Free Screening: Major Leagues at The 8th Floor on July 17
NYWIFT members are invited to the free screening of  Major Leagues (¿Grandes Ligas?).

When: Wednesday, July 17th 
Time:   6:00  8:00 p.m.
Where: The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011

RSVP: info@the8thfloor.org 
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Major Leagues (¿Grandes Ligas?), directed by Alexandra Halkin of Americas Media Initiative, introduces the members of the Cuban National Women’s Baseball Team, as they discuss their passion for their sport and the trials and tribulations of participating in Cuba’s national past-time in a society filled with machismo, prejudice and daily hardships. The older generation of women who participated in the League in the 1940′s talk about how they dealt with sexism and how generation after generation women still face the same attitudes from men about their participation in the sport. Major Leagues (¿Grandes Ligas?), was awarded the Premio Grupo de Reflexión and Solidaridad Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero at the VIII Muestra de Nuevos Realizadores (Young Director’s Festival), 2009, Havana, Cuba; screened at the Baseball Film Festival 2009, New York, and at the Cine Pobre Festival in Cienfuegos, Cuba in 2008; it is also being used as part of a program to prevent domestic violence in Honduras and other Central American countries.

Alexandra Halkin the Documentary Filmmaker/Director founded the Chiapas Media Project, an award winning bi-national organization that has trained over 200 indigenous men and women in video production in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico. A Guggenheim Fellowship and Fulbright recipient, Alexandra has produced five documentary shorts in Mexico. In 2010, she founded the Americas Media Initiative (AMI) a non-profit organization that works with Cuban filmmakers living in Cuba. In March 2012, she collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art Department of Film on a US documentary shorts program, Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias that travelled to five towns in Cuba. In February, 2012 she co-organized the New Cuban Shorts, part of the Documentary Fortnight Series at the MoMA. .

Ernesto Perz Zambrano graduated from the Facultad de Comunicación Audiovisual del Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) (School of Audiovisual Media Communication of ISA), Havana, Cuba, in Audiovisual Communication with a specialization  in "Direction" in 2008. He has collaborated with the networks Red Iberoamericana de Masculinidades (Ibero-American Network of Masculinities) and the Red del Universo Audiovisual del Niño y la Niña Latinoamericanos (Network of the Audiovisual Universe of Latinamerican Girls and Boys). He has participated in academic events on masculine studies, gender studies and communication and environmental education. In 2012 he participated in the XXX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), San Francisco, California, and delivered the lecture Razones del documental contemporáneo en Cuba. His documentaries have been included, in various editions of the Muestra Joven (Young Directors Film Festival) and in the Muestra Hecho en Cuba (Made in Cuba). His filmography as director includes, the documentaries: Hombres Sobre Cubierta, “Men on Deck”  OJALÁ,  Canek, and ¿Grandes Ligas? “Major Leagues?.” 

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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