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Award-winning 9/11 documentary to be screen at MSU on Sept. 14

September 8, 2011

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The Montana State University Leadership Institute will screen the documentary film, "Beyond Belief," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 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 women who lost their husbands in 9/11, the award-winning film follows the lives of the soccer moms as they transform their grief into means of change.

Expectant mothers Susan Retik and Patti Quigley both lost their husbands in the bombing of the World Trade Centers. Brought together by the shattering aftermath of 9/11, the women used their grief to focus on Afghanistan, the country where the terrorists who took their husbands' lives were trained.

Retik and Quigley focused on empowering the more than half a million widows in Afghanistan. Over the course of two years, Retik and Quigley waged their own war against poverty and illiteracy in Afghanistan, which they believed were root causes of terrorism, by developing organizations to provide food, education, and employment.

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 an optional critical conversation, "Two Cultures, One Hardship," which will offer the audience a chance to discuss current issues highlighted in the film with MSU Leadership Institute student staff and each other. Desert will be provided.

For more information, please call the MSU Leadership Institute at (406) 994-7275 or visit

Carmen McSpadden (406) 994-7667,