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Film: Tall as the Baobab Tree

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In a rural Senegalese village, Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family's remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family's survival, their father decides to sell 11-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her young sister from a fate she did not choose. Jeremy Teicher's film Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing at the outer edge of the modern world, where questions of right and wrong are not always black and white.

Please join us at 6:15 pm for a pre-film discussion moderated by Sahar Alnouri, Global Gender Advisor for Mercy Corps.

Presented with Mercy Corps, in conjunction with the 2014 International Speakers Series, Women Changing the World. 

Free admission, $5 suggested donation. Seating is limited, please register.

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