WSIU, Women's Center to Host Film Screening on April 6

Apr 1, 2013

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 1, 2013

Photo caption: Robin Charboneau, an Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation, is profiled in the two-part PBS film Kind Hearted Woman.
Credit Courtesy of Kimmer Olesak

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

WSIU, Women's Center to Present Film Screening This Saturday

Film & Discussion To Address Childhood Abuse and Domestic Violence

Carbondale, Ill. -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, The Women's Center, Inc in Carbondale, and the Carbondale Public Library will present a free screening and discussion of the PBS film Kind Hearted Woman this Saturday, April 6 at 2pm at the library, 405 West Main in Carbondale.

Kind Hearted Woman tells the powerful story of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation, as she struggles to heal from the wounds of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence.

A discussion will follow the screening, led by Jo Nast, Visiting Assistant Professor, SIU School of Art & Design and associated faculty with the Native American Studies minor; Dr. Gray Whaley, Associate Professor, SIU History Department and associated faculty with the Native American Studies minor; and Jenn Freitag, Prevention Educator for the Rape Crisis Services program at The Women's Center.

The film is one of a variety of events planned by The Women's Center as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Visit their Facebook page for a complete list of activities taking place during the month of April.

Kind Hearted Woman is a co-production of Frontline and Independent Lens.

About WSIU Public Broadcasting

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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