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Immigrant Women: Sharing Our Voices Through Film - Short Docs

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) presents Immigrant Women: Sharing Our Voices Through Film, a five-part screening series of work by women filmmakers focusing on the immigrant experience throughout the five boroughs of New York City. This initiative presents one screening per month from February to June 2015.

The fourth screening will take place on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The Ridgewood Public Library, located at 20-12 Madison St, Ridgewood, NY 11385, and will feature three short documentaries.

Greenpoint, Brooklyn
2015, 11:52 mins.
Directed: Ilja Willems

This film is about the melting pot that is NYC and about what it is like to live in a country that isn’t ‘yours.’ Sara Frohlick was born and raised in Poland but moved to New York city when she was 20 years old to live with her mother. Now, at the age of 28, she can hardly imagine living in Poland again. Greenpoint, Brooklyn tells the story of two generations of immigrants in one single family who try to build a life in the USA, but at the same time cannot (and will not) forget about their Polish roots.

Why We Rise
2015, 13:23 mins.
Co-Directed: Corinne Manabat

Three brave young New Yorkers reveal what it's like to grow up without having legal immigration status. Their struggles and their strength are on full display as they come out of the shadows and into the light, fighting for a better life for themselves, for their families and for all immigrants.



Poet Against Prejudice 
2015, 27 mins.
Executive Producer (BYkids): Holly Carter  

Faiza Almontaser, a 17-year-old from New York City, immigrated with her family to the U.S. from Yemen when she was in middle school, and she faced vicious bullying because of her Islamic identity. Mentored by the legendary pioneer of direct cinema, Albert Maysles, Almontaser shows us her courageous and inspiring journey from victim to activist. 

About the filmmakers:

?Ilja Willems is a filmmaker from the Netherlands, who left her beloved Amsterdam to start a new adventure in NYC four years ago. She is currently working on a documentary series for Dutch television.  Also, working with her partner in crime – and cameraman – Remco Bikkers, she is filming independent documentaries. Willems likes to tell fascinating, personal stories which portray larger social issues and universal subjects. Since 2000 she spent most of her time working on productions abroad, filming around the globe. She is very interested in showing differences - but moreover, similarities - between people and cultures all over the world.

Corrine Manabat is a Filipino American independent documentary filmmaker/media educator in NYC. She is the co-producer of What Happened to Danny, an independent feature about the death of Private Danny Chen. Most notably, her documentary short Excuse My Gangsta Ways (2008) screened at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, University of California San Diego, the New School and Columbia University. As a teaching artist for the past four years, she has been involved with Maysles Documentary Center, Tribeca Film Institute, Third World Newsreel and Global Action Project.

Holly Carter began her career as a writer and editor at The New York Times and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She has lived in Korea as a Henry Luce scholar and print and television journalist; produced the award-winning documentary Margaret Sanger; co-founded North Carolina's Full Frame Festival; served as a consultant for The After-School Corporation; produced the PBS series Media Matters; ran The Global Film Initiative. In 2007, she founded BYkids to help kids around the world tell their own stories through film with mentoring by master filmmakers. Season One of the BYkids series of films will soon premiere on Public Television. 

There will be a Q&A and reception with the filmmakers following the screening.

Please refer to HopStop for the best route to The Ridgewood Library (20-12 Madison St, Ridgewood, NY 11385) .  The closest stop is on the M line (Forest Ave).

Produced by Elizabeth Estrada 

A Special Thanks to City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley who selected New York Women in Film & Television to receive funding for the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.

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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.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts