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“Pain, Passion, and Profit” Continues Mount Film Series


The College of Mount Saint Vincent Women’s Studies Program presents Pain, Passion, and Profit. The film is a continuation of the “Representing Women: A Film/Discussion Series.” The documentary will be shown on November 12, 2009, at 4.30 p.m. in the President’s Reception Room in the Administration Building. The Women’s Studies Program film series features two films per semester. The films are selected because they examine the perceptions of women and how they are viewed in our society. All of the films in the series are brought to the Mount by a grant provided through the New York Council for the Humanities.

Pain, Passion, and Profit is a documentary film by Gurinder Chadha, director of Bend it Like Beckham. The film provides an in-depth look at global feminism and economic development as well as a personal and spirited view of the experiences of women entrepreneurs. This inspirational and lively film explores the roles of women and business in a global economy, from Body Shop founder Anita Roddick to small business owners in Africa.

Dr. Daniel Opler, Assistant Professor of History and Advisor to the Women’s Studies Club said, “We think it’s important to extend the discussion of how women are represented beyond the United States. We thought this film would be a good one because with the importance of micro lending as a strategy for social change, women as third world entrepreneurs become more central to the discussion.”

Pain, Passion and Profit is intriguing because it illuminates women who stand for profit and principles,” said Amy Rose Stanford, Mount student and member of the Women’s Studies Club. “The documentary’s ideals are those our club embrace so we are more than happy to share these women’s experiences with the Mount Community,”

Upcoming Films:

February 4, 2010: Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice

This film documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader.  “A powerful account of the life of one of the earliest heroes in the Civil Rights Movement.” —Chicago Sun-Times

March 25, 2010: The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

Five former “Rosies” recall their experiences working in factories during the Second World War. “A marvelous film about war work…the most forceful feminist documentary in recent years.”—David Denby, New York Magazine.

All films are free and open to the public and will begin at 4:30 P.M. in the President’s Reception Room in the Administration Building, Second Floor.  For more information about this event, visit the Club’s website.