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Women and Children at Risk: Pulitzer Center Shorts Program at CUNY

Event Date:

March 31, 2012 | 4:15 PM EDT TO 6:00 PM EDT
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This reporting initiative partners African and US journalists to explore critical challenges in...

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219 W. 40th Street, Third Floor
(between 7th and 8th Avenue)
New York, NY

Seating is limited, please RSVP.

Short films and discussion on the global phenomenon of child brides, honor killings in Pakistan, adoptions and trafficking in Nepal, and reproductive health in Liberia.

Followed by a Pulitzer Center-sponsored reception from 6:00-6:45 pm


Too Young to Wed The Secret World of Child Brides by Stephanie Sinclair RT: 10 min.

Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste. Over an eight-year period, photographer Stephanie Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia. Her multimedia presentation for the Pulitzer Center, produced in association with National Geographic, synthesizes this body of work into a call to action. Sinclair's work took first place in the 2012 World Press Photo contest, and second place in the multimedia story division of the Pictures of the Year International's photojournalism competition.

Left in Limbo: Nepalese Adoptions Halted by Habiba Nosheen, Lisa Desai and Anup Kaphla, and Outlawed in Pakistan by Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann. RT: 13:50 min and 2:20 min.

For the last two years Habiba Nosheen has documented the life of a Pakistani girl who was gang raped, faced the threat of "honor killing," and later fought for justice in the local courts. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Habiba has also reported for the Pulitzer Center on irregularities in international adoptions from Nepal, broadcast on Need To Know, for which she won a Gracie Award in the category of outstanding reporter/correspondent.

The Clarinetist by Dominic Bracco and Susana Seijas; RT: 4:20 min.

The Clarinetist chronicles the life of Esteban, a 15-year-old-boy living in one of the most violent cities in the world: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The project highlights how his passion for music saves his life. Economic decline and lack of infrastructure, especially schools, has pushed an increasing number of Juarez youth to the violent world of the drug cartels where murder-for-hire can cost as little as $50.

The Promise of Life: By Jake Naughton, Jina Moore and Mae Azango RT: 6 min.

Featuring work in progress from the Pulitzer Center's collaborative reporting project between local African and US-based journalists on reproductive health in Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. The work will highlight the story of Mae Azango, an independent Liberian journalist and New Narratives contributor, whose own personal experiences inspired her to report on women's issues in her country. Mae is currently facing intimidation and death threats for her reporting on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia. Her story was recently featured on PRI's The World.

With a panel discussion featuring Nathalie Applewhite, managing director of the Pulitzer Center, and award-winning filmmaker Habiba Nosheen.

The evening also includes a screening of A Bitter Taste of Freedom, by Marina Goldovskaya, from 7:00-8:20 pm. The film tells the story of Anna Politkovskaya who inspired awe in some and fear in countless others. An investigative journalist for Moscow's liberal Novaya Gazeta, she was often the only spokesperson for victims of the Chechen War. Hers was a lonely voice, yet loud enough for the entire country to hear. It was too loud. At age 48 she was assassinated.

See full schedule for the day.

The Pulitzer Center screening is part of the City University of New York's (CUNY) Second Annual Global Film Series on Women's Human Rights, taking place from March 29-31. The festival will bring together films, filmmakers, prominent journalists, and activists to discuss the often-abysmal state of women's rights throughout the world.

Launched last year at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the film series will feature works from Russia, Tanzania, Nepal, Colombia, Kenya, Western Sahara, Afghanistan, Zambia, the United States and other countries where women are subject to such chronic problems as poor maternal care, sex trafficking, honor killings, child marriage, rape as a weapon of war, and genital mutilation.

Learn more about the series and all the featured films.


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