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November 15, 2013

Documentary film 'Sewing Hope' to be shown at ECU

Ada — Just days after being viewed at the Napa Valley Film Festival, one of those documentary movies, "Sewing Hope," will be shown on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at East Central University’s Ataloa Theatre inside the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The screening is free and open to the public.

"Sewing Hope," narrated by Forest Whitaker, is the story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, who runs a school in Gulu, Uganda, for young women formerly abducted and used as sex slaves and child soldiers by the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony.

Sister Rosemary is scheduled to be at the viewing of the 54-minute film that was directed by Derek Watson.

Those attending the screening are being asked to bring spools of thread in hopes of reaching Gulu, Uganda. There are 8,233 miles separating Ada, Okla., and Gulu, Uganda. That equates to 14,490,080 yards. The average spool of thread is 500 yards. If 28,980 spools of thread are collected, the length of all that thread would reach Uganda.

The thread will be used by the women, whom Sister Rosemary is mentoring, for sewing purposes and creating clothing.

The film will have been shown three times at three different theatres at the Napa Valley Film Festival in California before being screened in Ada.

Sister Rosemary is also being honored for inspiring and tireless work to make a significant difference in the lives of young people at the New Power Lunch: Celebrating Women Making a Difference, on Nov. 16, in Napa, Calif.

A trailer for the film can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/64819815 .

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