By Abdi Ali
Published November 11, 2017
A movie that tells the stories of ordinary women facing their fears, cares and everyday struggles in order to fight for their communities and their very lives has made its world premiere.
NOTHING WITHOUT US: THE WOMEN WHO WILL END AIDS by Harriet Hirshorn Combines archival footage and interviews with female activists, scientists and scholars in US America and Africa to demonstrate the role women activists play in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
You can watch the trailer of NOTHING WITHOUT US: THE WOMEN WHO WILL END AIDS online to discover why it is described as an unexpectedly upbeat film about pressing global issues conveyed through intimate, evocative journeys.
The 68-minute film that is directed by Hirshorn and produced and edited by Mary Patierno is showing in New York City, New York, USA, this weekend.
A BETTER MAN, another production of Women Make Movies, shall premiere on November 15, 2017.
Executive Produced by Sarah Polley, (STORIES WE TELL) A BETTER MAN offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse. While they were a couple, Steve exposed Attiya to terrifying daily verbal and physical abuse. Twenty years later, they revisit their relationship, walking through the physical – and emotional – spaces they once inhabited together. A BETTER MAN explores the potential of involving the abuser in domestic violence prevention and empowers audience members to play new roles in challenging domestic violence.
Screenings of the 78-minute film produced in Canada will be followed by a Q&A with Co-Director Attiya Khan, producer Christine Kleckner and subject Tod Augusta-Scott. But you can watch the trailer before then.
Women Make Movies, that says it started in in 1972 as a feminist filmmakers’ collective, says it has grown “into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor” which has “transformed the landscape of filmmaking for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women around the world to screens everywhere.”