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Still from Mondays at Racine
Still from Mondays at Racine
NYWIFT Member Screening Series: Mondays at Racine

Join us this month for a special showing of the Oscar-nominated film Mondays At Racine, part of the NYWIFT Member Screening Series which provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. The event takes place at the Anthology Film Archives, after which we enjoy networking at a nearby bar. NYWIFT member Maria Pusateri worked as associate producer on this film and will be available for Q&A immediately following the screening, along with co-producer Vanessa Bergonzoli, and film subjects Rachel DeMolfetto, Cynthia Sansone, and Warren Hart.

The documentary, from Academy Award-winning director Cynthia Wade (Freeheld), follows New York sisters Cynthia and Rachel. Every third Monday of the month, these women open the doors of their Long Island hair salon, Racine, to women diagnosed with cancer. As locks of hair fall to the floor, women gossip, giggle, weep, face their fears and discover unexpected beauty. Determined to make the day’s customers feel beautiful, the sisters know the day’s challenge goes beyond painted toes or the right haircut. The dynamic duo has dedicated third Mondays to women undergoing chemotherapy – women like Cambria and Linda, two unlikely friends who meet at Racine.

The sisters give women who are losing their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes a sense of normalcy and dignity in a traumatic and uncertain time.  The story of what hair means to us quickly unfolds into a study of womanhood, marriage and survival.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events 
are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of 
Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York 
State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and 
the New York State Legislature.