“America the Beautiful” (2007) is a socially probing documentary about the obsession with image and appearance in America. The film critically examines how the American media industry has negatively impacted body image and self-esteem in men and women around the world. Through interviews with celebrities, beauty industry leaders, and average citizens, director and producer Darryl Roberts investigates how the beauty industry creates unrealistic standards for men and women of all cultural backgrounds and reveals the inherent contradictions between health promotion and the financial gain in selling unrealistic images. In the words of Roberts, the purpose of doing the film “was to put forth the message that we are all beautiful the way that we are so we can recollect our self-esteem from the advertising industry.” Through the lens of Darryl Roberts, an African American man, we see that this issue impacts people all over the world. The highly acclaimed documentary has been shown across the globe, including in South Africa, Vienna, Austria, and the Czech Republic, and has received a number of awards, including the award for Best Director at the 2007 Chicago International Film Festival, the UN Rights of the Child Award at the 2007 Chicago Children’s Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the 2007 Giffoni Hollywood Film Festival. This program is designed to challenge college students’ perceptions of beauty, promote healthy body image, and foster a deeper appreciation of diversity.
February 17, 2010
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18
ACTIVITIES & RECREATION CENTER (ARC)
A Film by Darryl Roberts
“AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL”
Is America OBSESSED with beauty?
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Meet & Greet with Darryl Roberts
(FREE Pizza and Soda)
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Film Screening followed by Q&A with Darryl Roberts
Multipurpose Room 6
Counseling Center, Women’s Resources Center, Body Image Network, Campus Recreation Wellness Partners, Panhellenic Council, Student Affairs Program Coordinating Council, Office of the Dean of Students, Black Greek Council, Central Black Student Union, and the Student Organization Resource Fee (SORF)