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Saturday, October 24 • 11:30am - 2:00pm
Leaving Africa: A Story About Friendship and Empowerment - Preceded by Juanita

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Iiris Härmä

2015 | 84 minutes | Uganda, Finland

U.S. Premiere | Director in Attendance


In socially conservative Uganda, homosexuality has been criminalized and the Ethics and Integrity Minister recently suggested arresting any woman wearing a skirt that falls above the knee. Against the backdrop of this political environment, a Finnish doctor named Riitta has spent her professional life working tirelessly for birth control, sexual education, and gender equality alongside her Ugandan friend and housemate Catherine. After 25 years giving workshops that challenge priests, imams, and women and their husbands to discuss women’s rights to their own bodies, Riitta’s activism has finally caught up with her. Past retirement age and facing an unwanted return to Finland, she takes the measure of both her life’s work and her personal life. Leaving Africa offers a moving look at a unique relationship born in and defined by the fight against the continent’s population explosion.

Preceded by Juanita

Ximena Amescua Cuenca

2015 | 24 minutes | Mexico, Maya, U.S.A.Director in Attendance

Doctor, midwife, nurse, activist: Juanita is a practitioner of traditional Mayan medicine and the leader of an organization of midwives in the Yucatan, Mexico. This film offers a candid glimpse into her everyday life as she treats patients, forcing viewers to reconsider the terms “modern” and “traditional” medicine.

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Saturday October 24, 2015 11:30am - 2:00pm
Linder Theater

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