Two Films Conclude 'Globalization and Education' Film Series at University of Virginia's Curry School of Education

April 15, 2008 — The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education presents the last two films in its "Globalization and Education" film series on Thursday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 22.

On April 17 at 5 p.m., the film "Saudi Solutions" (runtime: 77 minutes) will be screened in Ruffner Hall G004C. Filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak profiles the lives of several women living in Saudi Arabia, one of the most religiously conservative societies in the Middle East, where women are not allowed to vote or drive cars, and men and women are segregated in most work environments. She follows professional career women, including a journalist, a doctor, a photographer, a television newsreader, a university professor and the nation's first female airplane pilot, to find out what it's like to be a modern woman in a fundamentalist Islamic society. In offering Western audiences a fascinating and often shocking look at the social status of women in Saudi Arabia, it also reveals that the society is one in transition, involving a delicate balance between religious tradition and modernizing influences.

The film and discussion will be moderated by Dr. Hanadi Al-Samman, from the
Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures.

On April 22 at 5:30 p.m., John Prendergast, former White House and International Crisis Group adviser, will give a public lecture on Darfur, Rwanda and the issue of genocide in international peace talks in Maury Hall Room 209. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a screening of the film "Sand and Sorrow" (runtime: 93 minutes).

In "Sand and Sorrow," Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Paul Freedman joins a contingent of African Union peacekeeping forces in Darfur while a tragic and disturbing chapter in human history unfolds. Prendergast, Samantha Power and New York Times columnist Nick Kristof lead the viewer through burgeoning refugee camps along the Chad-Sudan border, past mass graves inside Darfur itself and into offices of the United States Senate to plead on behalf of the innocents of Darfur. This impassioned trio inspires a growing and vocal advocacy movement that extends from rural high schools to big-time college campuses, all the way to the halls of power in the United States and beyond. Freedman's camera is there to capture the heroic struggle between politics and humanity. The film is narrated by George Clooney.

For information about the film series, e-mail Carol Anne Spreen at