V-Day 2014 in Belfast

Feb 01, 2014
"V-Day: Until the Violence Stops" documents the grassroots impact of the V-Day movement originally inspired by Eve Ensler's play "The Vagina Monologues."

Belfast — V-Day 2014 — Friday, Feb. 14 — will be a day to gather in the Belfast community to keep the movement going to end violence against women. Women and men are invited to offer stories, poems, and songs and to sing and dance to promote this goal, locally and throughout the world.

In 2013, coordinated with events worldwide, some 150 people danced in the streets of downtown Belfast and then held a powerful community speak out focused on ending all violence — domestic and family, sexual, cultural oppression, genital mutilation — against women. This year, the public is invited to gather from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., to watch a documentary film, followed by another Community Speak Out.

The film, "V-Day: Until the Violence Stops," is a powerful documentary that chronicles the grassroots impact of the V-Day movement originally inspired by Eve Ensler's play "The Vagina Monologues." The film follows Ensler herself, other actors and poets, women from five international communities and native women from North America, all sharing their stories of strength and hope while exposing the pervasive and cultural forms of violence that women experience worldwide. It is a powerful and energizing film for both women and men, calling for a commitment to end violence against women and girls.

After the screening, attendees are invited to present stories, poems, other vignettes and songs (three minutes or less) and be prepared to dance. Donations will be collected to benefit Family Planning of Belfast and New Hope for Women. For more information, contact Meredith Bruskin at 338-5089 or Larraine Brown at 323-2747.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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