CANCELLED: The Great American Lie

PRESENTED BY: Backbone Meaningful Movies on Vashon
6:00 PM, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 PST
Location: Vashon (click for map)

This film aims to expose social and economic immobility, viewed through the lens of our gendered values. “The Great American Lie,” from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and First Partner of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom,  premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April 2019.

“We need renewed economic and social mobility in this country,” said Siebel Newsom. “I hope my film will spark a national conversation around how the elevation of stereotypically ‘masculine’ values has led to extreme social and economic immobility and how, if we elevate more ‘feminine’ values such as empathy, care, and community, we can fix some of these systemic inequities.”

“The Great American Lie” exposes how this inequality is rooted in our beliefs with the cultural pendulum swinging too far towards revering things we consider “masculine,” like individualism, power, and money, at the expense of things we consider “feminine,” like empathy, care, and collaboration.

Following the screening Dr. Betsey Archambault will speak about gender disparity and what we can do to champion equality and a future without violence.

Special Guests: Dr. Elizabeth “Betsey” Archambault

Sponsors: Vashon Theatre, Backbone Campaign, Island GreenTech

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Release Year: 2019

Running Time: 88 minutes

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom