Posted on Fri, Apr. 15, 2005

Artists document history of battered women's movement
BY KAY HARVEY

 

In 30 years, the Minnesota battered women's movement has grown from one pioneering Twin Cities shelter to a vast network of services, treatment and training for victims, abusers, police, judges, doctors and children caught in the middle. Now, two Twin Cities artists are recording the history of that movement and the force behind it — bold women who refused to keep a secret of violence hidden.

 

What: Fund-raising event for a video documentary, "We Will Harbor You: The History of Minnesota's Battered Women's Movement."

 

When and where: 6:30 to 9 p.m. today at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. (For map and parking, visit www.plymouth.org.)

 

Event features: Program at 7:15 p.m.; music, food, chance to view a sampler of the unfinished documentary and meet founders of the movement.

 

The filmmakers: Kathleen Laughlin, independent film and video producer; and Terri Hawthorne, community activist, women's studies scholar and college educator.

 

Donations: Cash or checks made out to Intermedia Arts of Minnesota. Suggested donation, $25 or more; $100 or more includes a film credit and DVD. Checks may be mailed to Laughlin-Hawthorne Productions, 709 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454.