Short Film screening followed by a Panel
We know that film drives culture – it can influence how people think, feel, and perceive the world around them. Global gender justice organizations including UN Women and Global Fund for Women are harnessing the power of film to challenge stereotypes and foster public support for feminist action. Join us for an intergenerational and intersectional discussion on how activists are building momentum, making progress, and writing new futures for themselves and their communities — and using film to drive progress.
We will begin by screening the New York Premiere of a short film from the upcoming documentary series, Fundamental: “Defenders of Justice: Fighting Racism and Patriarchy in Brazil”. The series, created by Global Fund for Women in partnership with two-time Academy Award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, follows activists from five different countries who are working on the front lines of the global fight for gender justice. The other four films in the series will be available for viewing at the Activism Booth on Saturday and Sunday of the Athena Film Festival.
Latanya Mapp Frett is President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, one of the world’s leading foundations for gender justice. Global Fund for Women envisions a world in which movements for gender justice have transformed power and privilege for a few into equity and equality for all. As a feminist fund, Global Fund for Women offers flexible support to a diverse group of partners—more than 5,000 groups across 175 countries so far—to create meaningful change that will last beyond our lifetimes.
Brianna Johnson is a junior at Barnard pursuing a double major in Theatre and Africana Studies. Although Theatre has been her primary mode of academic interest and experience, she plans to pursue film in the near future.
Lopa Banerjee is the Director of the Civil Society Division at UN Women. She leads UN Women’s work on supporting and strengthening civil society contribution, participation, and influence in policy discussion and decision processes to influence global action on gender equality.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a Pakistani journalist, filmmaker, and activist. She is known for her work in films that highlight the inequality with women. She is the recipient of two Academy Awards, six Emmy Awards, and a Knight International Journalism Award. Sharmeen is the director of the upcoming documentary series, Fundamental: “Defenders of Justice: Fighting Racism and Patriarchy in Brazil”