Lowestoft schools to show Embrace documentary as woman continues to spread body image message
PUBLISHED: 15:14 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:14 16 November 2017
A documentary which aims to empower men and women to love their bodies is being screened at three Lowestoft schools and a college thanks to a campaign by a local woman.
Jane Page, of Oulton Broad, saw Taryn Brumfitt’s Embrace documentary at Norwich’s Odeon cinema at the start of the year, and was so inspired by its message that she went on to arrange two screenings of the film in Lowestoft.
Now, after forming a partnership with Lowestoft Rising, she wants to empower even more people to appreciate the way they look.
Mrs Page said: “With two successful screenings of Embrace under my belt, I still have a passion to reach as many people as possible. Especially anyone involved with our young people and the young people themselves – with this powerful message addressing the global epidemic of negative body image, self loathing and the anxiety, depression and yoyo dieting it can cause and replacing it with self love, body positivity and empowerment.”
The film tells the story of how Ms Brumfitt found herself at the centre of a media storm after posting a before and after photo online that ignited a worldwide frenzy and saw the image viewed more than 100 million times.
Mrs Page has been working with Phil Aves from Lowestoft Rising to organise the latest screenings and together they have co-funded the license, with some of the money raised by those who attended the original screenings.
In order to make it accessible to all, the screenings will be free to attend, and each showing is open to the wider community as well as those at the school or college.
Mr Aves said: “With mental wellbeing being such an important factor in our schools and society we felt that this important film was a must see, hence we have put our full support behind getting it shown across Lowestoft.”
The documentary is open to everyone, but is rated a 12A and is not recommended for those under 10.
It will be screened at Pakefield High School on Tuesday, November 21, Lowestoft Sixth Form College on Monday, November 27, Ormiston Denes Academy on Tuesday, November 28 and East Point Academy on Monday, December 11. All showings will start at 7.30pm, with doors open at 7pm.
To watch the Embrace trailer, visit https://bodyimagemovement.com/watch-the-embrace-trailer/
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