5th Annual Socially Relevant Film Festival Returns to New York

Nora Armani, founding artistic director, stated that the goal of the event is to “raise awareness for everyday social issues through the powerful medium of cinema.”

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Maya Angelou’s message was universal. It was the directive to believe in your own voice, and to know that you are enough.

P.S. Jerusalem: Danae Elon Returns Home

Danae Elon’s new documentary, “P.S. Jerusalem,” offers a bird’s-eye view of a society at war externally and internally. It is a three-year visual diary. Danae records her move from Brooklyn, New York back to the city of her childhood, Jerusalem.

Love Thy Nature: Rethinking Our Connections

“We are so far away from nature, that we are running into an evolutionary wall,” explains social scientist, Duane Elgin.

Filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum: Reconciling with Mother

The film is Kirschenbaum’s undertaking to get to the bottom of her family’s dynamics, and why her mother had such enmity towards her. “What went wrong?” she asks.

“Toxic Hot Seat” Ignites Awareness

One of the top takeaways from the documentary for the general public is the startling information that there are approximately 84,000 chemicals being used commercially in the country.

“Trashed” Examines Global Waste

As part of the “Reel Pieces” movie series at the 92Y in New York City, Annette Insdorf hosted Jeremy Irons in a screening of Trashed. Irons, the executive producer of the film, also takes on the role of citizen-journalist narrator. Along with director Candida Brady, they explore the issue of global waste—and how each individual […]

“Sweet Dreams”— Reconciliation in Rwanda at DocNYC

Through the artistry and energy of drumming, Odile “Kiki” Katese, a Rwandan theater director, saw a channel for the many who were broken.

A Portrait of Activism: “How to Survive a Plague”

Individual activism matters. Coalesced into group action—it is mighty.

The Artist as Dissident — “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry”

Ai Weiwei learned early on about politics and art through the experience of his father Ai Qing, a renowned poet who was imprisoned by Chiang Kai-shek.