December 1, 2009 0 Comments Archived Blog

Free Screening of Zimbabwean Documentary on 12/3!

The Women’s International Perspective, The WIP, along with The Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International, invite you to a screening of the award-winning documentary TAPESTRIES OF HOPE, followed by a Q & A session with Zimbabwean child and human rights activist Betty Makoni and filmmaker Michealene Cristini Risley, at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California.

TAPESTRIES OF HOPE, an astounding story told through filmmaker Risley’s eyes, captures her sojourn to Africa as she investigates the longstanding myths surrounding the power of virgin blood. Produced by Freshwater Haven, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the dramatic social change that is required to stop the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of women, Tapestries documents the work of Betty Makoni and her organization, Girl Child Network. The film follows the journey to healing taken by the girls who arrive at GCN daily. Caught in the crossfire of a country devastated by poverty, limited medicine, and the increasing use of girls as charms to heal illness, Tapestries allows us to witness the resiliency of these girls who refuse to be defined by their abuse.

This year, Tapestries of Hope has been awarded BEST DOCUMENTARY at the 2009 Louisville International Festival of Film, received an AWARD OF MERIT from the Accolade Film Awards and an Aloha Accolade at the 2009 Honolulu International Film Festival.

Please join The WIP, The Ginetta Sagan Fund, Betty Makoni and Michealene Cristini Risley at 6:30 pm, The Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated. Please RSVP to

For more information on the film visit or contact The Women’s International Perspective directly at 831-644-0116. To get involved, contact Michelle Titus, Executive Director, Freshwater Haven of Redwood City –

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