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Until the Violence Stops 

Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues draws all sorts of responses, from those who after a decade are now tired of it to those who are still scandalized by public use of the word vagina or discussion of women's health issues. The original play addressed everything from American women's sensibilities and sensitivities about their genitals to the organized rape of women in Bosnia as a dimension of warfare. Ensler followed up on her art of awareness by launching a campaign to stop violence against women. Abby Epstein's documentary Until the Violence Stops was filmed in 2002 when there were more than 800 productions of the Monologues. She went to play productions around the globe and filmed Ensler (pictured here with Maasai women) working with activists in countries like Kenya, where Agnes Pareyio has challenged the cultural practice of clitoral circumcision and opened a safe house for girls seeking to avoid it. The film includes celebrities like Rosie Perez, Salma Hayek and Jane Fonda talking about feminism, and it challenges how various cultures have not only accepted violence against women but institutionalized it. Ensler was in New Orleans this past weekend in preparation for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of her V-Day movement, which is scheduled for April 11-12 at the New Orleans Arena and Louisiana Superdome. This screening is presented by the New Orleans Film Society and the Contemporary Arts Center. Tickets $7 general admission, $5 Film Society/CAC members. — Will Coviello

7:30 p.m. Tue., March 11

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800; www.cacno.org

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