Screening Films About Immigrant Women in Queens

Screenshot from "Claiming our Voice." (Photo by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, courtesy of Fine Grain Films)

Screenshot from “Claiming Our Voice.” (Photo by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, courtesy of Fine Grain Films)

A new film series,  Immigrant Women: Sharing Our Voice Through Film, will begin on Feb. 27 in Maspeth and will continue each month through June in other parts of Queens, such as Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood, Angy Altamirano of Queens Courier reports.

The organizer of the series is the nonprofit organization, New York Women in Film and Television. The series is being funded by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Council member Elizabeth Crowley as part of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.

 “The immigrant experience is something really important and doesn’t really have the representation in mainstream media,” said Elizabeth Estrada, executive assistant at NYWIFT and project manager for the film series. “I think it’s great to know the stories of people that you live around and pass on the street.”

Among the documentaries that will be screened are: “Judith: Portrait of a Street Vendor,” directed and produced by Zahida Pirani; “Claiming Our Voice,” directed and produced by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel; and “Living Quechua,” directed and produced by Christine Mladic Janney.

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