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Youth Convention to confront elephant in the room with screening of ground-breaking documentary

Smiths Falls, Finding Kind screening

By Amy Hogue

Lanark County Interval House (LCIH) is looking at helping young women explore the realities of the relationships between women, through the screening of a ground breaking documentary at a grades seven and eight Youth Conference on April 15, 2015.  The screening of the documentary, which is called “Finding Kind,” will take place at the conference as a means of identifying the behaviours that currently exist between girls, as well as exploring the different ways girls can learn to be kind to one another.

The film, which has been identified by Vanity Fair as a film “to redress the mean-girl phenomenon” can be used as a tool for educators and parents to try and stop the cycle of girl bullying that often takes place in society.

In the documentary, filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud set out in a cross country journey of discovery, interviewing women and girls along the way about their lives and experiences.  The documentary also includes interviews with experts and authors in the fields of psychology, education, and the interrelationships of women and girls.

LCIH executive director, Erin Lee, explained there has been some push back from the community about the film, questioning Interval House’s selection, but that the reality for girls and women and their treatment of one another is something which shouldn’t be ignored.  Lee pointed out that society has evolved where women have to fight for many things in their lives, such as votes, equality, or pay equity, and that if women and girls could show solidarity they would be more effective in winning these battles.

“Patriarchy and oppression exist, and we have young girls who are mean to each other,” Lee stated. “We can’t avoid the fact that people hurt each other through Facebook.”

LCIH public education coordinator and Family Court support worker, Brianne Luckasavitch echoed this statement.

“We confront uncomfortable topics every day, we talk about women in trouble… Our job is to unpack some of this stuff.”

Grades seven and eight were selected as the range for the screening of this film as Lee said she felt the transition at that age is more stressful, particularly now that these ages are integrated into the high schools.  To date, Finding Kind has spread to over 30,000 females in 300 schools and organizations.

Lee said she would like to talk about the elephant in the room and say to girls “let’s talk about how we’re all similar, and how we can appreciate the uniqueness in each of us.”

The film is scheduled for screening on April 15 at PDCI, and students from throughout the Lanark County school boards, both public and Catholic, will take part in the screening.  Luckasavitch said if there is enough interest from the community there is the potential to arrange for a separate screening of the film for community members or older students.

If interested in arranging for a separate showing of this ground-breaking film, please contact Brianne Luckasavitch at Lanark County Interval House at brianne@lcih.com or at 613-257-3469 ext. 63.

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Youth Convention to confront elephant in the room with screening of ground-breaking documentary

Smiths Falls, Finding Kind screening

By Amy Hogue

Lanark County Interval House (LCIH) is looking at helping young women explore the realities of the relationships between women, through the screening of a ground breaking documentary at a grades seven and eight Youth Conference on April 15, 2015.  The screening of the documentary, which is called “Finding Kind,” will take place at the conference as a means of identifying the behaviours that currently exist between girls, as well as exploring the different ways girls can learn to be kind to one another.

The film, which has been identified by Vanity Fair as a film “to redress the mean-girl phenomenon” can be used as a tool for educators and parents to try and stop the cycle of girl bullying that often takes place in society.

In the documentary, filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud set out in a cross country journey of discovery, interviewing women and girls along the way about their lives and experiences.  The documentary also includes interviews with experts and authors in the fields of psychology, education, and the interrelationships of women and girls.

LCIH executive director, Erin Lee, explained there has been some push back from the community about the film, questioning Interval House’s selection, but that the reality for girls and women and their treatment of one another is something which shouldn’t be ignored.  Lee pointed out that society has evolved where women have to fight for many things in their lives, such as votes, equality, or pay equity, and that if women and girls could show solidarity they would be more effective in winning these battles.

“Patriarchy and oppression exist, and we have young girls who are mean to each other,” Lee stated. “We can’t avoid the fact that people hurt each other through Facebook.”

LCIH public education coordinator and Family Court support worker, Brianne Luckasavitch echoed this statement.

“We confront uncomfortable topics every day, we talk about women in trouble… Our job is to unpack some of this stuff.”

Grades seven and eight were selected as the range for the screening of this film as Lee said she felt the transition at that age is more stressful, particularly now that these ages are integrated into the high schools.  To date, Finding Kind has spread to over 30,000 females in 300 schools and organizations.

Lee said she would like to talk about the elephant in the room and say to girls “let’s talk about how we’re all similar, and how we can appreciate the uniqueness in each of us.”

The film is scheduled for screening on April 15 at PDCI, and students from throughout the Lanark County school boards, both public and Catholic, will take part in the screening.  Luckasavitch said if there is enough interest from the community there is the potential to arrange for a separate screening of the film for community members or older students.

If interested in arranging for a separate showing of this ground-breaking film, please contact Brianne Luckasavitch at Lanark County Interval House at brianne@lcih.com or at 613-257-3469 ext. 63.

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