V-Day: Until the Violence Stops | Chicago Reader

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Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues spurred a global fund-raising movement in 2002, with proceeds from benefit performances in over 800 cities going to organizations that combat violence against women. This 2004 video documentary features Rosario Dawson, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, and Rosie Perez, but they're not as compelling as some of the V-Day beneficiaries: young Kenyans ostracized because they refuse female circumcision, battered Oglala Sioux wives on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, a group of elderly Filipinos who were enslaved as comfort women by Japanese troops in World War II. A sequence on women sewing a consciousness-raising quilt in Ukiah, California, is emblematic of the video's chief flaw: director Abby Epstein doesn't strike the right balance between circus and substance. 73 min.

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