Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I was just given a ticket to a special benefit screening of the film "Thread," next Wednesday, March 31, at Cedar Crest College (100 College Drive, Allentown). This one-time-only event will feature a screening of the short documentary film, plus give guests an opportunity to meet the director and producer and one of the women featured in the film. Also on the VIP guest list are several new Afghan/Americans to the Lehigh Valley and some of the men and women who have served in Afghanistan.

Thread is the inspirational story of five remarkable Afghan women who are taking control of their lives and their futures – and in the process are helping to rebuild their devastated country. (2008, USA, director Laurie Chock). Check out the trailer here.

I just finished reading Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the follow-up to Three Cups of Tea. The books detail how one American mountain climber founded a nonprofit organization that has worked to promote peace through education by establishing more than 130 schools, most of them for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Tickets ($45 for the film and a dessert reception) are available online or by telephone at (610) 776-1676. Cedar Crest alumnae can receive free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

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