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Film, panel discussion to honor woman killed in Iraq

- April 3, 2006

The film, A War in Words: An Iraqi Family Diary, will be shown in the Student Union Theatre on Monday, April 10, at 7 p.m.

A panel discussion will follow.

The showing and discussion are intended to honor the memory of Marla Ruzicka, an American aid worker who was killed by a suicide bomber in Baghdad a year ago.

The film, made in 2005 by independent Canadian filmmaker, Tara Sutton, a friend of Ruzicka, was first shown on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News Program Correspondent. Ruzicka, who had worked in Afghanistan as well as Iraq, founded the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflicts (CIVIC).

She also sought to alter the policies of U.S. military and political authorities as they affected civilians.

A War in Words grew out of Sutton’s acquaintance with the Jarrar family of Baghdad, whom she met after reading the Internet blogs kept by the mother and her three sons.

The last segment of the film was filmed by the youngest son, a 22-year-old Baghdad university student, after Sutton had to leave the city.

Admission is free, but donations to CIVIC will be invited. For more information about the organization, see http://www.civicworldwide.org/  

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