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"Serenity" Benefits Director’s Favorite Charity - Thousands of Filmgoers Seek Gender Equality

Friday 5 May 2006, by Webmaster

Liverpool, UK — In June this year, film goers plan worldwide theatrical screenings of the Universal Pictures flick ‘Serenity’, with proceeds going to Equality Now.

Twenty-four screenings are already being organized across four countries, with more being added daily.

The move is a direct effort to help raise funds for Equality Now, one of writer/director Joss Whedon’s favorite charities.

Equality Now is an international organization which works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world through the mobilization of public pressure.

Serenity is a motion picture which deals with individuality and personal responsibility with strong female characters and role models.

The film culminates with characters making a stand for what is right, no matter the cost, whilst fighting for a better future.

The chosen date of the screenings — June 23rd — is significant as it mirrors the date of a round of early preview screenings Universal Pictures held of ‘Serenity’ last summer.

This time, fans themselves are organizing the screenings with the exhibitors and it is a far grander scale, reaching out of North America into Europe and Australia.

Whedon will be appearing as a Special Honoree at an Equality Now event in New York in May, for his outstanding commitment to gender equality through film and television.

Joss Whedon, the writer/director of Serenity, said of Equality Now, “There are two ways to fight a battle like ours. One is to whisper in the ear of the masses, try subtlely and gradually to change the gender expectations and mythic structures of our culture. That’s me. The other is to step up and confront the thousands of atrocities that are taking place around the world on an immediate, one-by-one basis. That’s a great deal harder, and that’s Equality Now. It’s not about politics; it’s about basic human decency.”

Christopher Frankonis, organizer of the Can’t Stop The Serenity screenings said, “The watchword here really is ‘benefit’. Naturally, existing fans get the benefit of seeing Serenity on the big screen once more, and new fans get the benefit of doing so for the first time. But more significantly, the important work of Equality Now benefits from a truly worldwide fundraiser. And Joss Whedon, of course, gets the benefit of it being a sort of global birthday ‘thank you’ from his fans.”

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