“Call for Change”

Third World Newsreel Film Festival from Oct 7-9 at BAMcinématek

This coming weekend, Third World Newsreel is showing a series of social issue and activist documentaries at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Third World Newsreel has provided an alternative media outlet for developing artists and audiences of color. This program brings together some of the best films from the Newsreel history, as well as new shorts from the recent Call for Change project.

Established in December 1967 as Newsreel, a network of radical filmmakers, its activist collectives produced and distributed their own short black-and-white films covering the anti-war and women's movements, civil and human rights, the Black Panthers, and the Young Lords. Today, TWN carries on the progressive vision of its founders, and remains the oldest media arts organization in the U.S. devoted to cultural workers of color and their global constituencies through our distribution services, training workshops for emerging makers and youth, production and technical support and community exhibitions. Third World Newsreel is the producer of the Call for Change series.

For more information and tickets, visit www.bam.org.

Call for Change: Third World Newsreel schedule
Friday, October 7 at 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm
The Healing Passage (2004), 90min
Directed by S. Pearl Sharp
The psychological impact of the African Holocaust still reverberates in the African Diaspora and the larger world today. This documentary investigates the trauma of the past through genetic memory, as cultural artists create paths through rituals, music, dance, and visual art in an effort to heal the spirit and community. With commentary by Oscar Brown, Jr., Ysaye Barnwell, Gil Noble, and others, this work is a contribution to the cultural heritage and history of the African American community today. "Beautiful and challenging...The finest accomplishment yet from this noted poet-filmmaker"-The Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 8 at 2, 6:50pm
All Power to the People!: Gentrification, 90 minutes of shorts
The People Are Rising (El Pueblo se Levanta) (1971), 50 min. In the late 1960s, conditions for Puerto Ricans in the U.S. reached the boiling point. Faced with racial discrimination, deficient community services, and poor education and job opportunities, Puerto Rican communities began to address these injustices by using direct action. This film focuses on the community of East Harlem, capturing the compassion and militancy of the Young Lords as they implemented their own health, educational, and public assistance programs and fought back against social injustice. An excellent portrayal of inner-city organizing in the late 1960s.
Break and Enter (Rompiendo Puertas) (1970), 42 min, directed by Newsreel
In 1970, several hundred Puerto Rican and Dominican families reclaimed housing left vacant. The film records the families cleaning and repairing the building and moving in.

Saturday, October 8 at 4:30, 9:15pm
The Immigrant Experience, 68 minutes of shorts, all from 2005 unless otherwise noted, and all part of Third World Newsreel's Call For Change program
Rising Up: The Alarms, 10 min, directed by Konrad Aderer. After over 13,000 people have been deported under Homeland Security Special Registration programs, one Muslim group in Queens is fighting for its right to stay.
We Too Sing America (2001), 12 min, directed by Yun Jong Suh. This short is a poignant and revealing document of the thoughts, hopes, and fears of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab children in the milieu of a country calling for war and unconditional compliance. Saj:
To Be Muslim, 5 min, directed by Sam Pollard. A young NYC African American woman talks about what it means to define oneself as a Muslim today, and her concerns and crises of faith.
Dastaar, 10 min, directed by Kevin Lee. Since 9/11, hate crimes and job losses have plagued the Sikh-American community. This is an introduction to an often misunderstood religion and the success of community activism.
Among the First to Die, 11 min, directed by Paul Barrera. The life and death of one of the first American casualties of the War against Terror-Lance Corporal Jose Gutierrez-a 28-year-old Guatemalan, who received his citizenship posthumously.
Just Ralph, 10 min, directed by Clifton Watson. This is a day in the life of Ralph, a Palestinian-American grocery store owner, whose store in Brooklyn is the neighborhood center.
Labor of Love, 10 min, Domestic Workers United. Over 200,000 women work in the homes of New Yorkers as housekeepers and nannies. Mostly women of color and often undocumented, they are not covered by labor laws, and for many, the pay and working conditions are incomprehensible.

Sunday, October 9 at 2, 6:50pm
Newsreel in NYC, 84 minutes of shorts, all films made by the Newsreel collective
Mill-In (1968) 12 min. In order to raise the consciousness of New Yorkers, anti-war demonstrators took to the streets on fashionable Fifth Avenue on Christmas eve.
Lincoln Hospital (1970) 12 min. When a city-run health clinic in the Bronx fails to meet needs, residents and health workers force a strike and run the clinic themselves.
Community Control (1969) 50 min. As part of a 1968 experiment in community-run education, the Ocean Hill-Brownsville community board requested the reassignment of teachers perceived as racists. The request brought anger and ultimately a citywide teacher's strike.
People's Firehouse #1 (1979), 25min, co-directed by Paul Schneider, "We're making our point to the whole United States: you can fight the system, and win!" The Polish Americans of Northside, Brooklyn realized their community was under attack by the city bureaucracy: schools, hospitals, and other services had been closed or cut back and the neighborhood had begun to decay. The closing of the local firehouse was the last straw. They occupied the firehouse and began a campaign to win back fire protection and revitalize their neighborhood.

Sunday, October 9 at 4:30, 9:15pm
Raise Your Voice, 70 minutes of shorts, all from 2005, and all a part of Third World Newsreel's Call For Change program
Untold Legacy, 11 mins, directed by Leslie Brown. In February 2005, the City Council began to consider a bill that would require companies doing business with New York to investigate and reveal any past relationship to the slave trade.
Latino Poets Speak Out, 9 min, directed by Ruben Gonzalez, Renata Gangemi. Three shorts (three minutes each) featuring performances by some of New York City's vanguard Latino poets.
Welcome to the Twisted World, 5 min, directed by Donna Golden. An animated short that contrasts American news media coverage of the Iraq war with the Iraqi point of view.
Voices in the Street, 11 min, directed by Takagi and Lew. When the Republicans came to Madison Square Garden, workers in the area-from hotdog vendors to day laborers-were directly affected.
Military Option, 11 min, directed by Al Santana, Alonzo Speight. "Women, money, and travel!" It is still the hook that military recruiters are using on young minority men, as two students discover at a Queens recruitment office.
Military Promise, 8 min, directed by Kamisha S. Through one naval cadet, this film looks at whether the Navy lives up to its glamorous promises during recruitment.
She Rhymes Like a Girl, 5 min, by the Third World Newsreel. Toni Blackman and the FreeStyle Union are challenging the male-dominated world of hip hop and empowering women to speak their minds.
Walking with FUREE, 10 min, directed by Miriam Perez. This is a look at one woman's struggles with the welfare office and how her experience with FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality) led her to become an activist and speaker.