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12th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival

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May 4, 2013
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The 12th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival
Presented by the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Saturday May 4th, 2013
LIU Brooklyn
Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room
(Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues)

10am: Youth Film Festival

The Brooklyn Chapter of the Links Inc. will present a selection of local youth-produced media from Reel Works Teen Filmmaking and Scenarios USA. See below for information on both organizations. Total program: 95 minutes

12:30pm: Reception

1pm: Opening Remarks and Introductions

1:15pm: 12th Annual WADFF Main Program

Little Brother: A Do Right Man
Director: Jasmin Tiggett, Executive Producer: Nicole Franklin, EPIPHANY Inc. US, 2013, 15 min
The third chapter in the Little Brother series, an interactive media project dedicated to giving Black boys a unique voice. In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting and the midst of a rocky political climate, we hear from young men in the state of Florida about the relationships in their lives that are helping prepare them for adult life and the challenges ahead.

[2pm: Global Films]

Our Rhineland
Director: Faren Humes, US, 2011, 17 min
In 1937, under the Third Reich, Germans of mixed race are being rounded up and rendered sterile. The looming threat is dangerously close, yet two sisters struggle over how to react - Sofia yearns to fight, while Marta says cope. Their bond must be stronger than their differences if they are to overcome the horror of the Reich.

Director: Priscilla Anany, Ghana, 2013, 20 min
Hospitals is a contemporary drama about ailing maternal health in a remote village in the Volta region of Ghana, West Africa. With four female characters, the film summarizes the plight of hundreds of women who suffer due to the absence of regulated and accessible health-care.

The Things I See
Director: Shirley Bruno, UK, 2012, 10 min
A coming-of-age story about eleven year-old Matou who pretends to need glasses in order to be "seen" by her family. The eye glasses get her some attention, however, in wearing them her focus begins to shift literally and figuratively. With them she sees blurry but internally she begins to see sharper. A snapshot portrait of a Haitian family coping with life abroad.

[3pm: New Documentaries]

Girls of Daraja.
Director: Barbara Rick, Executive Producer: Deborah Santana, US, 2012, 14 min
Celebrating the unique and powerful Daraja Academy: a free secondary school for exceptional girls in rural Kenya. Daraja and its supporters believe educated girls can transcend poverty and change the world.

Why Do You Have Black Dolls?
Director: Samantha Knowles, US, 2012, 25min
Inspired by a question asked of Knowles as a child, the film, the first of its kind, focuses on the little-known black doll community and brings heart-warming and powerful story of the history, beauty, and pride that is the black doll.

Even Me
Producer: Megan Ebor, US, 2012, 25 min
A documentary about the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic among ethnic minority, older adults 50+. Defying the myth that HIV/AIDS is a gay or young person's disease, this revealing documentary depicts the devastating impact of this epidemic on the heterosexual, older adult population and communities of color.

[4:45pm: Closing Shorts and Feature Presentation]

Director: Hilliard Guess, Producer: Penelope Lowder, USA, 2013, 14min
Sheila Robinson, the ever-loving devoted wife who’s at her wits end, has some big decisions to make. But unbeknownst to her oblivious husband Leonard, he won’t be a part of the decision making. Will this wacky couple’s love survive? Or will it be lost, like their dream home in... ‘4Closure’?

Everything Absolutely
Directors: Natalie Paul & Terence Nance, US, 2012, 11min
Maybe all she needs is good conversation. Everything Absolutely follows a lady out on a date with a guy. Pam Grier, parents, and pesto all somehow find its way into this simple, intimate journey, about 12 minutes long

Single Hills
Director: Wilkie Cornelius Jr., US, 2012, 75min
A young Brooklyn writer, fearful of serious commitment, sends his longtime girlfriend ambivalent messages about the status of their future. When she distances herself from their relationship, he realizes his loss and fanatically pursues her until his life spirals out of control. This romantic drama about love and loss, examines black male vulnerability as it relates to matters of the heart

Yvonne Presha
Sharon Simmons
Monica Sweeney
Jacqueline Charity
Gay Bullock
Kitrena Foster
Antonia Yuille Williams

Yvonne Presha and Antonia Yuille Williams, Co-Chairs, Women of African Descent Film Festival
Frances Horne and Antoinette Lamb, Co-Chairs, Youth Film Festival
Sharon Simmons, Arts Facet Chair
Larry Banks, Rodney K. Hurley, Harriet Goldsmith, Vinh-Hoi Ngo, Lauryn Bretches, LIU Brooklyn
Nick Shimkin, Pauline Etim-Ubah, Sara DeRose, Courtney Wendroff, Brooklyn Arts Council
Hon. Cheryl Chambers, Pres., Brooklyn Chapter of The Links
Mari-Lynn Staton, Esq., Chair, Salute to Youth, Inc.
Maura Minsky and Rob York, Scenarios USA
Mari Irizarry, John Williams, and Caroline Golum, Reel Works

The program is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC); and is sponsored in part by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, also administered by BAC.
Additional sponsors include Con Edison, Centric, LIU Brooklyn’s Media Arts Department, Reel Works, and the members of The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links and Salute to Youth Inc.

Special thanks to the following Brooklyn Links members for underwriting the filmmakers’ stipends:
Karen Abel-Bey, Delrita Abercrombie, Melissa Bonaldes, Gay Bullock, Evelyn Castro, Cheryl Chambers, Jacqueline Charity, Eva Delsarte, Marguerita Fletcher, Kitrena Foster,  Frances Horne, Evelyn Kalibala, Antoinette Lamb, Cheryl Lewis-Smith, Cassaundra Manning, Theresa Manning, Sharon Myrie, Yvonne Presha, Dr./Mrs. William Pollard, Marilyn Reid, Sharon Simmons, Gwendolyn Simpson, Mari-Lynn Staton, Clotilde Stenson, and Nola Whiteman


Officers: Hon. Cheryl Chambers, Pres., Antonia Y. Williams, 1st  VP, Portia Gordon, Ph.D, 2nd VP, Evelyn Castro, Ph.D, Corr. Sec’t. Theresa Manning, Rec. Sec’t., Terri Foster, Asst. Rec., Sec’t., Melissa Bonaldes, Esq., Fin. Sec't., Eva Delsarte, Tres.
Members: Karen Abel-Bey, Esq., Delrita Abercrombie,Ph.D., Nikki Bethel, Melissa Bonaldes, Esq., Gay Bullock, Ph.D., Jacqueline Charity, Tracy Cook-Person, Marguerita Fletcher, Kitrena Foster, Muriel Goode-Trufant,Esq., L. Celestine Grimes, Leslie Hayes,M.D., Frances Horne, Aarona Jordan, Damali Kalibala, Antoinette Lamb, Cheryl Lewis-Smith, Cassaundra Manning, Esq., Depelsha McGruder, Sharon Myrie, Esq., Dorothy Nelson, Monique Nelson, Merriette Pollard, Yvonne Presha, Patricia Ramseur, Marilyn Reid, Sharon Simmons, Ph.D., Stephanie Smith, Mari-Lynn Staton, Esq., Monica Sweeney, M.D.

Alumnae Members: Doris Alexis, Bobbye Butts, Jocelyn Cooper, Pamela DeLongoria, Ola Hightower, Evelyn Kalibala, Jean Leach, Rubie Malone, DSW, Gwendolyn Simpson, Katherine Solomon, Nola Whiteman 

Arts Facet Members
Hon. Cheryl Chambers, President
Eva Delsarte
Kitrena Foster
Terri Foster
Frances Horne
Antoinette Lamb
Depelsha McGruder
Sharon Myrie, Esq.
Sharon Simmons, Ph.D.
Antonia Yuille Williams
Yvonne Presha

Reel Works provides a free filmmaking program continuum for NYC teens. Using a unique one-on-one mentoring model, we challenge at-risk youth to tell their stories and have their voices heard. In turn, they build vital skills of literacy, leadership and self-confidence to create productive futures.

Founded in 1999, Scenarios USA is a national non-profit organization that uses writing and film to foster youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression in students across the country with a focus on marginalized populations and underserved communities. We are built on the belief that by valuing youth and listening to their opinions, we can promote healthy relationships and empower a new generation of engaged citizens.

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