“Until The Violence Stops” Wins American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT)’s Gracie Allen Award
"Until the Violence Stops," a Lifetime original documentary, has been honored with a Gracie Allen Award by American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) in the "Special Program" category. The Gracie Awards recognize outstanding programming by women, for women or about women. "Until the Violence Stops" profiled V-Day,, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which grew out of Founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues, and was part of Lifetime's "Stop Violence Against Women" campaign in 2004.
Until the Violence Stops follows the grassroots impact of V-Day in five international communities while exposing the pervasive and cultural forms of violence that women experience all over the world. Directed by Abby Epstein, the story begins at a star-studded V-Day benefit at Harlem's Apollo Theater and travels to regional events in Ukiah California, the Philippines and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, culminating in the opening of the first V-Day Safe House for girls in Kenya. What emerges is an alternately devastating and hopeful look at the global and grassroots efforts in motion to stop violence against women and girls. Featuring appearances by Tantoo Cardinal, Rosario Dawson, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, LisaGay Hamilton, Salma Hayek, Rosie Perez, and Isabella Rossellini among others.
The documentary world premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and broadcast premiered on Lifetime Television in February. It has been screened at the Amnesty International Film Festivals in Amsterdam and Vancouver, as well as at the Miami and Maui Film festivals. In September, Toni Childs, David Ricketts, and Eddie Free received the 2004 Emmy award for “Best Original Song” for “Because You Are Beautiful” and in November, the film won top honor – the Gold Audience Award - at the Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver.
The documentary is available for rental on Netflix via http://www.netflix.com and for purchase from Docurama, http://www.docurama.com/productdetail.html?productid=NV-NVG-9702, or wherever fine DVDs are sold. Price: $26.95.
The Gracie Award will be given at the AWRT's gala on Wednesday, June 22 in New York.