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Independent Lens “SHAYDA” film shows at ISU Nov. 14

November 2, 2006
ISU Marketing and Communications

The Pocatello screening of an Independent Lens production “SHADYA” will be shown at the Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Bengal Theatre from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 14.

“SHADYA” follows the 17-year-old karate world champion Shadya Zoabi as she strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel. Zoabi, despite the encouragement of her father in her karate efforts, is not supported by her brothers and other members of their small Arab village as they feel that karate is not an appropriate pursuit for a young Muslin woman. “SHADYA” tells the story of a girl who tries to do well in karate while remaining committed to her religion and life in her community.

An audience discussion about issues addressed in the film such as gender, religion, family and discrimination will be led by ISU assistant professor of history Erika Kuhlman.

The event is sponsored by Idaho State University, Independent Television Service and Idaho Public Television.

ITVS is a leading funder and presenter of award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the Internet and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series “Independent Lens.” ITVS and PBS jointly curate “Independent Lens.” It also is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional funding provided by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional screenings for “Independent Lens” for the 2006-07 season are as follows:

•    Jan. 12, “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” – Has hyper-masculinity kidnapped hop?

•    Feb. 27, “Race to Execution” – Is fairness possible in death penalty sentencing?

•    March 20, “Black Gold” – How much of your $3 latte goes to the coffee growers?

•    April 17, “Knocking” – Jehovah’s Witnesses have ensured many of our civil rights.

For more information, contact Jim Fullerton at 282-3154.


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