New Screening of PUNCTURED HOPE on Saturday, January 16 @ 11:00 AM in Santa Monica

Jan 11, 2010, 14:39 ET from Toronto Pictures Inc.

SANTA MONICA, CA, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Women In Film (WIF) Los Angeles has invited its members to a attend the past screenings of "Punctured Hope" on January 9 and 10. Films4Change, founded by Santa Monica residents Rachel Sene and Jay Johnson, has been inviting its members to attend each one of the screenings since early December. Michael Lindlay of Veterans for Peace and Mihoko Tokoro of Amnesty International in Los Angeles are amongst the many supporters of "Punctured Hope".

Toronto Pictures has donated 20 tickets to the OPCC Shelter of Santa Monica for staff members and women suffering from Domestic Abuse to attend. This weekend's screenings registered the highest turnout of people coming to watch the film. This proves, once again, that the film's following is growing by word of mouth with each additional screening. Some of the attendees at the screenings have included: Producers Dr. Asad Farr and Pilar Galvez who have congratulated "the director for the quality of the film and for mastering a fusion between the reality of life, way of acting and style in Africa with the western world's Hollywood standard of production." Sonya Kay Blake - Partner at Realm Entertainment and Actress Martha Luna were also present.

The two events followed by Q&A periods were particularly successful. The general opinion of the numerous viewers was that "Punctured Hope" is one of the most important films in the Academy Awards(R) list of qualified films of 2009 and it is artistically exceptional. "Punctured Hope" has been nominated by The Political Film Society of Hollywood in the categories of 'best film expose' and 'best film on human rights' of 2009 and it has been screening in LA since November. The viewers have expressed disbelief that the main stream media such as CNN, MSNBC and the TV Networks have ignored this film until now.

The viewers were very surprised when Director Bruno Pischiutta and Producer Daria Trifu notified them that CNN, MSNBC and the other networks have all been informed about the film (subject matter, screening schedule, etc.). Until today, for reasons that no one understands, they have decided to ignore the slavery of women and children, the phenomenon of genital mutilation and the rights of women in West Africa that are addressed in "Punctured Hope".

Toronto Pictures is creating a new event that is open for the attendance of the Academy Members(R): one last screening of "Punctured Hope" in Los Angeles will take place on Saturday, January 16th at 11:00 AM at the Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, Santa Monica (2nd Street and Santa Monica Boulevard).

Although many different religions coexist in Africa, it is the Black Magic and tradition that really govern the continent. From an article for the New York Times by Nicholas D. Kristof: ("...Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths, creating an environment in which violations against women are justified.") Former President Jimmy Carter noted in a speech last month to the Parliament of the World's Religions in Australia that "The belief that women are inferior human beings in the eyes of God," Mr. Carter continued, "gives excuses to the brutal husband who beats his wife, the soldier who rapes a woman, the employer who has a lower pay scale for women employees, or parents who decide to abort a female embryo..."

In honor of Rachel Sene and Jay Johnson, Punctured Hope's most avid supporters, Toronto Pictures held a private gathering for members of the Films4Change this past Saturday afternoon. The event was attended by: Rachel, Jay and their daughter Carla Seneca, Entrepreneur Tovi Kitron, Architect Miri Lerner, Films4Change Member Michael Lindlay - Veterans for Peace, Films4Change Member Ina Tillman, Actress Saffron Ryan and her husband James, Human Rights Photographer Lucy O'Brian, Producer Chase Masterson, Actress Heidi Selexa and her father Scientist Richard Albers.

About Films4Change: The members of the group meet monthly in Los Angeles for dinner, private screenings of political and socially conscious films and discussion. They welcome atheists, freethinkers, secular humanists, skeptics, nonbelievers, agnostics and inquiring minds.


About Maestro Bruno Pischiutta: Internationally Awarded Film Director, International Academician, Founder of Toronto Pictures.


A Company with a conscience - About Toronto Pictures (PINK: TTOPF): Targeting a global audience, Toronto Pictures explores different cultures and addresses controversial issues of our time in a dramatic format. Toronto Pictures develops and releases Hollywood standard, 35 mm feature films that provoke thought, not violence.


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