TTU to present When the Violence Stops documentary on Feb. 26

If you’d like to learn more about the purpose and meaning behind the V-Day movement created by the play “The Vagina Monologues,” you can catch a showing of the documentary When the Violence Stops at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, at Tennessee Tech University’s Backdoor Playhouse.

Presented in partnership between TTU’s Women’s Center and the Tech Players, the documentary follows the birth and growth of the V-Day movement as an effort to end violence against women.

“The play sparked a movement, and that’s what this film documents,” said Diana Lalani, Women’s Center secretary. “It’s touching and inspiring, and the V-Day planning group behind this benefit production wants to build on the excitement of the play by offering students a way to channel the play’s momentum.”

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. It began with a 2,500-seat, sold-out benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” on Feb. 14, 1998, at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Now, more than 700 campuses participate in the College Campaign, and more than 400 cities participate in the Worldwide Campaign. This totals more than 3,000 annual benefits in 58 countries.

The V-Day movement is a catalyst that promotes creative events, such as local productions of “The Vagina Monologues,” to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the effort to stop violence — including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery — against women and girls.

“Until the Violence Stops” premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and has won multiple awards.

It follows the V-Day movement from its 1998 Hammerstein Ballroom beginning through its growth today and features interviews and readings by women who courageously reveal their intimate experiences and bond together to break the silence that surrounds abuse.

The event is free and open to the public, but the opportunity to contribute to the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will be available.

For more information, contact the Women’s Center at 931/372-3850 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .