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Ethel Kennedy film to be shown at Proctorville Center

PROCTORVILLE — A documentary about the woman today called the matriarch of the Kennedy clan, one of the most political families in the United States, will have a special showing at Ohio University Southern-Proctorville Center.

“Ethel: The Personal, Untold Story of Ethel Kennedy,” will be shown at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at the commons area of the Proctorville campus.

The film about Ethel Kennedy, widow of Sen. Robert Kennedy, once a Presidential contender and U.S. Attorney General, was produced by her daughter, Rory Kennedy, the child born after the 1968 assassination of the senator.

Rory Kennedy was one of 11 children of the couple.

The Proctorville Center was offered the opportunity to host the screening by Rock the Vote, an organization whose mission is to increase the number of young college students participating in elections.

“Rock the Vote encourages people to get out and vote,” Sarah Kyllo, student services specialist at the Proctorville Center, said. “It is especially geared toward students for them to realize their vote is important.”

In early October staff at the center set out a table in the hallway to offer voter registration packets if needed.

“We asked if they were registered to vote, if not we had the materials,” Kyllo said. “A lot were already registered. But it is good to have the conversation that you don’t want to forget to vote.”

The documentary was produced through a partnership between HBO Documentaries and Moxie Firecracker Films. Rock has a limited number of copies of the documentary that originally aired on HBO in mid-October.

“It will be a great learning opportunity for students to get a glimpse into a very political story,” Kyllo said. “And that she raised 11 children on her own is timeless.”

The showing is free and open to the community.