On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Montana State University Leadership Institute will screen the documentary film “Beyond Belief” at 7 p.m. in the MSU Procrastinator Theater, located in the Strand Union Building. This event is free and open to the public, and campus parking is free after 6 p.m.
Based on the true stories of two powerful women, the award-winning film follows the compelling lives of two soccer moms who transformed grief from a national tragedy into means of change.
Expectant mothers Susan Retik and Patti Quigley lost their husbands in the World Trade Centers. Brought together by the shattering aftermath of Sept. 11, the women used their grief to focus on the country where the terrorists who took their husbands' lives were trained: Afghanistan.
As Retik and Quigley make the courageous journey from their comfortable neighborhoods to the most desperate Afghan villages, they discover a powerful bond with each other, an unlikely kinship with widows halfway around the world, and a profound way to move beyond tragedy.
Following the film, there will be a conversation titled "Two Cultures, One Hardship." This conversation will offer the audience a chance to discuss current issues highlighted in the film with MSU Leadership Institute student staff and each other. Desserts will be provided.
For more information, call the MSU Leadership Institute at 994-7275 or visit www.montana.edu/leadership.