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Join us for a panel discussion about the intersecting roles of filmmaking and activism with documentary filmmakers Assia Boundaoui, Contessa Gayles, Grace Lee, and Marjan Safinia. Moderated by Sarah Moshman, this round table conversation explores how the filmmakers' projects are propelling forward a cause, issue, or narrative and what insights they can share. We find out how their goals for impact have evolved over the course of their careers and specific projects, what initiatives have worked, how they define success, and what they have learned along the way. Whether you're an artist, social justice advocate, or both, this discussion will spark some inspiration for your current or next project to be even more impactful. 

Film Fatales is a 501(c)3 non profit arts organization which advocates for parity in the film industry and supports an inclusive community of over a thousand women and non-binary feature film and television directors nationwide. Film Fatales raises the visibility of marginalized directors and increases the talent pool for industry organizations, programmers and production companies looking to work with more underrepresented voices. By expanding the landscape of storytelling, Film Fatales continues to bring exciting new films to the screen. more...
Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based in New York City. She has reported for BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, VICE, and CNN and was the recipient of the first-place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting. more...
Contessa Gayles is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist, and an Emmy-nominated producer. She tells stories about identity, movement and social change, with a focus on race, ethnicity and gender. From 2014 - 2018, she was a producer at CNN, where she produced, directed, shot and edited award-winning original series and documentaries, including THE FEMINIST ON CELLBLOCK Y, WOMEN WHO MARCH, WOMEN WHO MARCH: THE MOVEMENT, and THIS IS BIRTH with Lisa Ling. more...
Grace Lee directed and produced the Peabody Award-winning AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS about the legendary civil rights activist which The Hollywood Reporter called “an entertainingly revealing portrait of the power of a single individual to effect change.” The film won multiple festival audience awards and was broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV. more...
Marjan Safinia is an Iranian documentary filmmaker whose films examine identity, community and social justice. BUT YOU SPEAK SUCH GOOD ENGLISH explores the first-generation immigrant experience from an insider perspective. SEEDS, tells the story of ten brave teenagers from the world’s most troubled conflict zones living side-by-side for one life-changing summer. more...
Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Netflix, PBS, Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America. Sarah has directed and produced 3 feature-length documentaries: THE EMPOWERMENT PROJECT: ORDINARY WOMEN DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS (2014), LOSING SIGHT OF SHORE (2017) and NEVERTHELESS (2020). more...

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