Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter to Air on PBS Feb. 9th

According to an announcement from Women Make Movies:

“Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater’s stirring film, MRS. GOUNDO’S DAUGHTER, will premiere nationally on AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, on PBS, February 9, in honor of the United Nation’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to end Female Genital Mutilation (February 6).

The film tells the story of one mother’s fight for political asylum in the United States in order to protect her daughter from the traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and the legal ramifications of doing so.”

  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
  • The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.
  • Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later, potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.
  • An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.
  • It is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 years.
  • In Africa an estimated 92 million girls from 10 years of age and above have undergone FGM.
  • FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

There are few who have addressed this issue publicly due to the social and cultural stigma attached to those still practicing FGM and those who feel pressure from their communities to have their daughters go through an often unsanitary and traumatic experience that plagues girls and women for the rest of their lives.

the United Nations Population Fund claims that, “Female genital mutilation, or cutting, predates Christianity and Islam – it is thought to have originated in the time of the pharaohs,” but there’s no concrete evidence of this. What is true is that FGM is a social practice –not a religious one– and it is practiced in primarily Muslim countries or in immigrant Muslim communities including  in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

More about Female Genital Mutilation:

Bennie Pearl Brown memorial fund supports black women in film, “Glory Days” project

According to InsightNews.com, Bennie Pearl Brown, age 85, of Minneapolis., passed away January 14, 2011, and the family requests donations be made in support of “Glory Days: A Tradition of Achievement,” a documentary film history of Black Women in development for public television. Tax deductible contributions made payable to “Glory Days the Film” with “Bennie Pearl Brown Legacy Fund” on the memo line can be sent to: “Honor Thy Mother” Bennie Pearl Brown Legacy Fund, c/o New York Women in Film & Television, 6 East 39th St, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016. For information on the film, email GloryDays@nullJanusAdams.com.

for questions on the fund, email Irma McClaurin: mcclaurinsolutions@nullgmail.com. You may also contribute to the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 2600 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406 in memory of Bennie Pearl Brown.

You can read more at InsightNews.com

ANNOUNCEMENT: Shooting Poverty – documentary competition

Shooting Poverty
Shooting Poverty is a competition for written Treatment for short documentary films (fictions will not be accepted). A jury of film as well as arms and development experts will select at least three treatments to receive full production support. The three films from different parts of the world will be put to the public’s vote online.

For tips on how to write your treatment – please watch the VIDEO.

For everything else you need to know to participate in this competition, please visit the Oxfam site at: http://shootingpoverty.org/participate/

Free Screening of Zimbabwean Documentary on 12/3!

The Women’s International Perspective, The WIP, along with The Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International, invite you to a screening of the award-winning documentary TAPESTRIES OF HOPE, followed by a Q & A session with Zimbabwean child and human rights activist Betty Makoni and filmmaker Michealene Cristini Risley, at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California.

TAPESTRIES OF HOPE, an astounding story told through filmmaker Risley’s eyes, captures her sojourn to Africa as she investigates the longstanding myths surrounding the power of virgin blood. Produced by Freshwater Haven, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the dramatic social change that is required to stop the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of women, Tapestries documents the work of Betty Makoni and her organization, Girl Child Network. The film follows the journey to healing taken by the girls who arrive at GCN daily. Caught in the crossfire of a country devastated by poverty, limited medicine, and the increasing use of girls as charms to heal illness, Tapestries allows us to witness the resiliency of these girls who refuse to be defined by their abuse.

This year, Tapestries of Hope has been awarded BEST DOCUMENTARY at the 2009 Louisville International Festival of Film, received an AWARD OF MERIT from the Accolade Film Awards and an Aloha Accolade at the 2009 Honolulu International Film Festival.

Please join The WIP, The Ginetta Sagan Fund, Betty Makoni and Michealene Cristini Risley at 6:30 pm, The Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated. Please RSVP to michelle@nullfreshwaterhaven.org.

For more information on the film visit www.tapestriesofhope.com or contact The Women’s International Perspective directly at 831-644-0116. To get involved, contact Michelle Titus, Executive Director, Freshwater Haven of Redwood City – www.freshwaterhaven.org.

More info: http://www.thewip.net/

Indie Filmmaker Resources from S.A.G. Indie

Your friends at the Screen Actors Guild (“SAG”) have created an “indie” version at SAGIndie (http://www.sagindie.org). An interesting concept, but it’s up to you, the filmmaker, to decide if it’s helpful.

There are a number of administrative forms to keep your set and crew on-track –your investors will love that. No more little pieces of paper, random receipts, and indiscriminate scheduling.

You can even put a call out for casting, and add your business to their directory.

More info: http://www.sagindie.org