Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Screening - "Children's Stories" at Maspeth Town Hall Friday, April 13th, 2018

For the fourth season, New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) presents the Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories Screening  — a free screening series of work by women filmmakers and producers focusing on the immigrant experience throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Join us for this installment titled "Children's Stories." Filmmakers will be available for a Q&A and refreshments will be available after the screening. 

 Ladders - 12:08 mins, written/produced by Susanna Locascio 

When a Dominican teenager attends a fundraising gala for her youth mentorship program it forces her to face some uncomfortable truths about her place in the world.

Susanna Locascio is a filmmaker interested in telling stories with a political perspective. Her current projects include an adaptation of a Washington Post article about gun violence and a comedy about graffiti writers. As a film critic she has covered festivals including SXSW and Toronto. Susanna received the 2015 IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship, and holds a BA in Government from Georgetown University and an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts.

 Zainab and Nirmeen - 6:41 mins, directed by Sriyanka Ray

Zainab and Nirmeen are two teens with an unlikely friendship. Zainab fled the war in Yemen and arrived in New York in 2015. Nirmeen is Palestinian American and a born and raised Brooklyn girl. They disagree on most things, including the wearing of the Hijab. They are also young Muslim activists fighting Islamophobia and racism in today’s political climate. In this piece, we follow the two friends and get a glimpse into their lives as they balance their activism and religion with being teenagers in Brooklyn.

Sriyanka Ray is Brooklyn based Indian journalist/video producer covering race, inequality, youth issues and the criminal justice system. She currently works as a staff video producer on BRIC TV's #Bheard strand of programming where she creates original, character-driven journalistic documentaries on social justice issues that range from race and policing to the war on terror to immigration and LGBTQ rights.Her films have broadcasted on U.S. public television and have earned her several Emmy® nominations and accolades along the way. She has an M.A in Media Studies from The New School, New York City and is a proud Bengali native of Kolkata, India. 

 Bienvenido - 4:58 mins, directed by Teresa Torchiano

A family is targeted with a hate crime following the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.

Teresa Torchiano is a New York based filmmaker whose career and interests lie at the intersection between film, education, and social/environmental justice. As a first generation child of an immigrant, the topics of immigration and class were very present for her growing up and continue to be areas that she explores in her work. Teresa was Assistant Editor on the documentary “Trouble the Water” ( 2008
Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner) and is also an MFA candidate at Feirstein School of Cinema.

 Dear Pope Francis - 17 mins, directed by Gauri Adelkar

When her best friend is taken away during an immigration raid, on the day of the Pope’s visit to their city, Adriana decides to take matters into her own hands.

Gauri Adelkar is an engineer turned filmmaker based in New York and Mumbai. She is currently a MFA candidate in Screenwriting & Directing at Columbia University. She is the current recipient of the Breaking Barriers Award for Female Directors. In 2017, a short film she co-wrote at Columbia was one of the five films that won the #NewView film competition organized by Glamor Magazine and the GirlGaze project. Her debut short - The Theft - won Best Director at the Boston International Film Festival, Best Short at the Boston Kids Film Festival, Gold Award at Documentary & Short Film Festival, Jakarta and screened at various international film festivals around the world.


Friday, April 13, 2018

6:30 PM

Location: Maspeth Town Hall
53-37 72nd St.
Maspeth, NY 11378


Questions? Email Easmanie Michel at emichel@nywift.org.

Save the date for select upcoming screenings & events in this series:

April 19th, 2018 at 6:30pm - New York Irish Center
(1040 Jackson Ave # 3, Long Island City, NY 11101)
Green Card Narratives
The Somasundarams - 6:25 mins, directed by Amrita Singh
Katcha’s Unexpectedly Long Journey to the Beach - 9:50 mins, directed by Nada Stjepanovic
Johnny Loves Dolores - 27 mins, directed by Clarissa de los Reyes

April 26th, 2018 at 6:30pm - The Museum of the Moving Image
(36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY 11106)
LGBTQ Narratives
Nowhere - 15:21 mins, directed Apoorva Charan
Nobody’s Watching - 102 mins, directed by Julia Solomonoff

May 12th, 2018 at 6:30pm - Maspeth Town Hall
(53-37 72nd St, Maspeth, NY 11378)
Immigrant and First Generation Women’s Media Production Workshop
In collaboration with Third World Newsreel

June 14th, 2018 at 7pm - Onderdonk House
(1820 Flushing Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385)
Immigrant and First Generation Women’s Workshop Films Screening
When We Meet Again
Before David

More dates to follow! See www.nywift.org for updates.

A Special Thanks to City Council Member Robert Holden 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