Special Screening: Small Voices, Wednesday, 3/4, 4-6pmJoin the Gottesman Libraries and the Program in Speech-Language Pathology for a special film screening and discussion with Heather Connell, Executive Producer/Director, of the award winning film, Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia’s Children. Narrated by Megan Follows, well-known star of the Anne of Green Gables television series, this sensitive documentary tells the heart-wrenching stories of four children as they struggle to grow up in a garbage dump, abandoned buildings, streets, and brothels, sharing and fighting the challenges of poverty, homelessness and abuse.
Director/Producer Heather E. Connell was born and raised in Massachusetts where she studied screenwriting and theatre arts at Salem State University. She relocated to Los Angeles in 2001 and founded Displaced Yankee Productions - an independent film company dedicated to using film as a platform for raising social awareness and activism through entertainment. Small Voices is her feature directorial debut.
Teachers College has shown strong interest in developing educational and health-related services in Cambodia, a country struggling back to its feet after the genocide years under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. In the summer of 2008 and early 2009, faculty, staff, and students from the Speech and Language Pathology Program of the Biobehavioral Sciences Department here at Teachers College, made exploratory trips there to assess ways in which TC students can be involved and make a difference. The first TC-initiated Speech-Language Pathology outreach and clinical training experience in Cambodia will take place in August 2009, led by Professor Karen Froud and speech-language pathologist and TC doctoral student Etoile LeBlanc; it will be based at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap in Northern Cambodia.
Where: 306 Russell