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CineWomen On Screen: A NYWIFT Series - Motherland, April 30th

This monthly event 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.
There will be a Q&A following the screening. There will also be an after-party to follow.

This month's film is MOTHERLAND, directed by Jennifer Steinman.


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.


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.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts