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4.25.2009

CineWomen On Screen: A NYWIFT Series
Presents "Motherland"
Thursday, April 30th, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Magno Review 1 Screening Room
729 Seventh Avenue, between 48th & 49th Streets

CineWomen On Screen – A NYWIFT Series celebrates the work of emerging female filmmakers from all over the world. Films that are included in the series must be directed, co-directed, produced, written, edited or shot by women. Whenever possible, the filmmakers are present for discussion and socializing after their works are presented. This month's film is MOTHERLAND, directed by Jennifer Steinman. There will be a Q&A following the screening with the filmmaker, and an after-party to follow.


SYNOPSIS:
Filmmaker and long-time volunteer Jennifer Steinman, had always believed in the theory that "giving is healing." When her good friend's son died tragically in a car accident, Steinman looked for a way to help, and wondered if the opportunity to travel and work as a volunteer could potentially help in her friend's healing process. So in December of 2006, Steinman organized a service trip to South Africa for her friend and 5 other American women who had lost children— a trip designed for the women to give of themselves in service and simultaneously gain a global perspective on the grieving process. With pain in their hearts and the willingness to make a difference, this intrepid group of women traveled half way around the world to live with local African families and to work with African organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children. Motherland is a documentary film that reveals what happened, and the lives that were forever changed, on this journey of hope and healing.

DIRECTOR'S BIO: Jennifer Steinman, Co-Founder of the film production company Smush Media, has over 14 years of experience in television and filmmaking. She began her career as a staff Editor at CBS, both in New York and San Francisco. Her editing work has aired nationally on PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Sundance Channel and many other television networks. Her films have been accepted into many major film festivals including San Francisco International, Rotterdam, and Sundance, and she has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing. MOTHERLAND is Jennifer's directorial debut.

$6 for NYWIFT members
$10 for Nonmembers
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