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September 6, 2012 
WMM is pleased to announce that FREE ANGELA & ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS, by filmmaker Shola Lynch, will be screening in the Gala section at this year's TIFF. The film was produced through WMM's Production Assistance ProgramWMM is also the distributor of Shola's groundbreaking, Peabody Award-winning film, CHISHOLM '72.
Other filmmakers represented by WMM with screenings include Grace Lee (THE GRACE LEE PROJECT) with JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, as well as Sally Potter's (THRILLER) newest title, GINGER AND ROSA and Valeria Sarmiento (A MAN, WHEN HE IS A MAN) with LINES OF WELLINGTON. 

WMM Executive Director Debra Zimmerman will speak on a panel at TIFF Docs Conference, "Maximizing the Education Market"  on September 11, along with Ryan Krivoshey (Cinema Guild) and Richard Lorber 
(Kino Lorber).


Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary (Short Subject), SAVING FACE is a harshly realistic view of how many women in Pakistan are known to be victimized by brutal acid attacks by spouses or family members, with numerous cases going unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred. Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad left his prominent London practice to return to his home country and help the victims of such attack, along with NGOs, sympathetic policymakers, politicians, support groups with other acid attack victims. 
More titles like SAVING FACE are available in our Violence Against Women special collection. 
NewHeadline3WOMEN MAKE MOVIES @ 40!
WMM continues to celebrate 40 years with these upcoming festivals and conferences.

Kristen Fitzpatrick, Public Exhibition & Acquisitions Manager and Maya Jakubowicz, Finance & Administrative Manager, will attend the National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC) National Conference from September 6-8. Kristen will participate in the "Distribution: Brave New Worlds" panel and films SCARLET ROAD, SARABAH and LOVE & DIANE will screen.

From September 14-16, WMM moves to the Riviera, where we will be celebrating our anniversary at a special event in Monaco with Grace, A Symbol of Change. WMM will be presenting a Mini Film Festival, sponsored by no other than BMW, the makers of the Mini Cooper! We'll be screening five films on human rights issue with their filmmakers in attendance; Tracie Holder, Production Assistance Program Consultant, and Debra Zimmerman will lead a panel discussion, " Can Documentaries Change the World."   Films screening include POETRY OF RESILIENCE; INVOKING JUSTICE; JUSTICE FOR SALE; SARABAH, and THE PRICE OF SEX. 

Also helping to celebrate the 40th anniversary from September 27-30, Dallas Video Festival
will screen SCARLET ROAD. There will be a special presentation on the history of WMM by Debra Zimmerman and a brunch for women filmmakers.

Events will continue through March 2013, so be sure to keep checking our Upcoming Events 
page - you can also donate to help us continue bringing our films around the globe!

In the past weeks, these news items were discussed worldwide. Many WMM films also relate to these hot button issues.

RACHEL examines the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003. Corrie's parents filed suit against Israel's Ministry of Defense in a quest for accountability; however, the judge backed an earlier Israeli investigation that cleared any soldier of wrongdoing. See more titles about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict here.


Seventeen Vows to Show Girls 'As They Really Are' (NYT)

GIRL POWER, a thought-provoking short film, examines the impact that the media has on young girls' identity. Other titles that address body image and the media, including COVER GIRL CULTURE and SEXY INC., can be found in WMM's Body Image collection. 


Children, women newest victims of Congo rebellion (Huffington Post)

JUSTICE FOR SALE follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo, who refuses to accept that justice is indeed "For Sale" in her country. Find more titles like these including Emmy-nominated THE GREATEST SILENCE, in WMM's collection, Africa is a Woman's Name.


Senate Candidate Provokes Ire With 'Legitimate Rape' Comment (NYT)

For a comprehensive look at the politics surrounding abortion and women's reproductive rights, and for real stories from real women about their experiences, check out WMM's collection of titles on 

Health & Politics which includes timely films like MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE and I HAD AN ABORTION.


WMM filmmaker Natalia Almada's newest film, EL VELADOR, will have its broadcast premiere on PBS, September 27. The film was produced through WMM's Production Assistance Program

EL VELADOR tells the story of the night watchman who guards the mausoleums of some of Mexico's most notorious drug lords. It screened at Cannes: Directors' Fortnight and has been called "an unsettlingly quiet, even lyrical film about a world made and unmade by violence," by The New York Times.
Two of Natalia's films, the Sundance Award-winning EL GENERAL and ALL WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY, are distributed by WMM.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Women Make Movies. Since its beginnings in 1972, WMM has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor. For 40 years, WMM has transformed the landscape of filmmaking for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women around the world to screens everywhere. Now, with more than 550 films in our catalog, including Academy®, Emmy®, Peabody and Sundance nominees and award winners, WMM is the largest distributor of films by independent women directors in the world. In the last five years, dozens of WMM films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and the Sundance Channel, among others. In addition, in the last year, our Production Assistance (PA) Program has helped hundreds of women filmmakers raise $2.1 million to fund their productions from concept to completion, resulting in numerous award-winning films. 

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