Media Advisory - WSIU to Host Film Screening This Saturday

Nov 20, 2012

Media Advisory

For Saturday, November 24, 2:30pm

Rafea travels outside her Jordanian village for the first time to attend the solar engineering program at India's Barefoot College. Her story is profiled in the Community Cinema film Solar Mamas.
Credit Mona Eldaief / For Independent Lens

Contacts: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

WSIU, Carbondale Library Host Community Cinema on November 24

Film: Solar Mamas

Carbondale, Ill. -- Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to cover a free Community Cinema screening and discussion of the film Solar Mamas, which will take place Saturday, November 24 at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main in Carbondale. WSIU and the Carbondale Public Library are co-sponsoring the screening.

Dr. Lizette Chevalier, Associate Dean of the SIU College of Engineering, and Melinda Yeomans, Coordinator for University Women's Professional Advancement, will lead a discussion after the film.

Solar Mamas introduces viewers to India's Barefoot College, where rural, poor, and often illiterate women from around the world are offered the rare opportunity to receive an education that teaches them how to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable. Barefoot's groundbreaking program addresses the needs of rural communities for both jobs and sustainable energy by teaching women the skills they need to create solar energy and then earn a living by practicing the trade and teaching it to others. In addition to an education, the college experience provides new friendships and an eye-opening adventure for women who have never before been on their own.

WSIU and the Carbondale Public Library will host Community Cinema screenings at the library at 2:30pm on the last Saturday of each month through June 2013, with the exception of December.

For more information, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or or go online at

About Community Cinema

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. The project brings to light unforgettable stories about unique individuals, underrepresented communities, or pivotal moments in history. It is the largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television. Carbondale is among over 100 cities nationwide that are participating in the project. Community Cinema is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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