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Film chronicles work of 9/11 widows; photographer to speak

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, 8 p.m. 101 McCormick Hall

The documentary film "Beyond Belief," which focuses on two pregnant women from Boston who lost their husbands in the 9/11 attacks, will be screened at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in 101 McCormick Hall.

At 6 p.m., there will be a private dinner in the Butler College Special Dining Room with Sean Flynn, photographer and associate producer of the film. He will give a presentation on his experiences with filmmaking. Following the film, he will participate in a question-and-answer session.

The film, directed by Beth Murphy, follows Susan Retik and Patti Quigley over the course of two years as they cope with their losses and struggle to raise their families as single mothers. Rather than turning inward, grief compels these women to focus on the country where the terrorists who took their husbands' lives were trained: Afghanistan.

They dedicate themselves to empowering Afghan widows whose lives have been ravaged by decades of war, poverty and oppression -- factors considered to be the root causes of terrorism. They travel from their comfortable neighborhoods to the most desperate Afghan villages, discovering a powerful bond with each other, an unlikely kinship with widows halfway around the world and a profound way to move beyond tragedy.

Those interested in attending the dinner should RSVP to

The event is sponsored by Butler College, the Fund for Intergroup Collaboration, the University Center for Human Values Undergraduate Forum, the Women's Center, the Pace Center, the Council of the Humanities, the Davis International Center, the Department of Anthropology and the Fields Center.

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