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Redwood City Screening of Award Winning Film Motherland - A Portion of Proceeds Benefits Palo Alto-Based Grief Support Organization Kara

Redwood City, CA - September 1, 2009 - Redwood City is proud to host a special benefit screening of the award winning documentary film Motherland, with a portion of the proceeds going to help fund Kara, a Palo Alto based grief support organization. The film will be shown on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:30 pm at Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue, in Redwood City. Tickets are $20.

Questions of how we grieve the loss of our loved ones and the healing power of service are the major themes that flow through Jennifer Steinman’s Motherland.  Steinman felt compelled to examine the specific grief of mothers who have lost children after witnessing her close friend lose her son in an automobile accident.  Driven by the theory that “giving is healing,” she decided to organize a volunteer trip to Africa for a group of six grieving moms, hoping that the opportunity to travel abroad and work with children in need could help these mothers find some positive meaning in the wake of their personal tragedies. The film’s director and some of the film’s subjects will be available for a question-and-answer session following the screening.

Even though the subject matter can be somewhat hard, the film really stands out as being about hope and healing in a time when most of us could really use those things,” says Steinman.  “I think Motherland really addresses this idea that giving of ourselves in service can be a healing thing to do, both personally and together as a community.

Motherland, which premiered in March at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Emerging Visions,follows this diverse group of women on their entire journey from America to Africa and back home again. Along the way the film explores the differences between how the two cultures deal with grief.  Ultimately, the unlikely travelers are able to find hope and healing through giving of themselves in service, and through the unexpected friendships they make along the way.  A larger vision of healing, growth and hope offers some measure of relief both to the women participating and to those who view the film.

Steinman hopes that her film will touch and inspire people to reach out to those who are grieving and simply make a difference. She acknowledges that the subject of grief can make some uncomfortable; yet perhaps the ultimate message is that together as communities we can help see each other through the bad times, and the good. Tickets are available at More information about Motherland is available at

Kara is a nonprofit organization offering grief support services for children, teens, families and adults. There is no charge for Kara's peer support services. Kara also provides community education programs on end-of-life issues and grief-related psychotherapy, as well as crisis intervention services in the wake of a death in the school or organizational community. Kara’s website is

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