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Filmmaker to speak at EIU Tuesday

March 23, 2010

March 22, 2010

CHARLESTON - Filmmaker Ellen Bruno has spent the last 25 years focusing her
attention on human rights issues around the world.

The award-winning director and relief worker will discuss her work and show
clips of her films at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Eastern Illinois University's Tarble
Arts Center Atrium.

Bruno's first documentary film, "Samsara," was her master's thesis from
Stanford University and documents Cambodian life in the aftermath of Pol
Pot's killing fields.

"Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy" is based on the experience of young Tibetan
Buddhist nuns who have been imprisoned and tortured for their nonviolence
protests of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The final film of her Asian
trilogy is "Sacrifice." All three films premiered at the Sundance Film

Bruno serves on the board of directors of the Buddhist Film Festival, the
Pacific Pioneer Fund, The San Francisco Film Society, Ethical Traveler, and
has been an artist-in-residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

In addition to her extensive film work, Bruno has been an active relief
worker, serving in Mexico and southeast Asia. She has worked in refugee
camps on the Thai-Cambodian border, as field coordinator for the
International Rescue Committee and she served for four years as director of
the Cambodian Women's Project for the American Friends Service Committee.

Bruno has been a hospice worker for the Zen Hospice Project in San
Francisco, providing bedside assistance for people dying of AIDS and cancer.

The recipient of numerous national and international awards, she was awarded
a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998, and a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1997. She
has been presented fellowships from the Western States Media Arts and a
Shenkin Fellowship from Yale University School of Art.

Bruno's visit to Charleston is sponsored by the English Department and the
Tarble Arts Center in celebration of March as Women's History and Awareness
Month. The Table Arts Center is located on south Ninth Street at Cleveland

The program is presented free and the public is welcome to attend.
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