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Women’s History Month Film Festival at East Orange Public Library

EAST ORANGE, NJ – Women in Media-Newark (WIM-N), working in partnership with Rutgers University–Newark, will hold its ninth annual International Film Festival from March 27 through April 5 in celebration of Women’s History Month.

As always, the Festival will screen international, independent film by and about global women’s issues. This year for the first time, films from every continent except for Antarctica will be represented. The nine-day film festival will be hosted at six venues: The Newark Museum; the Paul Robeson Student Center at Rutgers-Newark; the East Orange Public Library; the Newark Public Library; the Scotch Plains Public Library; and 1978 Gallery in Maplewood, NJ. All events are free and open to the public.

“Each year, our Festival brings presents an amazing array of independent films from around the world that focus on issues that affect women and celebrate the indomitable spirit of women,” said Pamela Morgan, Executive Director and founder of the Festival. “Our theme this year is Passages: Women in Transition. Our films focus on sexuality, familial relationships, and other major life transitions such as migration, aging, and human trafficking.

“The feature films are the anchor of the Festival; and the film shorts are nuggets bringing brief and profound insights. As always, we’re impressed with the talent and expertise of the filmmakers who take part in our Festival.”

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The opening ceremony will take place on March 27 at the Newark Museum with the screening of The Rape of Recy Taylor, presenting the incredible story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper who was gang raped by six white men in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator, Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. A panel discussion on the current societal climate regarding sexual harassment will be held immediately after the screening.

An art exhibit will accompany the Festival, highlighting works by local women artists. Curated by Gladys Barker Grauer and Adrienne Wheeler, the exhibit is on display at Rutgers University Newark’s Paul Robeson Art Gallery.

One of the hallmarks of the Festival is the tribute it pays to women who have made a significant contribution to the community. This year’s honorees are: Pat Faison, marketing associate with The Newark Museum and coordinator of the Newark Black Film Festival;

A few of the festival highlights include:

March 27

  • Honoring Pat Faison, marketing associated at The Newark Museum; Ellen Lambert,

    PSEG Foundation’s President and Chief Diversity Officer; and vocalist Antoinette Montague

  • Screening The Rape of Recy Taylor

    March 28

• Screening Don’t Tell Anyone, a story of an undocumented South American immigrant.

March 29

  • Film shorts screening program

  • Honoring Leadership Newark Executive Director Celia King

  • Jazz concert by the Antoinette Montague Experience. Montague has traveled the globe with

    her music, always reminding her audience that she is a product of Newark, New Jersey.

    March 30

  • Honoring activist Miryam Torres

  • Screening the Australian documentary The Baulkhamhills African Ladies Troupe

    March 31

  • Honoring Dr. Rochelle Hendricks, State Secretary of Higher Education; and Newark artist

    and educator Nettie Forne Thomas

  • Screening film shorts including Newark native Nefertite Nguvu’s Myself When I Am Real; and feature documentary Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

    April 2

• Screening of film shorts and film maker Mariette MonPierre’s documentary Between Two

Shores at East Orange Public Library April 3

• Screening film shorts and feature The Last Library at the Newark Public Library April 4

• Screening film shorts and Little Stones,

April 5
• Screening Tale of Four, actress Gabourney Sidibe’s directorial debut. T

Co-sponsors of the Women In Media-Newark film series include the Rutgers University–Newark Office of University-Community Partnerships/Office of the Chancellor, the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, the City of Newark, 1978 Gallery, the East Orange Public Library, the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.; the Newark Museum, the Scotch Plains Public Library, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark School of the Arts, and WBGO-Newark Public Radio.

The film festival is free and open to the public, although donations are welcome. More information can be found by visiting, or you may call 973-996-8342 or email us at

About Women In Media-Newark:

Women In Media – Newark is an organization that advocates for and educates the public about issues affecting the lives of women using film, video and new media as our platform. Merging culture and academia, we rally behind our sisters who courageously struggle to assume leadership roles in the film industry with their conscious effort to present a balanced image of women, dispelling the stereotypes and changing public perception of their sisters worldwide.

About Rutgers University – Newark

Rutgers University - Newark is a diverse, urban, public research university that is an anchor institution in New Jersey’s cultural capital. Approximately 12,000 students are currently enrolled at its 38-acre campus in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the Graduate School- Newark, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, the School of Law-Newark, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration. At a historical moment when our cities, our state, our nation, and our world desperately need higher education to fulfill its promise as an engine of discovery, innovation, and social mobility. Rutgers University – Newark is exceptionally well positioned to fulfill that promise. It has a remarkable legacy of producing high-impact scholarship that is connected to the great questions and challenges of the world. It has the right mix of disciplines and first-rate interdisciplinary centers and institutes to take on those questions and challenges. It is in and of a city and region where its work on local challenges undertaken with partners from sectors resonates powerfully throughout our urbanizing world. Most importantly, Rutgers University - Newark brings an incredible diversity of people to this work—students, faculty, staff, and community partners—making it more innovative, more creative, more engaging, and more relevant for our time and the times ahead. For more information please visit

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