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Community Cinema at Rutland Free Library explores Solar Mamas

Rutland Free Library holds its monthly Second Wednesday Community Cinema film and discussion on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. The film "Solar Mamas" will be shown in the Fox Room.

"Solar Mamas" is a journey - one that might make a viewer redefine what is possible. Can an illiterate grandmother, who has never left her rural village, really learn solar technology in six months, based on color-coded pictures and sign language?

Wherever we come from, at one point in our lives, we have all been faced with a challenge that we doubted we were capable of overcoming. This film tells a very human story of overcoming what feels like insurmountable obstacles.

Two Arab American directors portray the challenges of redefining the role of women in places where they have little to say about their own futures. The Barefoot College and women like Rafea who dare to make a difference have started a domino effect of almost immediate technological and cultural progress in rural areas of the world that few knew existed. Developed in India, the College has adopted Gandhian ideas of service and sustainability into its lifestyle and work ethics, and subscribes to the five non-negotiable values of equality, collective decision making, self-reliance, decentralization, and austerity.

The showing is free and open to the public. For more information, visit rutlandfree.org or call 773-1860.

Watch and discuss "Solar Mamas" as this month's Community Cinema at Rutland Free Library feature.