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Efforts to empower women

If These Walls Could Talk is a powerful portrait of three women’s experience with abortion, starring (left) Demi Moore, Cher and Sissy Spacek.

If These Walls Could Talk is a powerful portrait of three women’s experience with abortion, starring (left) Demi Moore, Cher and Sissy Spacek.

Moviment Graffitti is organising a series of initiatives on women’s rights during the weeks leading to March 8 – International Women’s Day.

The first event is the free screening of If These Walls Could Talk.

First aired on HBO in 1996 and directed by Cher and Nancy Savoca, the film follows the plights of three women and their experiences with abortion. Each of the three stories takes place in the same house, 22 years apart: in 1952, 1974 and 1996.

The women’s experiences in each vignette – played by Cher, Sissy Spacek and Demi Moore – are designed to demonstrate the popular views of society on the issue in each of the given decades.

Debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival, If These Walls Could Talk became a surprise success and was the highest-rated movie in HBO history. It was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, including best miniseries or television film.

Following the screening there will be a short presentation by Andreana Dibben, from the Women’s Rights Foundation, and a discussion on the topic.

If These Walls Could Talk is being screened at The Splendid, 67, Strait Street, Valletta, tomorrow at 6.30pm. Entrance is free.

Full programme

Tuesday, February 20
Kurdistan: A Women’s Revolution at the GWU Building, South Street, Valletta at 6pm

Friday, February 23
Women Who Fight: From the Italian Partisans to The Rojava Revolution at The Splendid 67, Strait Street, Valletta at 6pm

Saturday, March 3
Talk on patriarchy and misogyny at the Multipurpose Hall, Ministry for Education and Employment, Great Siege Road, Floriana at 10.30am

Thursday, March 8
Women’s Day Walk in Valletta at 5.30pm
Against Sexism: Gathering at Maori, Triq il-Lanċa, Valletta at 8pm

Saturday, March 10
Presentation on feminist street art at 67, Strait Street, Valletta, at 6pm

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