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SIU set to screen documentary on womens' rights activist

SIU hosts screening on Oct. 15. SIU hosts screening on Oct. 15.

The SIU School of Journalism and the Southern Illinois chapter of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A will host "Class Dismissed: The Death of Female Education, Malala's Story" at 5.p.m., Oct. 15 at the SIU School of Law Hiram H. Lesar Building auditorium.

The documentary profiles Malala Yousafzai, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and her opposition to the Taliban's push to close schools for Pakistani girls.

Syed Irfan Ashraf, a Pakistani journalist and teaching and graduate research assistant in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, co-produced the 2009 New York Times documentary that featured Malala and will host a discussion.

Ashraf will discuss the documentary, his time with Malala, her subsequent wounding in a 2012 assassination attempt and how it caused him to examine his role as a journalist, the ethics of the situation and the safety of sources.

The film contains brief scenes that are not appropriate for children and may be disturbing for others.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. There will also be refreshments.

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