CUNY’s Global Film Series

CUNY’s Second Annual Global Film Series on Women’s Human Rights, held on March 29-31, 2012, will bring together amazing films, filmmakers, prominent journalists, and activists to discuss the often-abysmal state of women’s rights throughout the world.

Launched last year at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the film series will feature works from Russia, Tanzania, Nepal, Colombia, Kenya, Western Sahara, Afghanistan, Zambia, the United States and other countries where women are subject to such chronic problems as poor maternal care, sex trafficking, honor killings, child marriage, rape as a weapon of war, and genital mutilation.

The series will bring together filmmakers, journalists, students, activists and scholars such as Oriana Zill, Maggie Betts and Marina Goldovskaya over this three-day event and explore the intersection of journalism, documentary film and activism.

“We intend to use this series as a platform for not just viewing films but for significant discussions about continuing the wonderful filmmaking and finding ways to forge partnerships among foreign correspondents, filmmakers, producers and student journalists. We want to listen to activists and come up with ideas to keep the world’s most horrific practices against women in the public discussion,” said Associate Professor Lonnie Isabel, chair and founder of the event and director of the school’s International Reporting Program.

This year the series is expanding to other CUNY campuses with a Friday, March 30, event at City College featuring “The War We Are Living,” which chronicles the efforts of two Afro-Colombian women who are fighting to stop the government from permitting prospectors to take over their gold-rich traditional lands.  The program at CCNY’s Steinman Hall, 160 Convent Avenue, will begin with a reception sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office at 6 p.m., the film and a panel discussion.  The producer Oriana Zill, of Women War & Peace, is scheduled to appear, along with Afro-Latina activists.  Linda Villarosa, director of CCNY’s Journalism program, will moderate.

The series kicks off Thursday, March 29, at 11 a.m. at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. 219 W. 40th, with a series of films, including a presentation at 4 p.m. to New York City High School Students, sponsored by the Harnisch Collaborative Future of Journalism Projects.

On Saturday, March 31, an all-day program will include a presentation of short films and panelists from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, one our original partners.  All events are free and open to the public

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism opened in 2006 under its Founding Dean Steve Shepard, former editor-in-chief of Business Week. The three-semester master’s program offers a converged curriculum and a state-of-the-art facility.

This series is planned as the first of an annual festival that will, in subsequent years award grants for student documentary filmmakers. Co-sponsors of the film series include the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and the International Reporting Project. Partners include Fork Films, DCTV  and Women for Afghan Women.

For more information, please contact To learn more about us, check out the International Reporting Program and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.


Photo Credit: Steve Evans



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