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Published on Jul 3, 2009
The Clothesline Project, started as a grass-roots movement in Cape Cod in the early 1990s, invites women to construct T-shirts that express the violence they have suffered and the healing they are experiencing. The Central Pennsylvania Clothesline project organized in 1993 by the Women's Center at Dickinson College initially displayed over 90 shirts. Since then, a number of shirts and the Clothesline documentary co-produced by Susan Rose and Lonna Malmsheimer have been shown in Vienna, Austria (as part of the United Nations exhibit which raised concerns about violence against women as a human rights issue) and at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. The original Clothesline documentary features interviews with women about the making and the meaning of their shirts (53 minutes).
Clothesline: Bosnia-Herzegovina continues this work and features interviews that Shannon Sullivan, a 2009 Dickinson College graduate, conducted with women in Bosnia who are part of a witness protection program. It also includes a conversation with Mersida Camdzic, a Bosnian woman now living in Central Pennsylvania, who in the process of helping with the translation, decided to tell her own story. The two-part documentary (total running time 20 minutes) was co-produced by Manuel Saralegui 09, Shannon Sullivan 09, Gabriela Uassouf 10, and Professor Susan Rose. For more information, refer to the Community Studies Center website at: