a new film exploring the increased role women are having in shaping new democracies and leading governments across the globe.

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‘Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?' is a new film exploring the increased role women are having in shaping new democracies and leading governments across the globe.

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) March 06, 2014

‘Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?’, a new film exploring the increased role women are having in shaping new democracies and leading governments across the globe, will premiere on March 8, 2014 at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater in Pittsburgh, PA at 8:00 p.m. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Heather Arnet, and a dessert reception. Tickets are $50. Seats are limited.

In conjunction with the celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, this one-hour documentary explores the growing phenomenon of new democracies electing female presidents and discusses the lessons these nations offer to countries that have yet to elect a female president, including the United States.

One of the key counties that serves as a focal point for the film is Brazil. Presidenta Dilma Rousseff leads one of the most rapidly developing nations on earth, having surpassed the United Kingdom to become the world’s sixth-largest economy. The film debuts as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup in June of this year, as Rousseff faces re-election in October, and as the nation prepares to host the Summer Olympics in 2016.

The film is a collaboration of Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) in the U.S. (based in Pittsburgh) and ELAS, the Women’s Social Investment Fund of Brazil (based in Rio de Janeiro). Heather Arnet, CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation, partnered with award-winning Cinematographer, Nathan Golan; Veronica Marques, Executive Director, of ELAS; and production teams in the U.S. and Brazil to create the documentary.

The film will have its first television broadcast on Saturday, March 29, on Pittsburgh’s WQED Multimedia as part of the PBS affiliate’s “Filmmaker’s Corner” series. Additional private screenings at universities and organizations are being scheduled in both countries throughout 2014.

The film was inspired by Arnet’s grandmother, the late Vivian Goldstein, whose own mother marched as a suffragette advocating for women to achieve the right to vote. As the film shows, Goldstein had hoped to live long enough to see a woman elected president of the United States. Sadly, she was not able to see her dream come true.

Inspired by Vivian’s resolve, Heather traveled to Brazil to ask women from different regions and socio-economic backgrounds to share their perspective on the dynamic shifts that have occurred in Brazilian politics over the course of just one generation. In doing so, she uncovered powerful new findings connecting female economic security, political participation, and new democracies in fostering the advancement of women.

Event Location:
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Purchase tickets online: http://tinyurl.com/l29gtvw.

To schedule a screening at your university or organization, or an interview with WGF CEO Heather Arnet, please call 412-434-4883 or email info(at)wgfpa(dot)org.

The Women and Girls Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The mission of the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) is to achieve equality for women and girls, now and for generations to come. To realize this mission, the organization’s active work is focused on developing the female leaders of tomorrow while advancing women’s rights today. Learn more by visiting http://wgfpa.org/ or contacting the Women and Girls Foundation by phone (412-434-4883) or email info(at)wgfpa(dot)org.


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