A Thousand Sisters by Lisa J. Shannon

By Lisa J. Shannon

Lisa Shannon had what a few could name an excellent life—her personal company, a winning fiancé, a safe domestic. Then sooner or later in 2005, presently after her father’s dying, an episode of Oprah replaced every little thing. The convey approximately ladies within the Congo depicted atrocities too terrible to understand: thousands useless, ladies gang-raped and tortured, kids ravenous and death in stunning numbers. That day Lisa awakened to her dissatisfaction with the “good” lifestyles and to her position as an activist and a sister.

She created a beginning known as Run for Congo ladies, with the aim to elevate cash to sponsor 30 Congolese ladies. What all started as a solo 30-mile run has now grown right into a nationwide association in reference to girls for girls overseas. Run for Congo girls holds fundraising runs in 4 international locations and ten states, and keeps to elevate funds and information. In one thousand Sisters, Lisa stocks firsthand bills of her reviews vacationing the Congo, the ladies she’s helped, and the relationships she’s shaped. With compelling tales of why she is still devoted to this reason, Lisa evokes her viewers to arrive out and aid besides, forming a sisterhood that transcends geographic barriers.

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He commissioned Coppola to interpolate some nudie footage in color into the black-andwhite film, in much the same way he had amalgamated The Peeper and The Wide Open Spaces into a single film. The final film was retitled The Bellboy and the Playgirls (and not The Belt Girls and the Playboy, as Chaillet and Vincent erroneously assert). Since this was the only Coppola movie I had not seen at the time I interviewed him, I asked him about it. He answered that this picture got him a few days' work, "adding five three-minute nudie sketches in color to a stupid German movie that had been shot in black-and-white," amounting to fifteen minutes of additional footage.

Coppola was familiar with the play, since he had directed it on the stage at Hofstra. The play simply presents a thirteen-year-old girl named Willie Starr who has been deserted by her parents. Willie recounts for a lad named Tom the sad story of her sister Alva, who took care of her until Alva's untimely death from lung cancer. And so it is Alva whom Willie idolizes and wants to imitate. Unfortunately, since Alva was a prostitute in her mother's boarding house/ brothel for railroad men, Willie naively but firmly believes that the kind of life Alva led is the only truly glamorous existence for any girl.

When Louise rises to the lake's surface close to the shore, she is bludgeoned to death by an unseen attacker. This episode, of course, is a revised version of the scene that Coppola originally pitched to Corman as the basis of his film. Lady Haloran pays a visit to Kathleen's dollhouse, which she has turned into a musty shrine to her dead daughter. There she discovers the effigy of Kathleen—it apparently floated to the surface of the lake, was retrieved by the psycho loose on the estate, and was placed in Kathleen's playhouse.

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