Attended the World Premier of Femme

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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I attended the world premier of the documentary Femme : Women Healing the World, in Santa Barbara California. This event has drastically changed my view on how women from around the world, with their individual strengths and courage, have changed and continue to heal the world.  This film was brought to us by the U.N.A. of Santa Barbara and  Emmanuel Itier, projects director and and producer of this incredible film. A world journalist and filmmaker for many years, runs WonderlandEntGroup. He and Sharon Stone the Executor Producer had a great passion that developed in interviewing women from over 50 countries and how they continue making a difference through religion, spirituality, science, history, politics, philosophy and entertainment. This film gave you a true sense of the word “feminine”and how we have a responsibility to the world to nurture and develop a peace within the world for all people.

I had a chance to meet author Marilyn Tam author of the book The Happiness Choice, who spoke on the panel after the showing of the film. I’m currently reading her book and will let you know all about it in a few weeks. Her website quotes, ” Her life is an inspiring example of what can be achieved if one followed their dreams. She grew up as an abused and neglected child in Hong Kong. She left home as a teen to come to America alone. Following her life mission, she achieved international business and humanitarian success”.


I had the opportunity to speak with Estelle Foster publisher of Going Organic magazine. This woman has changed how the city of Santa Barbara preserves their local parks without pesticides. Now, she is concentrating her efforts in Palm Springs, California endorsing her organic gardening in the region. Her website states her mission: We believe that “going organic” means making informed and ethical choices in what we eat, what we drive, what we wear, and how we live. It means making decisions based not only on what is best for us and our families, but also on what is best for future generations, local economies, and the planet”.


And one of the supporters and sponsors of the event, Patricia Bragg who also sat on the women’s panel. Patricia feels very strongly about eating and staying healthy through exercising and good eating habits. She gave out the swag bags for the event for all participants with products from her company health food company Bragg. Her website states: “No system can “cure” disease. No person can “cure” you of your ailments, aches, pains and diseases. Only the internal functions of your own body banish diseases. The human body is self-repairing and self-healing. Every human body has a built-in healing mechanism. Burn that into your consciousness”.


Meeting author Jean Bolen MD at Femme in Santa Barbara was a lovely surprise. She spoke so eloquently about needing strong support for the next UN for Women conference to be held in 2015. She quotes in saying on her blog: “I’m an advocate for a UN sponsored 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) as a rallying point that would raise consciousness, network women worldwide and at a time of transition, could be the tipping point.”


Barbara Mueller and I (blurry but important) the president of the U.N.A. chapter in Santa Barbara who worked endless hours putting together this remarkable event . She commentated the panel which generated  great conversation and new inspirational ideas from these amazing women on the panel. Thank you Barbara for a successful event.

Sponsors Include: Dr. Elizabeth Ingalls, Bill Allaway and Rosanne Reid. Patricia Bragg

Check out your local chapter of the United Nations Association and participate and support wonderful films and projects that inspire women all over the world.

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