2008.03.02 - Asian American films at the Grassroots Media Conference in NYC

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Asian American filmmakers Konrad Aderer, Kevin Lee, and JT Takagi will screen their short films this Sunday at the "Call for Change Series" screening at the Grassroots Media Conference at Hunter College in New York City. Aderer and Lee will attend in person. The image to the right is from Aderer's film "Rising Up: The Alams."

The details:

5th Annual Grassroots Media Conference
Speaking Truth To Power- Media Justice in Our Communities
Co-Sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Department, Hunter College/CUNY
Sunday March 2, 9am-6pm
68th Street and Lexington Ave
Enter at West Building (Southwest Corner, enter from street or directly from 6 train)
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Session 2: 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Call for Change is a vibrant series of short documentaries about various communities of color in New York City. Each documentary opens a window into a different aspect of life in the city: a Palestinian-American voting for the first time;Sikhs defending their civil rights to wear turbans and practice their religion; a Bangladeshi family fighting against deportation; domestic workers demanding better working conditions, and more.

*Q&A With The Following Filmmakers to Follow: Kevin Lee, Filmmaker Konrad Aderer, Filmmaker Miriam Perez, Filmmaker Neha Singh, Advocacy Director / Staff Attorney, The Sikh Coalition Wanda Imueson, FUREE

The films:

11min | Clifton Watson | 2005
An alternately serious and humorous "day in the life" of Ralph, a Palestinian-American grocery store owner, whose Brooklyn store is the neighborhood drop in center. As the 2004 election approached, Ralph reflected on being a Palestinian and on voting for the first time, while the neighborhood chimed in. A short that wrecks the western media stereotype of Palestinians, and a display of a truly multicultural neighborhood.

10 min | Domestic Workers United | 2005
Over 200,000 women work in the homes of New Yorkers as housekeepers and nannies. Mostly women of color and often undocumented, their work is not covered by labor laws, and for many, the pay and conditions of work are beyond belief. The women are beginning to organize, though, to fight for a bill of rights. As one worker says: imagine if all 200,000 went on strike one day? Wall Street would have to shut down as families had to watch their own children. Part of the Call for Change series.

7 min | JT Takagi | 2005
Toni Blackman and the FreeStyle Union are challenging the male dominated world of hip hop and empowering women to speak their minds in freestyle workshops. This music video/documentary hopes to promote a movement of female MCs. Part of the Call for Change Series.

10 min | Miriam Perez | 2005
Post 9/11, Wanda Imueson, a Harlem raised believer in the American Dream, found herself jobless and going to the welfare office. The humiliation of her treatment and the persistent efforts of the women at FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality), led Wanda to become an activist and speaker and to recruit other women to empower themselves.

12 min | Kevin Lee | 2005
A restaurant owner beaten. A policeman fired. A 20 year subway conductor born in the U.S., threatened with job loss: All for wearing the signature turbans of their religion, Sikhism. Since 9/11, hate crimes and job losses have plagued the Sikh-American community, whose religion originated in India, and is not even Islamic. In response, the NYC Sikh community has organized to confront the bias and attacks, through legal suits, pressure on city officials and proactive public education. An excellent introduction to an often misunderstood religion and the success of community activism.

11 min | Konrad Aderer | 2005
As part of the Homeland security measures, immigrant men from 25, mostly Muslim countries were required to enroll in a Special Registration program. The result: no evidence of terror, but some 13,000 people are now being deported mostly for expired visas. The Alams were among the many families who believed that voluntarily participating in the Special Registration would show their loyalty. Instead, they face the prospect of breaking up their family, despite a decade of hard work and the raising of two children. Working with DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), the Queens South Asian activist group, the Alams have become activists, organizing to fight for their right to stay.

REGISTER TODAY to save $10 off conference registration!
Your last chance to register at the pre-conference rate will be Friday at 5pm. Visit or stop by our ticketing locations:
Bluestockings Bookstore:
172 Allen Street between Stanton and
Rivington :: 212.777.6028
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Registration Rates:
$20 adults advance/$30 day of
$15/$25 student registration with valid ID
$10 Hunter Students with valid ID
$5 youth (18 and under)
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