7:00 PM Thursday, Mar 31 at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center
UNDERESTIMATED | Michele Ervin 2009
deadbeat | Brenda Lee Lau 2010
Get Real! Wise Women Speak features extraordinary women who are using their time and talent to benefit the world. Nobel laureates, indigenous elders, artists, grandmothers, scientists, activists, and educators speak about their journey to the wise woman years and the inner fire that propels them to make the most of their wisdom and experience.
Women showcased in the feature-length documentary include: Jane Fonda, Della Reese, Marianne Williamson, former Essence Magazine editor Susan L. Taylor, poet Nikki Giovanni, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo, and Nobel Laureate Jody Williams. Also featured are Indigenous elders Agnes Baker Pilgrim and Floredemayo (both of the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers), author Jean Shinoda Bolen, artist Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Stanford University expert on aging Laura Carstensen, anthropologist Angeles Arrien, ambassador Swanee Hunt, Linda Leitch, peacemaker Vivian Castleberry and dance teacher Roberta Pollard.
The film creates a vivid mosaic, weaving together ancient archetypes, modern-day stories, vibrant interviews, impressionistic re-enactments, elegant graphics and an original score of Celtic and world-influenced music. The film follows the journey a woman embarks upon as she transitions to the wise woman role, and considers the impact of spirituality, wisdom, feminine beauty, the grandmother’s role, intimacy, aging and loss, and the vibrant and powerful way older women are contributing to society.
The film implores women: Celebrate your wisdom and experience and use it to make the world a better place! In the words of wise woman Tenzin Palmo, “If I don’t do it, who will?”