Filmmaker to visit Suffolk

Published 11:35 pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An award-winning filmmaker will answer questions from the audience after a free screening of his documentary lifting the lid on oppression of women in India. 
Kenny Saylors, one half of Saylors Brothers Entertainment, will visit Suffolk on Friday for “Veil of Tears,” which tells the story how millions of Indian women are persecuted for their gender, according to Princella Johnson, founder of The Jesus Princess Christian Womanhood Society.

“The awareness of the human suffering of gender-based women has been coming to the forefront, as far as the media,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she learned about the Sundance Film Festival-selected film when she attended a Christian Women in Media Association national conference in Dallas in April.

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“I attended the screening, and I was absolutely mortified” by the situation the film reports on, she said.

But Johnson also said she was inspired to learn of the work a group calling itself Gospel for Asia is doing to help women in countries like India.

Johnson and her husband started sponsoring a child through the group, she said, in addition to the two African children they already sponsored.

She said she sees economic self-sufficiency as the path to a better life for persecuted women: “When the women are able to become self-sufficient, they are not as vulnerable to becoming victims of abuse.”

The film will be screened Friday at Brian and Wanda Rowe’s barn, 803 Cypress Chapel Road, from 6:30 p.m.

Though the event is free, Johnson encouraged folks to register, online at wwww.jesusprincesscws.eventbrite.com, or by calling her at 394-3377.

“For (Kenny Saylors) to come to Suffolk, I think, is an incredible opportunity for our children to be inspired to learn,” Johnson said. “At the same time, it will motivate and galvanize people.”