Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Intercultural Center will host Skye Fitzgerald, director of the film "Finding Face," as well as Tat Marina, who stars in the film. Both will speak about acid violence as both a human rights violation and a gendered form of violence from 3-4 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the Student Center Theatre.
"Finding Face" details the controversial case of Marina, who was attacked with acid in Cambodia in 1999. At 16, Marina was a rising star in Phnom Penh's karaoke music scene. She was coerced into an abusive relationship with Svay Sitha, Cambodia's Undersecretary of State, and subsequently attacked with acid. Marina has broken her long silence with the hope that she can gain some form of justice for human rights abuses against women, if not in the judicial system, then, at least in the court of public opinion.
Acid violence is a worldwide phenomenon that is not restricted to a particular race, religion or geographic location. The act of acid violence rarely kills, but causes severe physical, psychological and social scarring. Victims living in developing countries have limited access to medical and psychological assistance.
For more information on the lecture, contact the Campus Activity Board Office at (860) 465-0231.