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Film screening will raise funds for Casa Amiga women's crisis center

New Mexico State University's Women's Studies Program and Center for Latin American and Border Studies are co-sponsoring a film screening, discussion and silent auction to support Casa Amiga, a rape crisis center in Ciudad Juarez.

m screening will be the Las Cruces premiere of "Senorita Extraviada" or "Missing Young Women" by director Lourdes Portillo at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla. "Senorita Extraviada" is an award-winning documentary that focuses on the rapes and murders of women on the Mexican border. Following the film will be a discussion with activists and family members of victims from Mexico.

Tickets for "Senorita Extraviada" are $15. For more information call Melanie Martin at (505) 646-6237.

A silent auction will be held at 6 p.m., before the film premiere. There is a call for donations of artwork, services, products and other items to be auctioned. All proceeds will benefit Casa Amiga Women's Crisis Center in Ciudad Juarez. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information call Tiffany Berger at (505) 646-4935.

Other co-sponsors for the event include the FEMAP Foundation, a branch of the Mexican Federation of Private Health and Community Development Associations, and the Mesilla Valley Film Society.

"Senorita Extraviada" is the opening film for a women's film festival titled "Creating a New Language: Movies by and About Women," taking place March 15-17 at the Fountain Theatre. The festival is sponsored by the Mesilla Valley Film Society and consists of nine programs. Tickets are $5 for each program and may be purchased in advance at the Fountain Theatre from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information contact the Mesilla Valley Film Society or visit their Web site at www.fountaintheatre.org.

Sarah Wheeler
March 12, 2002