IAWRT India chapter presents “Mudri Zhinky….Wise Women,”a festival of films by women filmmakers from Ukraine.

The festival has been curated by IAWRT India member Smriti Nevatia who has put in a lot of hard work, time and energy in finding and selecting these films.

Some of these films are part of a larger package “FemaleVoicesUA” and the day-long festival will be on September 03, 2-8 pm, at the C. D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi.

The films portray a very different aspect of life in Ukraine which we have not yet seen on our screens amidst an onslaught of visuals of destruction in the ongoing Russian invasion attempt. 

IAWRT India chapter expresses its gratitude to Ukrainian Female Film Industry (UFFI) for sharing the films and to IIC for collaborating on this, especially the programme division. 

The UFFI is a collective of women film makers and they have graciously shared these films even as they face untold hardships on a daily basis. Visit Ukrainian Female Film Industry (UFFI) website to know more about them http://www.door.org.ua/. Donations can also be made at the same link to support women filmmakers from Ukraine.

The poster and schedule was designed by IAWRT India member Anitha Balachandran.

Workshop takes place with pre-registered participants on Zoom on August 28, 2022 | 8am Eastern Standard Time

Part of the My Climate Change Story: Cellphone Cinema Workshop

When investigating the impact of climate change one most often reads articles written either by scientists, journalists, or scholars. The voices of those who actually experience the devastating effects of this phenomenon are most often unheard.

In order to find a way to develop women and girls into streams of consciousness — looking at common themes: Themes emerging from these stories will be highlighted and used to initiate and forge networks, conversations, and collaboration to craft appropriate and relevant solutions. One of the goals is to teach women and girls to use their cell phones to tell their own stories.

The workshops will prepare women globally with an intergenerational lens to go into their communities, and use their cell phones to create a 3 to 7-minute vignette that will be uploaded to the IAWRT My Climate Change YouTube channel.

The My Climate Change Story YouTube Channel shall be a laboratory for innovation and solutions that can be shared and emulated globally.

IAWRT Norway vice president Nefise Özkal Lorentzen’s film “Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam” has travelled the globe and continues its journey in 2022 and beyond.

It was screened in 29 film festivals in 13 countries in 2021. It has been shown at 16 film festivals in 12 countries so far in 2022. In all, the film has been seen in 21 countries: Denmark, Canada, USA, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, China, Tukey, Serbia, Sweden, Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Ethiopia, Spain, Greece.

What the film is about:

In the 1960s, the hippies championed the idea of a sexual revolution. They received neither Fatwas nor bodyguards. Today, Seyran Ateş – a Turkish-German lawyer, feminist, and one of the first female imams in Europe – is fighting for a sexual revolution within Islam. In return, she was shot, received fatwas and death threats, and now has to live under constant police protection.

The film has received the following awards:


This award-winning documentary was also long-listed for an Oscar at the 94th Academy Awards.

For more info on the film, read here.

Nefise is a Turkish-Norwegian writer, filmmaker and professor at the faculty of Audiovisual Media and Creative Technologies at Innland University, Norway. She received her B.A in Political Science at Bosphorus University in Istanbul and her M.A in Media and Communication at the University of Oslo.

Over the past two decades, she has produced and directed several controversial documentaries related to Islam. As a result of her dedication to LGBTQ rights and human rights activism through her films she has been named one of the TOP 10 immigrant role models in Norway.

Her trilogy of films entitled, Gender Me (2008), A Balloon for Allah (2011) and Manislam (2014), brings alive these untold stories through public visibility. Her recent film Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islamshows that change within Islam is possible.

Nefise has received several awards and nominations, and her films have premiered in prestigious festivals such as IDFA, San Francisco Film Festival, One World Film Festival, Hot Spring Film Festival, Rhode Island Film Festival, CPH: DOX and Goteborg Film Festival among others. She was nominated for the History Makers Award in NYC.

The new book ‘Trailblazing Women of Australian Public Broadcasting’by Dr. Kylie Andrews offers a compelling new perspective of Australian radio and television history. It chronicles how a group of female producers defied the odds and forged remarkable careers in the traditionally male domain of public-affairs production at the ABC in the post-war decades. Kay Kinane, Catherine King, Therése Denny and Joyce Belfrage were ambitious and resourceful producers, part of the vanguard of Australian broadcasters who used mass media as a vehicle for their social and political activism.

This book traces their careers as they crossed borders and crossed mediums, following them as they worked on location shoots and in production offices, in television studios, control rooms and radio booths. In doing so it highlights the barriers, both official and unofficial, that confronted so many women working in broadcasting in the decades after World War II.

The book mentions the IAWRT and its origins and importance to women broadcasters. One of the women featured Catherine King, was a foundational member.

It is now available in hardcover and e-book.

Dr. Kylie Andrews is a Historians and Sessional Academic at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Testimonials about the book:

‘This is an important, overdue ‘remembering’ of women’s role in the creation of the ABC – an entertaining read to set the historical (‘herstorical’) record straight – with startling insights into the

good old days when the boys ‘owned the game’. It’s an eye-opener for younger program-makers to meet the feisty women who paved the way for them.’ – Caroline Jones AO, Veteran ABC broadcaster and national patron of Women in Media

‘This compelling and impeccably researched book uncovers the story of four colourful individuals, Joyce Belfrage, Therése Denny, Kay Kinane and Catherine King, and their outstanding contribution to Australian, and transnational, broadcasting. Andrews brings their careers and achievements to life, highlighting how they battled a culture largely unsupportive of working women.’ – Dr Kate Murphy, Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University

‘A lively, impressively researched, and informative look at barriers faced, and battles won, by a select group of talented female producers at the ABC and beyond – battles won not only for themselves, but for the status of all women who have confronted the same attitudes and obstacles. An inspiring read.’ – Michele Hilmes, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison

‘Kylie Andrews’ fascinating book is a tour-de-force of feminist scholarship and media history. In rescuing the pioneering women of radio and television from the footnotes of history, it offers us not just a vivid panorama of highly talented programme-makers but an endlessly illuminating new take on post-war Australian broadcasting.’ – David Hendy, Emeritus Professor, University of Sussex, BBC Historian

Further Information:



Get yourself involved!

IAWRT members will soon elect a new international board to run the organisation. The Election will be held ONLINE in late September BEFORE the November 18 Biennial in Tanzania. 

Nominate a colleague or become a candidate and vote in September! Nominations are now being received. and will close on August 28, 23H GMT. Membership fees must also be up to date by that date.

The election will again be held online, and paid-up members will receive a secure link to vote.

Candidates should note that they are being asked to provide a video or audio piece to explain their aims to the members. Nomination forms have also been updated for 2022.


August 8 nominations open

September – the elections committee will make that election material available to voting members and also arrange opportunities for online meet-the-candidate sessions.

September 28, 23H GMT voting starts via the link issued to members 

October 2, 23H GMT voting ends 

October 3/4: Results will be issued. Incoming members will be invited to join the outgoing board as non-voting members in order the become familiar with IAWRT operations.


Election Committee Guidelines for IAWRT 2022 election

2022 President IAWRT Nomination form

2022 Vice President IAWRT Nomination form 

2022 Treasurer IAWRT Nomination form 

2022 Secretary IAWRT Nomination form 

2022 Board Member IAWRT Nomination form

Draft Code of Ethics & Election Guidelines

NB: Read forms carefully, they have been updated for 2022, and good luck!



Each of the members has been talking to past board members to get their views – read on.


Interview with Reena Mohan –  IAWRT board member 2020-2022

by Rose Haji Mwalimu

July 2022

  • What does it mean to be a board member? What inspired you to become a board member?

It’s been a bit of a tradition to have a board member from the India Chapter. Archana Kapoor was my predecessor on the board and when she decided she didn’t want to run another term I think I was pushed into contesting the elections.

  • What do you think the role of a board member is, in particular, but also on IAWRT’s mission, in defining the parameters and the choices?

During my term on the board, we’ve had two crises that the network had never dealt with before. As soon as the elections got over, we had to hit the ground running. Icy, our Communications Officer, was arrested and we had to appeal for her release, collect funds to cover legal expenses, etc. Later in August 2021, the Taliban took political control over Afghanistan and our chapter there was in disarray. Many members received death threats and had to flee their homeland. I think I am happy that I could contribute on both occasions towards helping in times of acute distress.

I really think that the work of a board member is non-stop. However, it’s impossible to be active professionally and also be engaged full-time with the work of the board. It helps to have committees where the duties are segregated either according to the office you hold, the country you’re from, the specific talents you may have… everyone works together as a team towards the growth of the network but in separate committees. 

I am part of the Afghanistan crisis committee as well on the Mentoring Program. Two new committees. It’s been very rewarding because I’ve worked closely with other members and together we really have contributed something.

  • You have lived through so many changes in so many different IAWRT governing boards from the time you joined the organization. What would you say are the significant changes to put into record?

I joined IAWRT in 2010 and became head of the India Chapter from 2012- 2015. During my term in office, we streamlined the functioning of the chapter (strengthened and improved the Asian Women’s Film Festival, began filing tax returns, obtained government clearance to receive donations, and made connections with several NGOs and organizations to fund some of our activities, pushed towards setting up the Afghanistan chapter, helped set up the Herat International Women’s Film Festival, etc)

This is my first term on the International board and I have already spelled out what I have done.

  • You are an incumbent board member to have volunteered for one term, what are your experiences in ensuring growth of the organisation? What do you give and take from IAWRT?

Two incidents – Icy’s arrest and the Taliban takeover – have shown how useful it is to be part of a network that can lobby on your behalf and be a source of strength and moral support.

  • How is IAWRT’s mission trying to achieve change on the globe, particularly women or younger generations?

I think we haven’t done enough as far as attracting younger members is concerned. We also haven’t done enough tapping into the vast pool of talent we have among the younger lot. We need to continue with scholarships and chapter activities. We need to have more solid ongoing research work and surveys. We need to have chapters connecting better with each other. We need a digital archive so that members can get a sense of the history of the network and access the work that’s been done previously (films, research projects, etc). We should be doing lengthy interviews with older members as ongoing documentation. There’s a lot that needs to be done not necessarily by board members but across the globe among members in general.

  • IAWRT is publicizing the upcoming 2022 election, are you intending to vie for any position? Why?

Not standing this year. It’s very demanding and I have had to invest a lot of time and energy in many activities. I feel exhausted and want to slow down.

  • What is your call to members?

It’s fun, it’s challenging. If you can work well as a team member, step forward and contribute your bit.


Interview with IAWRT Secretary Nankwanga Eunice Kasirye and former Secretary Violet Gonda

By Nonee Walsh

The simple answer is – it is hard administrative volunteer work, and its degree of difficulty very much depends on what country you are in and what resources you have at your disposal. It is inadvisable to nominate for this position if you have not served at least one term on the IAWRT International board and have time to devote to it.

Nankwanga Eunice Kasirye (Eunice) from Uganda, has served as IAWRT secretary since 2020.  She served at the time when IAWRT no longer had dedicated organisational funding or dedicated full-time paid staff.

“I love IAWRT, I want it to blossom, because without IAWRT I would not have this global network I have through the members. Being the Secretary has given me a big experience – it helps me to revise how I look at things and how I do my work on other platforms, how I handle people, and their expectations. Realistically it is a big opportunity to explore my abilities.”

However, the IAWRT secretary is charged with responsibility for the secretariat – both external (newsletter editing / website) and internal (records board minutes etc), with no funding and only part time secretarial support from another country, so it can be very hard work. The IAWRT Secretariat in 2022 is in fact one person in the Philippines, employed half-time to be the communications officer and responsible for administration required by the President and the board.

Eunice does not edit the website, but writes statements and reports, as well as organising for board and chapter heads meetings, along with other responsibilities, as assigned.

‘It can be almost a full-time job to meet expectations: to prepare agendas and minutes for the board, support committees and chapters, check reports to members and the newsletters, without direct support” she says.

Outgoing IAWRT President, Violet Gonda says “above all, time and commitment is key! People in full time jobs may not be able to handle this position properly.”

 “The position requires someone with time, who can write and is a communicator. That person has to be able to step in and complement the Communications Officer and also communicate with members and not wait for instructions… they must be able to take initiatives… and be able to supervise others.”

Violet served two terms as IAWRT secretary before becoming treasurer in 2015, when IAWRT was just emerging from a period when many board members from Europe had been supported by their broadcasting employers for many decades, to do work for IAWRT.  It was a very different organisation then, with base funding from Norwegian FOKUS close to ending and the organisation starting to operate on project by project funding.

The difficulties of being IAWRT Secretary are compounded in countries where private internet connections are expensive and often poor. This is especially an issue for women working for government media or government itself, who are constantly monitored, necessitating personal investment in computers, VPN’s, or independent communications methods in order to work for IAWRT.

Eunice  says current project based funding has created a situation where members might be legitimately paid to work on projects, but supervision and due diligence is falling to IAWRT’s unpaid executive  members, who can become demoralised, doing unrecognised unpaid work after their full-time jobs.

Nonetheless, Eunice believes that the situation can be dealt with by clarity –  “clear rules for the board to improve operation,  where members agree to disagree, to create a collegial environment and maintain membership; to ensure that members who demand clarity on issues, never feel victimised or isolated and cliques do not form.” 

“ There should be a spirit of free expression in the organisation,“I do feel that the board can do better, to operate as an international association of women in radio and television, where criticism can be heard and discussed freely and every member – board or ordinary – feels supported in their work in the media, whatever or wherever that is.”


Jola Diones Mamangun, Treasurer of IAWRT from 2017 – 2022

By Frieda Werden

“Working as IAWRT Treasurer is a bit stressful. but challenging. I love numbers. I love new ideas. Learning while working is my principle. Since I chose the position for two consecutive terms, I was obliged to work hard to meet the expectations of the board and the organization. I have done my best.  

Working without an IAWRT accountant or a finance officer is really another challenge. I am doing the job alone, without payment, but I still want to continue helping out. I loved being the treasurer and I want to thank IAWRT for choosing me and trusting me.

“We don’t need an expert, but we need an honest person for this position.”

Here is a general list of duties of the IAWRT Treasurer, as carried out by Jola during her term in that office – followed by her answers to specific questions:

  1. I am a member of the fundraising committee whis has the task of looking for funds for IAWRT’s plans and program. Even small funds, like the Journalism and Media International Center in Norway and Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, these really help IAWRT, especially for payment of a the part-time Communication Officer.
  2. I check the financial report from the accountant (Solveig Helvig in Norway did that in the past, then Sanaf Marcelo in the Philippines for a short time). But I’m sad to say I am the one who has been doing the financial report for three years now.
  3. Write to the members and chapter heads about paying their IAWRT membership dues.
  4. Keeping all the financial records, which in the past has been the task of the accountant.
  5. Do the finalisation / liquidation of any funded project and hand it to the external auditor.
  6. Manage small projects for IAWRT. Larger ones should be managed by the executive board.

I gave my time almost fulltime, in recent years for IAWRT.

What bookkeeping or accounting software (if any) is used by IAWRT?
We are using a spreadsheet from Mac.

What forms and specific reports must be filled out (for instance, to report to taxing authority in the Philippines)?
After an annual report for IAWRT, we submitted it to the external auditor.  Then she audits it and submit it to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), then to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Philippines. These are all required from all non-profit and non-commercial incorporations.

Does the Treasurer reimburse expenses, and how is that done? Who authorizes it, and what method(s) are used for funds transfers?
Yes, I did the reimbursements directly, (if there are any – it is very minimal). But before that, it was the admin and finance officer who collated the receipts for reimbursement, then I would check and approve it. We have no budget for the admin and finance now.

Do different funders require different kinds of financial statements in their applications and different kinds of interim and final reports?
Yes, every funder has their own type of financial statement and report. Some of them have templates. If the project is small, they will not require a finance auditor. But if the project is big, we need an auditor for the project.

Don’t non-profit annual reports have to be audited by a registered accountant?  If we don’t have one, I presume we will need one. How much money needs to be raised to pay for such services?
The payment for the registered accountant or financial auditor is based on the amount of the project. There is no standard payment. IAWRT International has an external auditor. For a yearly report, we pay her $100. For project reports, it ranges from $250 to $1000 and 1000 Euro.

Where is IAWRT International’s non-profit status registered?  Do we have to use an auditor based in that country?

IAWRT International is registered in the Philippines. So, the financial audit must be done in the Philippines. It is also registered in Norway, I believe.

If the treasurer is in a different country do we keep the same bank account?  If so, how is the handing over of the signing to a new person done?
The issue of the treasurer must be discussed by the new international board for 2022. Even if the treasurer is not a Filipino, there must be an accountant or admin and finance to handle the finances of IAWRT in the Philippines. The admin and finance must be a Filipino. All the financial transactions made by the admin and finance must be approved by the treasurer or the executive board.

Do checks and funds transfers have to be co-signed, or does the treasurer have sole authority? Is there a backup treasurer who is ready to step in if necessary?
Right now, me (treasurer), Icy, Lady Ann Salem (communications officer) and Sanaf Marcelo (past
admin and finance staff) are the signatories on the IAWRT bank account in the Philippines. Every transaction needs two signatories. We created a local board (IAWRT International) to apply for the bank account. Foreigners are prohibited from SEC registration in the Philippines.

Are there ongoing fundraising projects the new Treasurer would be expected to pick up?
IAWRT has ongoing projects – IMS for the Digital Safe House (DSH) Philippines, UNESCO and JMIC for the Climate Change projects. IMS/CAOV for Moldova/Ukraine DSH project. I will suggest to the new international board that I should finish the liquidations and reports of those 2022 projects, before I step down.

What does the cash flow of IAWRT look like?
The cash flow is dependent on the administrative funds from IAWRT projects and regular payment of memberships, helps. We only need to pay the secretariat, which is Icy as communication officer, because we have no budget for a membership officer and administration and finance staff. There are some small expenses like transportation to the bank ($6 per transaction), internet fees for the treasurer ($30/month) and the yearly gift to the staff in the Robbinsdale Residences (our old office) as they allowed us to use their space for the address of the secretariat office.


Interview with Violet Gonda IAWRT President 2017 -2022

By Anupa Shrestha

Experiences were Challenging but Fulfilling…

You have been in the IAWRT board in different roles as a treasurer, secretary, and president. How was your experience serving IAWRT board in different roles?

Secretary and Treasurer: I was fortunate enough to work in these two roles during the time that IAWRT was fully funded by FOKUS… so we had a funded secretariat that ran the day-to-day business under my supervision. I was able to fully monitor the running of the organisation in my role as secretary, assisted by the communications officer; and as Treasurer assisted by the Finance Office.

When you have these support systems in place the workload is easier and you are able to focus more on the various parts of your roles and responsibilities as stipulated in the Guiding Documents.

President: This was different, as I inherited an organisation without funding and without proper support systems for office bearers, resulting in serious challenges. It meant being distracted from the practical side of running the organisation’s project and activities. I have spent more time trying to keep the organisation afloat and fundraising – a job that ideally should have been for an administrator/fundraiser.

IAWRT was spoilt, with having only one funder for 20 years, so this meant when we lost our funding in 2017, we had to start from the beginning to build networks, partners… to establish ourselves on the world map… that takes time – and in a way, that is one of the most important areas I had to tackle as President. You can write the best proposals in the world but nowadays, if your organisation is not known, that application just goes to the bottom of the pile… I am proud to say we have now built a strong network of strategic international partners – and some of them, like the International Media Support (IMS) has also started fundraising on our behalf and introducing us to potential donors…It certainly helped that I had a dedicated Treasurer (Jola), who has been my right-hand person from the very beginning. But it meant as President, I spent most of our time doing proposals, setting up meetings (some I had to self-sponsor, to meet potential partners).

You had to face crisis like the covid pandemic and also the new method of electronic elections during your terms as president. How did you overcome the challenge?

Despite the Terrible Effects of the COVID Pandemic …

This crisis actually helped us reunite and pull together our network. The world went virtual and so did IAWRT. We moved all our activities online and we were able to conduct a record amount of panel discussions, seminars, and workshops on various issues and with multiple international organisations.

We also connected with the Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) Journalism and Media International Centre (JMIC) and partnered with them to conduct webinars on the safety of journalists and climate change issues; not only were we able to now involve our members from all over the world (something a physical biennial could not do) but we were also to get funding for this… including funded virtual chapter activities…. even chapters that had been dormant for many years, e.g Cambodia, Tanzania and Moldova. We even organised our first ever All Africa Chapters event and secured funding for it.

As President, I have maintained contact with all these organisations and have formal virtual meetings regularly with the JMIC, UNESCO, IMS etc.

We delivered e-voting, an election that ran smoothly and involved many more members than before – and it was conflict-free… an issue that is very important to me as past face-to-face elections marred biennial conferences. Conferences were becoming toxic environments because of the competitive nature of elections. 

What did take from IAWRT in this long period of working?
I ran for office in 2017 on a campaign to rebuild the organisation – even though the funding situation is still work in progress – I believe this board has managed to put structures in place to help professionalise the organisation. We have created several working committees to help run specific activities… e.g Mentoring Committee, Digital Safe House Committee, Afghanistan Committee, Climate Change, Long Doco etc… all to compliment the work of the board and follow through with work required for their respective Committees … we even drew up a 5 year strategic plan to complement our statutes and guiding documents on what and where we want the organisation to be in the next few years. Rome was not built in a day but at least it’s a start and I will always be available to help the organisation when needed.  

How is the IAWRT’s mission trying to achieve change on the globe, particularly women or young generations?

We are partnering with likeminded organisations to be at the forefront of global issues to do with women in the media. Our strategic plan illustrates this mission very well. IAWRT is more visible internationally now as we issue statements on significant world events, we are invited to participate in international campaigns, and we hope projects such as the Digital Safe House platforms will help to create safe spaces for women journalists at risk. 

What is your call to members?
The Board and the Secretariat cannot do it on their own… every member has a duty to step up and be part of this organisation… IAWRT needs members to be more active to help keep the organisation grow.

What is your future plan with IAWRT?

To handover an organisation with a fighting chance’ to the next board… IAWRT has to stand for something and be known internationally for spearheading specific causes – one of those is designing digital safe houses… we have already started the ball rolling in the Philippines, Afghanistan and Moldova… We need core projects that help our members and address global issues such as climate change activities… We also need to continue with our mentoring activities as they not only help provide much needed skills training for our members but also help to maintain and develop relations between our more experienced/veteran members and the younger/new members.


Nina Sabnani, a member of IAWRT India, has devoted two years to developing UNDERSTANDING DESIGN, a combination of free online courses that focus on different aspects of Design Education and Innovation. 

In this course, students get to study the basic concepts of design and understand how the design process works for different aspects such as Society, Sustainability, Industry, Collaboration, Innovation amongst others under seven detailed modules. The course features both eminent and young Indian designers who present case studies and offer insights into the process of design. The course has curated content that include reading material, TED talks and films.

The video production of the course was done by Chandita Mukherjee, and additional scripting inputs were provided by Smriti Nevatia, both of whom are IAWRT India members.

Nina intends to reach out to many learners globally, with engaging and enriching content. There are no prerequisites or qualifications required. Learners of any age, young, working or retired, can join for free from any part of the world.

Available on the government of India’s free e-learning portal, SWAYAM, it is a free online course organised by the Open Design School at IIT Bombay where Nina used to teach. 

There are 9919 students enrolled on the course as of posting.

Course: Understanding Design

Course Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tYxuu_o4Mc&t=1s

To Register for the credit course: https://onlinecourses.swayam2.ac.in/aic19_de04/preview

Enrolment ends on August 1.

The 2022 Women’s International Film Festival is dedicated to the legacy of Hollywood Black Film Festival Creator TANYA KERSEY.

IAWRT USA President Sheila Dallas-Katzman is part of the Screening Committee.

In person screenings:

July 28, 5pm, CRANFORD THEATER, 25 North Avenue, Cranford, NJ

July 29, 5pm, T. THOMAS FORTUNE CULTURAL CENTER, 94 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, NJ

July 30, 12pm, NEWARK MUSEUM OF ART, 49 Washington St., Newark, NJ

August 4, 5pm, ODR STUDIOS, 89 Madison St., Newark, NJ

Virtual screenings:

August 5 – Register: https://bit.ly/3Omv1Lg

August 6

Film programme:

La Receta de la Abuela – Daniela Miranda Perez, Director

The story of Ofelia Moreno, an activist who dedicated 40 years of her life to seeking Truth and Justice for her relatives executed by the Chilean civic-military dictatorship. 11:20 min. – Chile

Adiyah Grace – Brenda Williams, Director Dr. Parks, an African American navigates the discussion of Black Lives Matter discussed in the workplace. 16:58 min. – USA

Under Tension – Mireille Fiévet, Director Keeping the family under the yoke and authority of the father is more and more difficult and dangerous for the balance of the family. 20 min. – France

Precious Cargo: Return to Viet Nam – Janet Paxton Gardner, Director This story explores the complex history of the 1975 Operation Babylift. It was the last chapter of a war that tore this country apart. 28:00 min. – USA/VN

Daughter of A Lost Bird – Brooke Pepion Swaney, Director By sharing a deeply personal experience of inherited cultural trauma, the film opens the door to broader and more complicated conversations about the erasure of Native culture and questions of identity surrounding adoption. 66 min. – USA

A Wake for Mary Murphy – Barrie Dowdall, Director After the sudden death of her mother Nora is left to sort through their unresolved conflicts. During the wake, she is haunted by the ghost of her mother. 6 min. – Ireland

Well Actually – Vlada Knowlton, Director A Black woman software engineer deals with workplace microaggressions from her male colleagues. 9:27 min. – United States

A Stranger at the Funeral – Ana Maria Estrada Cardenas, Director Roberto’s family is surprised by the mystery of the man at the funeral. 15 min. – Peru

Coded Bias – Shalini Kantayya, Director When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies misclassify women and darker-skinned faces, she is compelled to investigate further and start the Algorithmic Justice League. 90 min. – US/UK/China/South Africa

Under The Same Sky – Alison Chace, Director IWomen around the globe share wisdom in a global pandemic. 14:00 – min. – US/Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Mongolian, Panjabi

Eureka – MiidaChu, Director A young indentured Chinese prostitute must overcome her toxic dependency on the brothel madam on the eve of the 1885 anti-Chinese riot in Eureka, California. 14:50 min. – United States

Daughters of the Sea – Laura Esteban, Director Compelling testimonies of gender discrimination are brought to the table, highlighting the bravery of the women who work in the Atlantic Ocen, and the long road that still lies ahead to achieve gender equality in our contemporary society. 17:20 min. – Spain

Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power – Abby Ginzbert, Director An intimate and inspiring portrait or Representative Barbara Lee, a champion of civil rights and a steadfast voice for human rights, peace, and economic and racial justice in the U.S. Congress. 83 min. – United States

Trailer for Thalidomide in the USA – C. Jean Grover, Director This trailer previews the documentary which will disclose first-ever seen footage, by and about United States thalidomide survivors, chronicling their decades-long journey to find the truth about distri- bution of the drug in the US, and its devastating effects. 2:28 min – United States

Maid of Honor – Jessica McGaugh, Director As the maid of honor for her best friend’s wedding, Tasha, a steadfast tomboy, has to get fitted for a dress. 6 min. – United States

boju weyín – Bimpe’ Fageyinbo, Director American poet, Bimpé Fageyinbo explores love, heartbreak and grief in this visual poetic memoir featuring selected poems from her 2010 book “so maybe that’s the bee’s weakness.” 26 min. – US

Guarantee of Life – Veronica Couto and Oscar Vazquez, Directors Abortion in the Dominican Republic is totally prohibited and crimi- nalized by law. Guarantee of life collects testimonies from victims of this legislation to support the feminist movement in its struggle to achieve basic rights for women. 43:39 min. – Spain/Dominican Republic

Aya’s Dream – Aleksandra Orbeck, Katalin Hanappi, Directors A young Ju/ hoansi San girl struggles to navigate the society she finds herself in. We follow her spiritual and dreamlike journey of connecting to her ancestors, reconnecting to the identity of her people and rediscovering the essence of life. 13:00 min. – Namibia

Cross – Hyunjin Lee, Director A Korean immigrant mom in the US goes through a journey against her religious faith to embrace her only son who is discovering his sexual orientation. 15:41 min. – United States

Lost From Sight – Olivier vandersleyen, Director Marie Gaillet, a Belgian artist, has been a painter for 70 years and has been severely handicapped for 13 years by AMD. 93 years old, she still continues to give painting classes. 23:41 min. – Belgium

The Racial Politics of Abortion: A Short Film by Dawn Porter – Acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter ‘s intimate and personal view of the often-overlooked stories of Black women who seek out reproductive services in America. This documentary gives a snapshot into the lives of Black healthcare providers, mothers and pro-choice and pro-life activists and shows how laws that restrict abortion access impact Black women and their families. 26:10 min – USA

Four Hours a Day – Ayelet Dekel, Director Babies who, according to the kibbutz ideology, were taken from their mothers and raised and lived in children home. Every mother was allowed to hold her child for only “Four Hours a Day.” The mental scars created and left in the hearts of mothers and their children are exposed for the first time in this Documentary . 55:00 min. – Israe

The Dress – Marie Karkashadze, Director A young women under house arrest decides to change her ap- pearance drastically for the last chance and a “perfect date” with someone she loves the most. 8:55 min. – United States

Demolition: Staging A Protest – Grace Uther, Director Powerhouse femme performers Polytoxic are taking down the patri- archy with spectacular force … and everyone is invited to the show. 24:35 min. – Australia

Unseen: How We’re Failing as Parent Caregivers & Why It Matters – Amanda Dyer, Tom Dyer, Directors Through the power of unfiltered, compelling human stories, Unseen cultivates compassion and tangible support for the caregivers in our communities. 46:28 min. – United States

String of Stories – Indrani Nayar-Gall, Director Traumatic life experiences of three women who have been victims of the Devadasi tradition (religious servitude). 1:11:29 – United States/Canada/India

For more information: https://wim-n.com/2022-2/

Flyer: https://wim-n.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Womens-International-Film-Festival-2022-program.pdf