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Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Filmmaker to screen South African documentary in Hilo

Eileen M. Foti will present her film “A Ripple in the Water: Healing Through Art” on Tuesday, November 6 at 6 p.m. in the University Classroom Building (UCB) Room 100 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She will also screen her film at the East Hawai`i Cultural Center at 141 Kalakaua Street in Hilo on Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m. Both screenings are free and open to the public.

On Friday, November 9 at 10 a.m., there will be a special screening for Hawai`i Community College art students at the Art Department Gallery in Building 395 on the Manono Campus. The hour-long documentary, shot on location throughout South Africa, focuses on the work of artist/activist Kim Berman. Berman uses art to address HIV/AIDS, poverty alleviation and the empowerment of women and children across South Africa. The film was funded in part by grants from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Johnson and Johnson, Inc., and the Global Education Department of Montclair State University. The documentary is narrated by National Public Radio foreign correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Foti co-produced the film with Patricia Piroh.

Foti, a visiting artist at UH Hilo, is an assistant professor at Montclair State University and was formerly the master printer and print studio manager at Rutgers University’s Center for Innovative Print and Paper. Her work is included in many collections such as the Museum of Fine Art in Croatia, Moussem Assilah in Morocco, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and The Jersey City Museum. She will also conduct a print workshop in the printmaking studios at UH Hilo November 5 and 7.

The Visiting Artist Program at UH Hilo invites nationally and internationally recognized artists to Hilo to inspire artists, residents, students, and educators through lectures, exhibitions, and workshops. The 2007-2008 Visiting Artists Program is made possible through funding from the Laila Art Fund of the Hawai `i Community Foundation.


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