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IU Northwest screens Emmy Award-winning documentary ‘Girls on the Wall’ Nov. 12

Film highlights redemption of imprisoned teenage girls

Tuesday Oct 30, 2012

Indiana University Northwest’s Office of Student Activities invites the campus and community to a free screening of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Girls on the Wall” at 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center. 

Directed by Heather Ross, “Girls on the Wall” follows a group of incarcerated teenage girls who get a shot at redemption in a most unlikely form: a musical based on their lives. As they write and stage their play, the girls must re-live their crimes, reclaim their humanity, and take a first step toward breaking free of the prison system.

Shot over a period of nine months with unprecedented prison access, the 62-minute film gives a striking view into the circumstances leading up to juvenile incarceration, and the transformational power of the arts.

A short question and answer session will immediately follow the film, led by Ria Fay-Berquist, the outreach coordinator, and by Meade Palidofsky, the artistic director, for “Girls on the Wall”.

“Girls on the Wall” has been hailed by educators as an inspiring film that elicits conversations about the role of the arts in bringing about social change.

The film has had a strong run in festivals, theaters and on PBS, where it was awarded an Emmy for “Best Documentary of Current Significance.”

To view the film’s trailer, visit

For more information, contact Scott Fulk at (219) 980-6792 or

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About Indiana University Northwest

As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit



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