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KENNEDY LECTURE IS MARCH 25 AT ODU

Rory Kennedy, documentary filmmaker, co-founder and co-president of Moxie Firecracker Films Inc., will speak as the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Lecturer at Old Dominion University Thursday, March 25.

Her talk, "The Camera Does Not Lie: Social Change Through Documentary Film-Making," will be at 8 p.m. in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Kennedy's work focuses on pressing social concerns, including poverty, domestic abuse, drug addiction, human rights, AIDS and mental illness. Many of her films have appeared on the HBO, A&E, MTV and Lifetime networks. "American Hollow," a documentary about an Appalachian family caught between century-old tradition and the encroaching modern world, was broadcast on HBO's "America Undercover" series and received a Nonfiction Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

"Different Moms," a film about mentally handicapped parents raising their children, aired on Lifetime Television. Most recently, Kennedy directed and produced "Pandemic: Facing AIDS," which follows the lives of five people living with AIDS.

In addition to her film career, Kennedy is a social activist and human rights advocate. She has been a member of several Robert F. Kennedy Memorial human rights delegations. She is a graduate of Brown University with a bachelor's degree in women's studies.

The annual Wallenberg Lecture, part of the President's Lecture Series, is sponsored by the Marc and Connie Jacobson Philanthropic Foundation. It honors the memory of one of the legendary figures of World War II.

For more information call 683-3114.

This article was posted on: March 2, 2004

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