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Rights, Camera, Action! Short Docs by Women Activists


Location: Redstone Theater

Screening and panel discussion on emerging initiatives for social change, presented by MoMI Community Partner Emerald Isle Immigration Center in collaboration with Third World Newsreel   

This free screening and panel discussion features videos produced by emerging women activists of immigrant backgrounds through a media workshop held at MoMI in July 2018, in which participants collaborated with community leaders and filmmakers to learn how to use image, sound, and editing to create short videos on the theme of social change. Following the screening, panelists JT Takagi and Betty Bastidas, both filmmakers and activists, will lead a discussion on the process of participatory filmmaking as a strategy for social justice, in the Museum’s Digital Learning Suite. Featured short video works (approx. 1 hour) include: 

Borders Inside and Out (NYWIFT. 2015, 5 mins.)

A short documentary piece featuring two women, a young Latinx and an older Jewish woman, on how people can be divided by physical borders and internal ones as well. This short was created in the NYWIFT workshop piece Multiplicity of Us.

Dreamtown (Dir. Betty Bastidas. 2016, 10-minute excerpt of a 70-minute film.)

A documentary that follows the precarious dream of a young Afro-Ecuadorian soccer player, Anibal Chala, as he strives to make it in the professional leagues.

Judith: Portrait of a Street Vender (Dir. Zahida Pirani. 2014, 17 mins.)

A short film about the life of an immigrant woman activist and street vendor.

Work and Respect (Domestic Workers United with Third World Newsreel. 2010, 10 mins.)

This film features the stories of NYC housekeepers and nannies, some of the 200,000 strong domestic workforce largely comprised of women of color, many of whom are undocumented.

Rights, Camera, Action! (2018, 15 mins.)

A participatory video piece created collaboratively at MoMI through a two part workshop with Third World Newsreel and Emerald Isle Immigration Center.   

Admission is free. Please RSVP using this form. Tickets for the screening will be given out first-come, first-served on the day of the screening at the admission desk.