If you’re looking for something to do tonight, I suggest a trip to the movies. And no, I’m not talking about taking in any of the Oscar winners or simply escaping with the more traditional fare on screens right now.
In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), National CineMedia’s Fathom and CARE have teamed up with ONE and the UN Commission on the Status of Women to show the documentary A Powerful Noise for one night only in theaters across the country.
The film takes viewers into the lives of three women - Jacqueline “Madame Urbain” Dembele, a matriarch in Mali, Nada Markovic, a mother in Bosnia, and Bui My Hanh, a young widow in Vietnam - and chronicles their commitment to empowering, educating, and seeking justice for women and girls despite the gender barriers in their respective communities. In societies where women have been traditionally marginalized, with many still lacking basic rights as well as access to education and health services, these three have realized women’s inherent power to change the world and are courageously championing that potential. Their stories are as much about hope as they are a catalyst for change, building on a growing movement that has already demonstrated the possibilities for ending poverty and injustice in Third World countries when women are educated and supported in stepping out beyond their confining roles.