IMPACT Chicago celebrates 30 years with Film Screening: Beauty Bites Beast

10.18.17 by Martha Thompson

Martha Thompson is a fifth-degree black belt training member at Thousand Waves. She is also a lead self-defense instructor at IMPACT Chicago. Martha has been teaching IMPACT since 1988. She is also an Instructor Trainer, Director Emeritus, and Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator. She is the IMPACT Chicago representative to the international IMPACT community.

2017 is the IMPACT Chicago Self-Defense 30-year anniversary. Earlier this year, IMPACT celebrated the board, instructors, staff, students, and volunteers who have kept IMPACT going for 30 years. Now IMPACT is ready to launch the next 30 years of providing people with tools to prevent, minimize, and stop violence and to expand its participation in the empowerment self-defense movement to end violence and build a non-violent world in which all people can live safely and with dignity.

IMPACT Chicago is kicking off its next 30 years with filmmaker and self-defense advocate Ellen Snortland and a screening of her documentary film, Beauty Bites Beast: The Missing Conversation About Ending Violence. While bystander intervention, consent, and changing rape culture are very much part of the conversation about ending sexual violence (and deservedly so), what is missing in the conversation is the transformational experience of learning verbal, emotional, and physical empowerment self-defense. Ellen’s film (and book of the same name) makes the case for the importance of including empowerment self-defense in conversations about ending violence.

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is hosting the event and providing snacks and beverages. Vanille Patisserie is donating specialty macaroons and Goddess and Grocer is donating a Cookies, Bars, and Brownies Platter. Please RSVP to make sure you can quickly check through campus security and that we have a seat for you.

Beauty Bites Beast: The Missing Conversation about Ending Violence
Free Documentary Film Screening and Q & A with Filmmaker Ellen Snortland
The Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 37 S. Wabash, Chicago
October 24, 4-6:30 pm RSVP


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